Taking A Bite Out Of Blended

Spotlight on all things blended and beyond

That AHA Moment

"It is a moment of clarity, a defining moment where you gain real wisdom - wisdom you can use to change your life. Whether big or small, funny or sad, they can be surprising and inspiring. Each one is unique, deeply personal, and worth sharing."

Here are some stories from Sunny Heights teachers that highlight one of their AHA moments, when it came to blended learning.

Ms. Stuart's AHA Moment

"My AHA moment came after I noticed students were lagging on Lexia. They lacked motivation. I noticed they weren’t growing. They weren't staying focused on task. I then decided to incorporate the Lexia tracking forms and data folders. Week 1 of implementation – five kids had already passed a level. It was like a complete transformation. My kids were motivated, they were growing, they were on task. As soon as students were able to track and see their own data, they were completely motivated to continue to grow. I have also noticed that it has created a culture where students are celebrating each other’s success."

Ms. Brainard's AHA Moment

"My biggest AHA moment came when I realized the power of small group instruction and being able to meet with every student. My students are getting their needs met so much more from the daily math/reading lesson in a teacher small group versus one whole group lesson. I am able to meet students where they at, provide for them what they need to work on and what they need challenged in."

Ms. Blaising's AHA Moment

"My biggest struggle and barrier was my reading block when thinking of blended learning. I thought 'How am I going to hit all of the components of my reading block in small groups with the short amount of time that I have with them?' I just could not seem to wrap my brain around it. However, I dove in and really started to focus on small group instruction. I saw significant growth in my students since I started doing small group. I also realized I knew my students strengths and weaknesses on a more personal level. But the real AHA moment came with I observed a model of a strategy/skill small group. It was the piece of the puzzle I was missing for reading block instruction. I then planned and taught a skill group and it all made sense. I realized small group isn't always a guided reading group. I can teach a certain skill, standard, or strategy to a group of students who are struggling with that particular concept. I taught my first skill group just focusing on a specific skill and one of my students understood the lesson, caught on right away, and then referenced it the next day. It all seemed to just click. I now feel that I have a better understanding of how to fit in small group instruction in the blended learning model during my reading block."

A Challenge for YOU: #whyipersonalize

Why do YOU personalize? Why is personalization so valuable to our students, to you, to all of us? I challenge you to come up with a statement, an image, a gathering of thoughts of why you personalize. If you are up for this challenge, please send it to me via email or in person. (There are prizes involved if you complete this challenge).

QR Codes

Ms. Rogers' students audio recorded their fables that they wrote and then created QR codes to share. Talk with her about the logistics if you are interested in implementing this in your room! Here is an example:

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Blended Learning Forum

Thursday, June 9th, 8:30am-4:30pm

10925 East Prospect Street

Indianapolis, IN

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