Your blueprint for empowering students through personalized learning In today’s technologically-integrated world, blended learning is a natural fit for the elementary classroom, where many teachers already think flexibly about the learning environment, resources, and time in order to meet diverse student needs. As blended elementary classrooms become more common, teachers and administrators must develop a shared understanding of the characteristics of effective instruction in blended environments. This guide is designed to help K-5 teachers develop and carry out a plan for effective instruction in blended environments. Presented in a step-by-step workbook format, this resource identifies the competencies blended teachers need and strategies for development, culminating in a personalized implementation plan for successful blended instruction. Readers will • Take an in-depth look at the iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework, to foster a deeper understanding of the teacher proficiencies needed for effective blended learning environments. • Identify your own strengths and needs related to the blended teacher competencies. • Develop a personalized blueprint for designing and facilitating blended learning in your classrooms. • Tailor your needs and goals when it comes to maximizing instructional time, personalizing learning, empowering students, pursuing professional learning, and more. • Explore specific strategies and examples of blended learning in elementary classrooms, and reflect on your own plans for blended instruction. Making the shift to blended learning requires intentional planning and support. This workbook will guide you through the process of developing an actionable plan for blended learning in your classroom.
Chapter 7: Professional Learning
In this chapter, we will explore the following strategies for engaging in professional learning:
- Collaborating with colleagues
- Connecting with stakeholders
- Owning your professional learning
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to complete the Professional Learning section of your blended learning blueprint and answer the following questions:
- How can you leverage technology to connect with stakeholders?
- How can technology increase or improve your collaboration with colleagues?
- What technologies can you leverage for personalized professional learning?
- What are your professional learning needs related to blended and personalized learning?
- Who can support you with implementing your blended learning blueprint?
- How can you support other educators with blended learning?
[Page 100]Many elements of the blended learning transition can seem overwhelming, including the changing role of the teacher, the empowered role of students, ...