Taking a Bite Out of Blended

Spotlight on all things blended and beyond

I tried. I failed. I learned.

As we all jump into this blended learning journey, we will embrace the messiness as we make iterations throughout the way. We continue to FAIL FORWARD.

Here are some examples from our PL Team Members of when they tried something new, failed at it, and the lesson they learned from that failure.

Mrs. Robert's Example

"I started my student reflection with students choosing one of the following questions: 'What is something new you learned today?' or 'Show me a mistake you made and how you fixed it.' I spent a week modeling appropriate responses and highlighting student responses that were on track. I had Mercedes come in and take data collection and realized that students were giving what looked like excellent reflections but didn’t actually reflect what the student had done during our Math rotations. They were only copying what I had told them a good response looked like! I then went back and talked to the students about WHY I was having them reflect: this was their chance to let me know how awesome they were doing on something or to “raise their hand” and ask for help. I changed my question choices to: 'What is something new you learned/celebration you would like to share?' or 'Tell me something you need help with.' I then honored their reflections by celebrating with them or giving them help during Success or our Friday conferences."

Ms. Lawrence's Example

"I have been doing stations for awhile and my students have been doing really well with them. I decided to change up the stations one week. I assumed that once I had my stations up and running that changing them up would not really be an issue. Well I was so very wrong. I gave a brief description of the new station and let them go. The class went nuts! It was like day one all over again. I had to stop and pull the students together and explicitly teach the new expectations."

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Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 8pm

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