Summary by Steve O'Shaughnessy
Chapter 3 focuses on the success or failure of the blended initiative, elements of usefulness for instruction leaderships, elements of effectiveness in blended learning. The author highlights five elements necessary for effective blended learning.
Just like my students, there is a wide range of ability and readiness related to blended learning readiness. There are certainly champions who will emerge but I feel as if communal “buy-in” trumps everything. It doesn’t matter how great the leaders are without buy in you will only achieve partial success. Which do you feel is more important total buy in or champion teachers?
There are several structures of support building classroom capacity and building classroom capacity for blended learning. Responsive classroom training is certainly an asset in establishing humility and trust. Professional development on blended learning, project based learning, classroom management, and diverse use of technology are all beneficial to encouraging capacity. Mentoring and teacher peer mentoring and modeling are also practices given to increase capacity. Are there other practices within your building that increases capacity?
My school has smart boards, smart tvs, ipads, microsoft surface pros, a computer lab, document cameras, IXL, Accelerated Reader and Google suites. Effectiveness of how this tech is used can be communicated or observed through surveys, walk throughs, observations, slack direct communication, and professional development. Does having more or less tech limit a classroom’s ability to embrace blended learning?
This year I have scheduled more time to spend analyzing data acknowledging its importance. Some teachers at my school analyze scantron or standardized data and acknowledge semester learning goals. Some teachers use individual student learning objectives, IXL math reports, and Accelerated Reader literacy level scores. It is certainly something that needs to be stressed in all schools. How do you stress data analysis in your schools?
There are differing degrees of student ownership of learning in my building from classroom to classroom. Some teachers naturally foster it, others very hard at fostering it with varying degrees of success and in some classroom’s unfortunately there has been a culture of where students seem to shrug accountability all together. Student ownership is most visible I believe while doing walkthroughs and observations and physically seeing student leadership in the classroom and playing an active role in their learning? How do you see student ownership in your schools?