As the school year starts to wind down, the classroom teachers, coaches, and administrators begin to plan for the upcoming school year. The new classroom assignments are made, the school supply list is being generated, and the instructional plans for the new year start to become the main topic in the teacher's lounge.
During this time of the year, I always get asked the following question. "Do I start all over with Phase One at the start of the school year?" and my answers is "Yes."
At the start of the year new school year, the teachers should return to Phase One. Phase One sets the stage for Phase Two, Phase Three, and Phase Four of the blended learning process. Most teachers start the school year out with new students. (Some teachers might loop with their students but it still good to start back in Phase One.) The students will need to know where to find the resources, how to log into the different applications, how to turn in class work, what the expectations are for each learning studio. Therefore, by moving back to Phase One, the teacher can make sure the students understand the blended learning procedures before moving to Phase Two.
Another question that I tend to hear this time of year is "I would like to start to blend next year, what should I do?" My answer starts typically with a question, "What does your current classroom or school look like? Then based on their response, I will follow up with a blended learning action plan. The action plan has typically three main goals to complete by the end of the school year.
What is a Blended Learning Action Plan
The Blended Learning Action plan was created by Marcia Kish as a way to help the administrators, coaches, support staff, and classroom teachers stay focused on the goal of moving from a traditional classroom environment to a Phase Three blended learning environment. An action plan can start at any point within the given school year. There are typically three main goals that are set up by the blended learning coach. The goals are determined by the blended learning continuum. The Blended Learning Continuum looks for ten critical components in the classroom visits. (If a site visit is not an option, we can set up virtual meetings to determine the baseline for the Blended Learning Action Plan) By walking the classrooms and the building, the blended learning coach can set up the baseline for the Action Plan. From there, the action plans prescribe three main goals. Again, the goals come from the weaker areas on the Blended Learning Continuum.
Start by first signing for a FREE 30 Minute virtual call. The virtual call will demonstrate how the Blended Learning Continuum works to design the Action Plan, next steps, and a starting point for deploying blended learning within a classroom, school, or school district. Click here to pick a time that best works for you and your team. The participants of the virtual call will receive a copy of the New Phase One and Phase Two planning guide.
Learn More About Blended Learning
Marcia Kish - Blended and Personalized Learning coach that designed the Three Phases of Blended Learning