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Balance With Blended Learning
Partner With Your Students to Reimagine Learning and Reclaim Your Life



January 2020 | 248 pages | Corwin
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.

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.

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    Preface
     
    Chapter 1: The Problem with Traditional Grading Practices
    #1 Traditional Grades Do Not Necessarily Reflect Mastery of Grade-Level Skills

     
    #2 Traditional Grades Are Used Like Carrots to Get Students to Complete Work

     
    #3 Traditional Grades Place the Focus on the Product Not the Process

     
    #4 Traditional Grades Do Not Clearly Link the Grades Entered Into the Grade Book with Specific Skills

     
    #5 Traditional Grading Practices Do Not Provide an Incentive to Revisit and Improve Prior Work

     
    #6 Traditional Grades Do Not Require Students to Think About Their Learning

     
    #7 Traditional Grades Happen to Students

     
    My WHY

     
    Grades are Hotly Debated in Education

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

     
    Blended Learning to the Rescue

     
    Book Study Questions

     
     
    Chapter 2: Embracing a Partnership Model with Blended Learning From Hierarchy to Partnership
    Partnership Principles for Teachers and Students

     
    Built on Mutual Respect and Trust

     
    Shared Purpose and Goal Setting

     
    Grounded in Reciprocity

     
    Prioritizes Honest and Open Communication

     
    Relies on Regular Feedback to Improve the Partnership

     
    Balances Power to Ensure Each Partner has an Equal Voice and Choice

     
    Committed to Learning Together

     
    How Can Blended Learning Support a Teacher-Learner Partnership?

     
    Book Study Questions

     
     
    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

     
    Traditional Teacher-led Workflow for a Written Assignment

     
    Student-led Workflow for a Written Assignment

     
    Traditional Teacher-led Workflow for Math Homework

     
    Student-led Workflow for Math Homework

     
    Book Study Questions

     
     
    Chapter 4: Encouraging Metacognition in Your Classroom
    The Power of Metacognition

     
    5 Strategies Designed to Develop Metacognition in the Classroom

     
     
    #1 Plan Your Attack
    #2 Learning Log: Guided Reflection

     
    #3 End of the Week Exit Ticket

     
    #4 Think-aloud Video Reflection

     
    #5 Track Your Progress with Ongoing Self-Assessment Documents

     
    Building a Metacognitive Practice Into the Classroom with Blended Learning

     
    Book Study Questions

     
     
    Chapter 5: Setting Learning Goals & Conferencing with Students
    Motivating Unmotivated Students

     
    Goal Setting Strategies

     
    Provide a Goal Setting Strategy

     
    Model Goal Setting

     
    Provide Time in Class for Students to Set Goals

     
    Set Aside Time to Conference with Students about Their Goals

     
    Book Study Questions

     
     
    Chapter 6: Real-time Feedback in a Station Rotation Lesson
    Troubleshooting Challenges with Traditional Approaches to Feedback

     
    Spotlight Blended Learning Model: Station Rotation Model

     
    Using Your Teacher Led Station for Feedback

     
    Tucker Time Feedback Station

     
    Real-Time Feedback Tips

     
    Tech can Make Giving Feedback Easier

     
    Deciding on the Feedback Format that Fits

     
    Mark Barnes’ SE2R Strategy for Providing Students with Narrative Feedback

     
    John Hattie: Where am I going? How am I going there? Where to next?

     
    Book Study Questions

     
     
    Chapter 7: Flip Learning with Videos
    The Benefits of Using Videos with Students

     
    Video is Versatile

     
    Whole Group Rotation with Video Instruction

     
    Station Rotation with Video Instruction

     
    Playlists with Video Instruction

     
    Addressing Concerns about Using Video in School

     
    Creating Your Own Video Content

     
    Curating Video Content Online

     
    Book Study Questions

     
     
    Chapter 8: Rubrics for Learning
    Rubrics As Roadmaps

     
    Rubric Design: Avoiding Common Mistakes

     
    Align Your Criteria with Standards

     
    Limit the Number of Criteria

     
    Use a Mastery-based Scale

     
    Include Clear, Student-friendly Descriptions

     
    Using Rubrics to Further Student Learning

     
    Rubrics Can Guide Students as They Work

     
    Rubrics Can Encourage Self-assessment

     
    Rubrics Support Reflection and Metacognition

     
    Rubrics Support Reflection and Metacognition

     
    Tip: Enter Each Skill as a Separate Score in the Gradebook

     
    Single Skill Rubric: Less is More

     
    Book Study Questions

     
     
    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

     
    Set Up a Space in Your Classroom for These Conversations

     
    Make Paper Copies of the Rubric

     
    Decide How Many Minutes You’ll Spend with Each Student

     
    Use a Timer

     
    Select a Strategy for Quick Transitions

     
    Set Your Timer

     
    Explain the Process

     
    Think Out Loud

     
    Stay Focused

     
    Complete the Rubric

     
    Keep Explanations Brief

     
    Ask Students If They Have Questions

     
    Book Study Questions

     
     
    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

     
    Digital Portfolios

     
    Digital Notebooks

     
    Student-led Conferences

     
     
    Preparing for Student-led Conferences
    Virtual Student-led Conferences

     
    Book Study Questions

     
     
    Chapter 11: Grade Interviews
    Students Become Active Agents in Grading Process

     
    Apply for a Grade Interview

     
    Preparing for Grade Interviews

     
    Conducting Grade Interviews

     
    The Possibilities of a Partnership Model

     
    The Goal: Achieving Balance

     
    Book Study Questions

     

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