Blended Learning in Grades 4–12
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Blended Learning in Grades 4–12
Leveraging the Power of Technology to Create Student-Centered Classrooms

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© 2012 | 272 pages | Corwin

Use technology to focus on your students!

You've heard about blended learning, which mixes online learning with traditional classroom instruction. You have the support of your principal, the backing of your district, and you are ready to take the leap. Now what?

In this step-by-step guide, teacher and education blogger Catlin Tucker outlines the process for integrating online discussion with face-to-face instruction in a way that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, works for your students, and allows you to focus your energy where it is most needed. Catin Tucker will teach you how to:

  • Use the online environment to increase engagement and drive higher-order thinking
  • Prepare students for high-stakes exams without sacrificing class time
  • Assess online work
  • Personalize learning and differentiate lessons
  • Move toward flipped instruction, which shifts the focus of class time from teacher to student

With concrete strategies, ready-to-use resources, and sample rubrics grounded in the Common Core State Standards, Blended Learning in Grades 4–12 is the ideal tool for the busy 21st-century teacher looking to create a student-centered classroom.

 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Author
 
Preface
 
1. The 21st Century Classroom
Crossing the Digital Divide  
Developing 21st Century Skills Critical to Future Success  
What Does the 21st Century Classroom Look Like?  
Student-Centered Learning  
 
2. Blended Learning
What is Blended Learning?  
6 Common Blended Learning Models Currently in Use  
Emerging Blended Learning Model: Teacher Driven Blend  
Discussions are Critical to a Successful Blended Learning Model  
Community of Inquiry Framework  
 
3. The Role of the Teacher in a Blended Learning Model
Choosing a Learning Platform or Learning Management System  
Blackboard  
Moodle  
Edmodo  
Schoology  
Collaborize Classroom  
Defining Your Role as Facilitator  
Silent Facilitator vs. Involved Facilitator  
Effectively Differentiate Instruction with Online Discussions  
Weaving Online Work Back into the Classroom  
 
4. Art of Asking Questions Online
Encourage Conversations With Well-Chosen Questions  
Question Types That Foster Conversation  
Consider These Sample Questions  
English Question Grid  
History Question Grid  
Science Question Grid  
Math Question Grid  
Question Types that Kill Conversations  
Tips for Designing Strong Questions  
What Does a Good Online Question Look Like?  
 
5. Develop a Dynamic Learning Community Online
Creating and Maintaining a Safe Space Online  
The Dos and Don’ts of Student Communication Online  
Strong Sentence Starters  
Creating Class Code of Conduct  
Visually Display Your Expectations for Participation on Your Site  
Building an Online Community  
Break the Ice Online  
5 Student Icebreakers Adapted for an Online Community  
5 Parent-Student Icebreakers Adapted for an Online Community  
Start Simply to Cement Routines and Correct First Missteps  
Teach Students to Say Something Substantial  
 
Preface for Chapters 6-9
Chapters 6-9 Are Based on the Following Assumptions  
Teaching the Common Core State Standards Using Blended Learning  
 
6. English Language Arts
Upper Elementary— Middle School— High School  
Example Online Discussions and Activities  
Explanation of Common Core State Standards Addressed  
Weave Online Work into the Classroom with Student Centered Activities  
 
7. History/Social Studies
Upper Elementary— Middle School— High School  
Example Online Discussions and Activities  
Explanation of Common Core State Standards Addressed  
Weave Online Work into the Classroom with Student Centered Activities  
 
8. Science
Upper Elementary— Middle School— High School  
Example Online Discussions and Activities  
Explanation of Common Core State Standards Addressed  
Weave Online Work into the Classroom with Student Centered Activities  
 
9. Math
Example Online Discussions and Activities  
Explanation of Common Core State Standards Addressed  
Weave Online Work into the Classroom with Student Centered Activities  
 
10. Flip Your Instruction with Online Discussions
What is the Flipped Classroom?  
“Homework” in the Flipped Classroom Model  
What Happens in the Flipped Classroom?  
What If a Student Doesn’t Do Their Homework?  
Tips for Successfully Flipping Your Classroom  
Ideas for Flipping Your Class  
English  
History/Social Studies  
Science  
Math  
 
11. Accessing Work Online
Managing Online Participation  
Rubrics  
Online Discussion Rubric  
Writing Rubrics for Upper Elementary, Middle School, and High School  
Preparing Students for High Stakes Exams  
Released Test Questions Online  
Tucker’s Test Taking Tips for English Language Arts  
Tucker’s Test Taking Tips for Math  
 
Index

Supplements

“A must have for any teacher who wants to connect with students who are either reluctant to participate in class or who have everything to say. The book's tools provide a welcome segue into their terrain and show you how to master it. Included are many ideas and suggestions for bringing the Internet into your classroom and harnessing its power for the benefit of your students.”

Melody Aldrich, English Teacher and Department Chair
Poston Butte High School, San Tan Valley, AZ

“This book comes at the right time with answers for teachers, principals, and schools who want to be on the cutting edge of the effective use of technology, the internet, and teacher pedagogy.”

Jim Anderson, Principal
Andersen Jr. High School, Chandler, AZ

“This book provides a wealth of information related to teaching in a blended classroom. Designed for 21st century educators, this text is a powerful and valuable resource for those that want to challenge, engage, and facilitate learning for all students.”

Judy Brunner, Clinical Faculty, Author, Consultant
Missouri State University & Instructional Solutions Group, MO

“This book will appeal to a wide range of educators and provide them with the foundation for creating a perfect blend for their classrooms.”

David Callaway, 7th-Grade Social Studies Teacher
Rocky Heights Middle School, Highlands Ranch, CO

“This book will help teachers move their students online while maintaining effective teaching practices!”

Cathy Bonneville Hix, K-12 Social Studies Specialist
Arlington County Public Schools, VA
Key features
  • explores the why, explaining the reasoning behind integrating an online element and drawing on current research and the author's teaching experience
  • illustrates how by including numerous, concrete application strategies, specific instructions and tips
  • provides the here you go resources and tools educators need to be successful with students today.
  • An accompanying website (Corwin-hosted) will offer samples, tools, resources, and a link to the author's blog.
  • Emphasizing 21st century skills, the book will show teachers how to leverage the online space to personalize instruction, differentiate lessons, and provide opportunities for students to problem solve together.

Sample Materials & Chapters

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