Goals for Instructional Shifts in SS & Science

Shifting towards Blended in Social Studies & Science

Blended Learning Definition:
The definition of blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns: at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace; at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home; and the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience. (Christensen, 2015)

Creating Teacher Buy-in:
Teachers have been exposed to multiple professional developments that were set up as blended (rotation) instruction. They were then asked to reflect on the power of the differentiated small group, the peer-to-peer, and the supportive digital content.

Goals:

  • Increase student achievement in science and social studies as measured by performance on classroom assessments and SCPASS testing
  • Establishing pedagogical foundations for strategies
    • Shift teacher role into one of facilitator of active student learning
    • Formative assessment aligned to learning targets
    • Differentiation based off of formative data
      • Scaffolding of assignments
    • Classroom management
      • work on creating self-directed learners
    • Supporting teachers with strategies to differentiate
      Digital content

      • OpenEd.com
      • DiscoveryEducation.com
      • History.com
    • Begin looking into Project-based learning
      • Especially in the Collaborative group
    • Personalized Learning for all students
      • Meeting students where they are
      • Monitoring and adjusting instruction based on Formative Assessments
    • Increased student ownership of the learning process
    • Increased student engagement
    • Working towards allowing students to pick their own learning pathway

Plan (30 days):
By the end of February:

  • identify key teachers who would be good partners
  • Speak with administrative team for approval of teachers
  • Get teachers on board
  • Sit down for preliminary coaching session
  • Set Student-Centered Coaching Shared Agreement
    • the Shared Agreement is a written document that determines are goals for student learning and what both coach and teacher will be responsible for and bring to the table, this also includes how often we will meet
    • Decide Next Steps
    • Set calendar dates for Coaching Sessions and Classroom visits up to Spring Break
  • Take the above information to the Director of Online Environments
  • Get OpenEd.com licenses for teachers chosen for this pilot

Moving Forward (Spring 2016):

  • Continue to work in a Student-Centered Coaching Cycle with the determined teachers to help shift instructional practices
  • Meet with my administrative team and Director of Online Environments to look at the data periodically and tweak the plan based on data
  • Have teachers reflect on their growth, challenges and successes to help create buy-in for Fall 2016
  • Send out student survey to determine how students like the instructional shift

Bigger Picture (Fall 2016-Spring 2018):

  • Begin to identify and bring on more teachers to make the shift to a blended learning environment
  • Continue to work in Student-Centered Coaching Cycles with new and veteran teachers to help shift instructional practices and/or deepen student learning in a blended learning environment
  • Continue to meet with my administration and Director of Online Environments to help shift my school to 100% blended
  • Begin working with a select group of teachers (those who obviously understand and maintain a blended classroom) to work on shifting from a differentiated classroom to a personalized learning classroom through the use of Project-Based Learning.
  • Work together with these teacher to deepen our understanding of Project-Based Learning and how to implement in a classroom
  • Continue to research and try new digital content providers that support my classroom teachers

References:

Clayton Christensen Institute. (2015). Blended Learning Definitions. Retrieved from ______http://www.christenseninstitute.org/blended-learning-definitions-and-models/

Getting Smart. (2015, February). Learning Pathways. Retrieved from _____http://cdno2.gettingsmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Pathway5.NF_.12.jpg

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