Blended Learning Structures
"Blended learning is the engine that can power personalized and competency-based learning."
Blended Learning is...
2. The student learns at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home.
3. The modalities along each student's learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.
definition from Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools
by Michael B. Horn & Heather Staker
"Differentiating instruction is the key to reaching all students." (page 40)
from Blended Learning in Grades 4-12
by Catlin Tucker
Lesson Design: A Process for Personalization
blended ≠ stations
Blended is a mindshift and it is a lesson design philosophy. Every day is a “blended day” in English 1 this year.
Birdville blended is more personalized learning for students based on individual student data, interests and needs.
The following process illustrates how each of the Birdville Blended Pillars work together to design personalized learning.
Station work can be...
1. online, personalized learning (Membean, NoRedInk, flipped videos)
2. reading (small literature groups, partner annotating, individual silent reading, audio-supported individual reading)
3. writing (pre-writing, drafting, revising, writing groups, editing, publishing)
4. teacher directed instruction/support (conferencing, guided practice, goal setting, data check, application, or extension)
5. student demonstration of learning (application and extension stations)
The resources that follow are specific examples of facilitating student learning in stations.
Canvas Supports Online Learning
- Online Discussions
- Notes and Assignments Posted Online
- Collaborative Group Work
- Flipped Assignments
Online Tools Support Personalized Learning
Flipping Your Classroom
Hear from the co-founder of the Flipped Classroom movement, Jon Bergmann, by engaging in the videos and podcasts embedded below.
"It [blended learning] can free up teachers to become learning designers, mentors, facilitators, tutors, evaluators, and counselors to reach each student in ways never before possible."
What are some different ways to personalize station work?
SIOP strategies: ELLs need station work with embedded visuals, shorter directions, recorded directions with modeling, simple synonyms given with complex concepts, and careful grouping based on TELPAS levels