Blended Learning (BL) is an intriguing concept in education. I consider myself a novice when it comes to knowing what makes BL successful, however, I look forward to learning more. The Digital Learning Team will embark on a book study so that we will be able to learn more about blended learning from this book.
In chapter 1, Shifting to a Blended Culture, a poignant question was posed by one of the authors, "How do we create quality education at scale that works for every student and honors their individuality as learners?" (Tucker, Wycoff, Green, 2016, pg. 3). As a teacher of 15 years, the struggle to create a classroom that answers this question, and honors the individuality and learning preferences of all my students is one that I agonized over every year. I admit, that despite my very best attempts, I regrettably failed to create a system that was 100% effective in my estimation. The author wrote that he grappled with that very question for almost 20 years so I don't feel too bad, and I am happy that I think I may get to learn how this is done in less than 20 years. I hope to be able to teach others for the benefit of their students! Tucker et. al. (2016) wrote that when implemented well, blended learning environments create the possibility, not the guarantee, for every student to experience precisely the learning he or she needs.
I am excited to learn more about BL and to have resources available to assist teachers to integrate and sustain BL environments.
Tucker, C. R., Wycoff, T., & Green, J. T. (2016). Blended Learning in Action: A Practical Guide Toward Sustainable Change. Corwin Press.