Raising Blended Learners in BISD
benefits and background of personalized learning
Canvas course with discussions, resources, rubrics, and more to help 8th and 10th teachers and coaches prepare to blend!
Birdville Blended: A Raise Your Hand Texas demonstration site
- 2016-17 9th grade English 1 blended (station rotations & flipped)
- 2017-18 8th grade ELAR & 10th English 2 (station rotations & flipped)
- 2018-19 6th & 7th ELAR (station rotations & flipped)
* end of grant = 6-10th ELA will be blended
9th Grade Teachers Attended Blended Academies to Prepare
Resources and information about the Raising Blended Learners Initiative.
Background and Vocabulary
Blended Learning Definitions
blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns:
(1) at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace;
(2) at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home;
(3) and the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.
rotation model is a course or subject in which students rotate on a ﬁxed schedule or at the teacher’s discretion between learning modalities, at least one of which is online learning. Other modalities might include activities such as small-group or full-class instruction, group projects, individual tutoring, and pencil-and-paper assignments. The students learn mostly on the brick-and-mortar campus, except for any homework assignments.
flipped classroom is a course or subject in which students participate in online learning off-site in place of traditional homework and then attend the brick-and-mortar school for face-to-face, teacher-guided practice or projects. The primary delivery of content and instruction is online, which differentiates a Flipped Classroom from students who are merely doing homework practice online at night.
Year 1 Implementation
Data-driven instruction, flexible instructional groupings informed by data, and student agency with goal-setting and teacher mentoring are all being integrated into these classrooms at the three traditional high schools.
The goal of Birdville Blended is to tailor learning for students based on their personal needs, interests, and learning styles. This instructional model provides teachers with the flexibility and tools to deliver differentiated instruction for all levels of learners in a way that whole-group, one-lesson-for-all-students cannot. From struggling students to advanced students, and all the students in between, blended learning personalizes the learning experience to target the specific needs of all learners.
The Blended Lesson Design Process builds on the foundation of PLCs and their guiding questions in BISD.
Rubric to track progress towards personalized learning using the 3 Year 1 pillars of blended learning in BISD.
Year 1 Teachers blog and share about their journey through reflective personal blogs. Read and comment on their posts.
Questions about Birdville Blended Learning?
- visit the district Blended Learning web-page
- contact your student's teacher or campus administrator
- email the Birdville Blended Project Manager, Cheryl McKnight