Welcome to another school year and another edition of the Weekly Blend with myself, Marcia Kish. I am excited that you have found this blog and hopefully subscribed to our YouTube Channel. My goal is to share, guide, and be the idea person for Blended Learning that you are looking for to help support your classroom, school, and district.
With the Hybrid teaching behind most of our schools, I am looking forward to implementing Blended Learning into the onsite and virtual classrooms again this year. As I move forward with Coaching the Three Phases of Blended Learning, I remind teachers that even though the COVID shutdowns effective our classrooms, that Hybrid Teaching was challenging, and that moving back into a social distance classroom is complex, that all educators are true heroes. Without our educators being brave and willing to try something new, the children would have suffered. So first and foremost, thank you. Thank you for being Brave. Thank you for sticking your neck out there and trying. Thank you for failing and trying the next day again. Thank you for being the amazing human beings that are guiding support for our children. Thank you.
Getting Started with Blended Learning
Wow, what a summer of professional development learning opportunities for schools across the country. With both virtual and onsite options, I was on the road meeting people for the first time, introducing myself to educators that I worked with for 365 days, and connecting again with educators from pre-COVID days. It feels great to be back.
In this weekly edition, I will be sharing out ideas for
Getting Started with Small Groups
The idea of adding in one thing to another hectic year is unreasonable. However, small group instruction could actually eliminate some of the stress from the "COVID Slide" or Learning Gaps. In this section of the Weekly Blend, I am going to talk about how to start small with breaking apart the lesson and meeting with groups of students while other students are working on independent practice or digital content. I call these different activities learning studios.
What I am about to showcase is a GUIDE and a RESOURCE. I am showcasing examples of how to deploy small group instruction through the Three Phases of Blended Learning Model. Please use the is Deployment Plan as it aligns to your curriculum and pacing guide. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to me for help.
The Deployment Plan for the rest of the year will be posted through out upcoming Blogs and in the Three Phases of Blended Learning Guide Book. (Coming Soon)
Phase One in Action
My first onsite coaching session of the 2021/2022 School year was at Splendora ISD in Texas. I had the pleasure of visiting with High School, Middle School, Intermediate, and Elementary classroom teachers. For only three weeks into the school year, these teaches were rocking checklists, learning studios, and so much more. I am so proud of the hard work that they all accomplished in such a short amount of time.
My journey with Splendora ISD started in July with a three-day workshop with a cohort of educators. Together we went through getting started with Blended Learning, Phase One, Phase Two, and using data to drive the small group instruction examples. We even had time to plan together a lesson to be used at the end of August.
Below are examples and photos of all of the educators' hard work.
ELAR Classroom In a Phase One
All of the Splendora ISD Blended Learning Cohort Team did an amazing job. Each team member earned their Phase One Blended Learning Sticker. --- Congratulations.
Below I am showcasing one classroom that had all four studios up and running. This is a quick view of Ms. Martin's 7th Grade ELAR classroom. Some of her key elements of her Studio Day include: