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Balance With Blended Learning

Partner With Your Students to Reimagine Learning and Reclaim Your Life

By: Catlin Rice Tucker

Balance With Blended Learning provides teachers with practical strategies to actively engage students in setting goals, monitoring development, reflecting on growth, using feedback, assessing work quality, and communicating their progress with parents.
Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544389523
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: February 06, 2020

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Rethink the roles, responsibilities, and workflow in your blended learning classroom and enjoy balance in your life.

Blended learning offers educators the opportunity to reimagine teaching and learning. It allows teachers to partner with their students to assess, track, and reflect on learning. This partnership gives teachers more time and energy to innovate and personalize learning while providing students the opportunity to be active agents driving their own growth.

If one thing is certain after the 2019-2020 school year, blended learning is here to stay. Learning must be a shared endeavor between the teacher and the learner. This book provides teachers with strategies to rethink traditional workflows to make teaching practices sustainable.

Written by blended learning expert, Catlin Tucker, this resource provides teachers with concrete strategies and resources they can use to partner with their students to actively engage them in setting goals, monitoring their development, reflecting on their growth, using feedback to improve work, assessing the quality of their work, and communicating their progress with parents.

Balance With Blended Learning includes
  • Practical strategies for teachers overwhelmed by their workloads
  • Routines and protocols designed to move feedback and assessment into the classroom to eliminate much of the work teachers take home
  • Ready-to-use templates and resources designed to help students take an active role in tracking, monitoring, and reflecting on their progress
  • Vignettes written by teachers across disciplines
  • Stories from the author's extensive experience both as a teacher and blended -learning coach

    Redefining roles in a blended learning classroom encourages students to take ownership over their learning journeys and helps teachers feel more effective, efficient, and energized.
  • Author(s)


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    Catlin Rice Tucker

    Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Innovator, bestselling author, international trainer, and frequent Edtech speaker, who teaches in Sonoma County where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. Catlin’s books Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 and Blended Learning in Action are both bestsellers. She has also written a book titled Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology to support teachers in thinking outside of the box as they shift to the Common Core. Catlin is working on her doctorate at Pepperdine University. She writes the “Techy Teacher” column for ASCD’s Educational Leadership. She is active on Twitter @Catlin_Tucker and writes an internationally ranked education blog at

    Table of Contents

    Table of Contents



    About the Author

    Chapter 1: The Problem With Traditional Grading Practices

         Problems With Traditional Grades

         My WHY

         Grades Are Hotly Debated in Education

         If We Cannot Throw Out Grades Completely, What Can We Do?

         Blended Learning to the Rescue

    Chapter 2: Embracing a Partnership Model With Blended Learning

         From Hierarchy to Partnership

         Partnership Principles for Teachers and Students

         How Can Blended Learning Support a Teacher–Learner Partnership?

    Chapter 3: Who Is Doing the Work in Your Classroom?

         Lack of Time and Exhaustion Are Barriers to Innovation

         Who Is Doing the Work?

         Reframe the Way You Think About Your Work

         Flip the Workflow in Your Classroom

    Chapter 4: Encouraging Metacognition in Your Classroom

         The Power of Metacognition

         Five Strategies Designed to Develop Metacognition in the Classroom

         Building a Metacognitive Practice Into the Classroom With Blended Learning

    Chapter 5: Flip Learning With Videos

         The Benefits of Using Videos With Students

         Video Is Versatile

         Addressing Concerns About Using Video in School

         Creating Your Own Video Content

         Curating Video Content Online

    Chapter 6: Goal Setting

         Motivating Unmotivated Students

         Goal-Setting Strategies

    Chapter 7: Real-Time Feedback Using the Station Rotation Model

         Troubleshooting Challenges With Traditional Approaches to Feedback

         Spotlight Blended Learning Model: Station Rotation Model

         Tucker Time Feedback Station

         Real-Time Feedback Tips

         Tech Can Make Giving Feedback Easier

         Deciding on the Feedback Format That Fits

    Chapter 8: Rubrics for Learning

         Rubrics as Roadmaps

         Rubric Design: Avoiding Common Mistakes

         Using Rubrics to Further Student Learning

         You Don’t Need to Assess Every Aspect of Every Assignment

         Single Skill Rubric: Less Is More

    Chapter 9: Side-by-Side Assessments

         Ask Yourself, Why Am I Grading This?

         Select a Blended Learning Model and Design Your Lesson

         Select Specific Grading Criteria for Your Side-by-Side Assessments

         Prior to Side-by-Side Assessments, Ask Students to Complete a Self-Assessment

         Preparing for Side-by-Side Assessments

         Conducting Side-by-Side Assessments

    Chapter 10: Students Communicate Directly With Parents About Their Progress

         It’s Unrealistic for Teachers to Communicate With All Parents Regularly

         Email Updates

         Publishing Student Work

         Student-Led Conferences

         Preparing for Student-Led Conferences

         Virtual Student-Led Conferences

    Chapter 11: Grade Interviews

         Students Become Active Agents in the Grading Process

         Apply for a Grade Interview

         Preparing for Grade Interviews

         Conducting Grade Interviews

         The Possibilities of a Partnership Model

         The Goal: Achieving Balance