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12 Days of Blended Learning: Day 2

Jessica Anderson

This is the second video in a series of 12. 

Day 2: Flexible Environment

When creating a blended environment, the goal is for students to have freedom of choice in their physical environment, as well as their learning. Creating a flexible environment is one way to help your students feel like they have some choice.

When I first moved my classroom to blended learning, I had tables. The tables allowed for flexibility in seating; however, I found that in order to make my classroom truly blended it had to look and feel like the students weren't at school. I replaced three of my tables with bean bags, couches, and bungee chairs. This allowed for students to not only choose their seats, but their location. It's been great! 

12 Days of Blended Learning

Jessica Anderson

Today, we'll start our 12 Days of Blended Learning series to give you a snapshot of some of the most important components of a blended classroom.

Day 1: Mobile Devices

It's difficult to embed a classroom of students in the blended learning methodology if you don't have a class set of devices. Yes, you can do it with a few stationary or mobile devices, but it's not as effective as if you had 1:1 devices in your classroom. 

Our tip: If you are planning to blend, get your hands on a class set of devices!

 

 

Strategizing: It's Not Just For Chess Players

Jessica Anderson

At the beginning of every class, students enter the classroom, open up their HP Streams, and complete their goal sheets on Classcraft. During this time, a 4-minute clip of B-Film's Didge plays in the background. The ending of this music indicates that it's time to clamshell devices, which you can hear uttered from my mouth daily. Students immediately half-close their devices and bring their attention to the front of the room. It's during this structured portion of the period that we complete our class event (a random event; adding an element of chance to the game), review students' goal sheets and the class timeline, and discuss strategies to use in the blended classroom.

Our strategy discussion, in my opinion, is one of the most important parts of this portion of the day. In the self-paced blended classroom, strategy discussions center around progression, overcoming challenges, and collaboration. For example, the other day we talked about using experts in our class to help when met with a challenging activity. We focused on how to go about finding the experts in the class, like individuals who had already mastered the activity and content, and how to ask for help. Discussions like these, although a simple reminder of discussions at the beginning of the year, remind students how to be successful blended students. 

What conversations surrounding strategies do you have with your students?