Spring 2019

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Blended Learning: Letting Students Determine Place, Pace, and Path…Taylor Gordon

How can blended learning opportunities enhance student engagement in our classrooms?

Blended learning focuses on students being given opportunities to learn through technology, independent practice, and future-ready skills. Students are given more control over their learning, to determine an educational path and pace that promotes foundational understanding and skill mastery. Blended learning is supported by structured planning that promotes independence and creates opportunities for personalized project-based learning.
I chose this topic because my PSIII teacher mentor uses blended learning in her classroom. Essentially, she uses blended learning strategies to develop checklists for student learning. I was introduced to the idea of cross-curricular lessons in my previous practicums, however, I had never seen it in action in relation to blended learning.
Blended learning allows my students to be comfortable and confident in their unique educational journeys.

Taylor is a fifth-year general social studies education major with a passion for rural education. She believes that allowing students to be active in their own education encourages them to further engage with the curriculum and create their own real-world applications.