It is now November and almost Thanksgiving break. The semester is coming to a close rapidly. I created my innovation and implementation plan for blended learning in the middle of the summer. So now is the time to see how far I’ve come and what I’ve learned so far.
At this point in my plan, I should be setting up classroom learning stations and beginning my initial phases of blended learning rotations. So far, I have completed one stand-alone station rotation activity. I have created some videos using EdPuzzle for content delivery as well as helped my students used to the LMS system where my content is housed. I have also decreased the amount of lecture and teacher driven instruction in my classroom.
Right now, I seem to be just piecing things together as I have time. I have also struggled with losing a teacher on my team in the middle of the 1st 9 weeks. The team planning that I had hoped to be in place at the beginning of the semester has not come together. I remain the main contributor to lessons, test writing, etc. I have shared my vision with my team and my administrators but I am still pretty much alone in my implementation. I know from my research that getting other teachers involved is extremely important (Lalima & Dangwal, 2017).
The first thing I need to change is my timeline. I am definitely behind in where I thought I would be at this point. I will need to share my findings from my updated literature review with my team.
One of the things I need to add to my plan is a course map of the layout of my entire course. I also realize that I will need to include introduction lessons to the technology that I want my students to use. This is an important piece that can get the plan bogged down if I am not careful. I also need to include more time for teacher training on the LMS and other systems that we will use in blended learning. Once I get other teachers involved I would like to set up a feedback loop to help ensure fidelity in following through with the blended learning model (Riel, Lawless, & Brown, 2016). I also need to get my team in on the planning and development which I hope to do by the start of the next semester.
After reflecting on my journey thus far, I can say that even though I have not fully implemented a blended station model I have set some things in motion for my students. I’ve laid some groundwork to get them used to the idea of self-directed learning. I have also learned about some potential pitfalls to avoid with blended learning implementation. Even though I am not exactly where I would like to be at this point I am still encouraged that this is a worthwhile endeavor for my students.
Lalima, & Dangwal, K. L. (2017). Blended Learning: An Innovative Approach. Universal Journal Of Educational Research, 5(1)
Riel, J., Lawless, K., & Brown, S. (2016). Listening to the teachers: Using weekly online teacher logs for ROPD to identify teachers’ persistent challenges when implementing a blended learning curriculum. Journal of Online Learning Research 2(2), 169-200. Retrieved from: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1148615.pdf