The Coaching Blocks for Blended Learning is a guide on how to continue to coach classroom teachers through the deployment of learning studios. In order to generate sustainability within the classroom environment, the Coaching Blocks will showcase five strategies to try during the coaching process. Please note that the coaching blocks are designed to follow up after a year of supporting the blended learning process. More resources and ideas for coaching blended learning can be found in the Field Guide and dynaguide.org.
Toward the end of the first year of deploying blended learning studios, take a move to reflect on the pacing guide to determine if there were any other days where studios could have fit into the lessons. Reflective planning works best with a content-specific focus, meaning spending time with the 8th-grade math team and reviewing their lesson planning calendar. As a team, look for days where learning studios could fit within the weekly and monthly plans.
Deploying learning studios consistently helps to increase the understanding of why learning studios are essential and the studio's expectations. The video below will showcase how to look back at the pacing guide and explore ways to include learning studios every week.
Data-driven learning environments are essential for the small group instruction studio. As part of the coaching blocks, it is necessary to showcase why data-driven small group instruction can help close the learning process gaps, build academic relationships, and conduct quality formative assessments. In this section on the building blocks, we showcase how to use the formative assessment data to differentiate small group instruction at three levels. The video can be found on dynaguide.org under data-driven learning environments.
Implement relevant learning activities to increase student engagement and ownership in any classroom. In the video below, I will showcase six strategies to ensure that learning studio activities are relevant. The six strategies include
The Power of One More
The Power of One More showcases how to use the Field Guide for the 12 Elements of Student Engagement and Ownership Infused in Blended Learning Studios as a resource to support the teachers by trying one more strategy. The video below will showcase how to suggest new blended learning strategies in the classroom gradually. We will explore the progress indicator, advanced tips, and tricks, where to find supportive videos, and the use of visual cues to guide the teachers through each of the elements.
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