“Learning is always rebellion…Every bit of new truth discovered in revolutionary to what was believed before.” Margaret Lee Runbeck
Last week I discussed picking the right model for your blended learning classroom so it is only natural that I now offer some tips and tricks for running a blended learning classroom. 🙂
- Focus on the lesson or content skill and let the technology be the tool or guide.
- Start small and in one subject area.
- Rearrange your classroom so that when you are working with your small group, the students screens are facing you. (You want to be looking at the back of the students heads) This way you can see if they are on task by looking at their screens.
- Plan the layout and procedures of your blended learning classroom before you begin.
- Put students in charge of putting them out and away, letting them take ownership will help them value the use of the devices as well.
- When the devices are out and you need the student’s attention, say 45 and have the students put their screens to a 45 degree angle like the above picture (not closed so it will have to start over or lose what they have done) or flip it over for devices such as phones.
- Know what learning management system (ex. Google Classroom, Edmodo etc) and other web tools you plan on using.
- Be flexible and understand that students might need to be scaffold info this type of environment.
- Blended Learning = 1:1 environment. Not true: a great blended learning model can use only 10-15 computers. (Ex. Station Rotation Model)
- Blended Learning = No Teacher. Not true: It is critical for a teacher in any learning environment and blended learning allows teachers to have more one on one time with students to help them grow as learners.
- Blended Learning = Babysitter. Not True: Students should never be just sitting at a screen but using higher order thinking skills or working with an adaptive learning program like Dreambox or Compass Learning.
- Blended Learning = Everyday. Not True: You do not need to do blended learning every day, many happen to do it everyday because they like the time it gains them to be with small groups of students focusing on individual needs. I have seen lots of teachers only do a blended approach a few days of the week, while the other days they are doing more Project/Inquiry based learning.
I would love to learn more tips and tricks of a blended learning classroom. Please share in the comment section.