Tips for Successful Blended Learning (Phase 2: Implementation)
Blended learning starts with a strategic plan. Once the plan is in place, the next step is implementation. Here are some tips to ensure your plan is successful when you’re ready to implement blended learning inside your classrooms.
Host an open house.
In the planning phase, we encouraged you to give parents, teachers and administrators a voice. Hosting an open house gives you an opportunity to illustrate to parents and faculty that their voices were heard. Share the plan with them and how they can get even more involved.
Incorporate personalized learning.
Give students opportunities to follow a personalized learning path. A simple way to do this is through assessments that identify what students know and don’t know. How students perform on the assessment will help determine their individual learning paths. Personalized learning allows teachers to spend time in a one-on-one setting playing the role of a coach or mentor.
Engage the students as much as possible.
In a blended learning model, the goal is to keep students engaged. Be creative with the ways you require students to engage with one another. Use discussion boards and group chats to diversify classroom discussions and presentations.
In a blended learning model, the goal is for students to have a more personalized experience. Instead of punishing them for every mistake, encourage them to use their mistakes as learning opportunities.
Offer assessments in a non-threatening environment.
Students have a tendency to become anxious during exams and assessments. Use your blended learning program to help students become more confident in high-stakes environments. Offer various opportunities for assessment during the school year in a way that is not threatening to students so when the big exams come around they are more prepared.
Integrating Multiple Technologies for Customized Instruction and Assessment
While the specific needs of a district, school or classroom will vary, each can utilize different technologies that exist today to aid in the instruction and delivery of a successful blended learning model. This ebook explains the various types of blended learning models being used in real classrooms throughout the country.