This is Not the End! Reflection by Julie Kelly
Part 4 reemphasizes that in learning, relationships are the foundation. The best use of technology brings students and teachers closer together. Indicators of progress is evident in the feel of the community- the excitement teachers generate as they embrace learning and sharing their learning with each other and the students learning from each other. Chapter 13 provides the roadmap to personalization as one proceeds through Phase 2 and Phase 3. The greatest gift we can give our students is the gift of helping them learn how to learn.
The blended learning journey requires not only an investment of fiscal resources it also requires an investment of time and having communicated a shared vision with stakeholders. Transitions occur in Phase 2. Shifts are observed in classrooms as teachers experiment with the models and strategies of Blended Learning. In this part of the journey, Roadmap Metrics to pay attention to include timing and pacing, budget, student feedback, teacher feedback, and learning outcomes.
Phase 3, Expansion, involves a mindset of connecting students with the world and personalized learning, continuing to assess, iterate, and build sustainable practice for the long-term. Building sustainability hinges on the vision that was set and planned in Phase 1 while understanding that best practices will continue to emerge and evolve.
Teachers have been given a great responsibility in preparing the next generation. Considering how our economy has changed, it is imperative that students are given time and space to learn and develop their creativity. Guiding students to find information that is credible, make sense of the information, and then use and apply the information in creative ways becomes the priority. The vision is a school that provides unique learning pathways for individual students that gives them creative opportunities and choices to purposefully collaborate with peers and experts both locally and globally.
As the book closes, it is not the end. The next step depends upon the path the reader decides to embark upon. The questions for discussion are:
What’s next in your Blended Learning journey?
Reflect upon where you were when you started the book study.
What changes have occurred in your philosophy and practice since starting the book study?
What excites you most about the future?