The blended classroom is an instructional strategy that allows for gradual release of instruction while student progress through related skill building tasks at their own pace. Preparation is key in a blended classroom; students are grouped according to skills needed and teachers use student goals to created engaging and targeted lessons at each of the designated stations. There are many configurations to a blended classroom. The key is to start small (2 hubs/stations), establish a routine and norms with your students, and maintain consistency.
The teacher-lead station is where direct instruction occurs. Small groups of students work directly with the instructor. During this time instructors introduce new material, check for understanding, conduct remediation, review student data, set goals etc. Teachers use data that is gathered from the other stations to inform their instruction.
In the Blended Learning model, the collaboration station/hub is designed for students to work together to analyze, discuss, and/or create content. Students use a constructivist approach to learning which allows them to identify problems, communicate their understanding, and take ownership in the learning process.
One area in class is typically a “digital content” bar/station. In this station, students use technology to complete assignments involving digital media, conduct research, and design and/or create content.
Teachers can present content in a variety of digital ways. Mastery Connect Socrative assignment codes, Google websites (like this one), Google classroom, or QR codes are just a few examples.
The task(s), the execution of the task(s), and submission of the task(s) all use technology aimed at post secondary skills, i.e. moving the student beyond using Word to simply type a response.
In a blended model, one area of the class is set up for student independent practice. This area is designed to allow students to apply the skills they have been taught independent of the instructor in order to gauge skill acquisition.
Tasks may include the completion of previously assigned tasks, remediation, and the creation of subject related content.
Students in the independent practice station should NOT be working on new skills for the first time. The goal of this station is to allow students to demonstrate their understanding at their frustration level, requiring little to no intervention from the instructor.
Blended Classroom Training
Attached you will find the training documents for creating a effective blended classroom. This serves as a means to organize and plan out blended instruction with an EOL, exhibition of learning as the goal of the unit of instruction.