Every lesson has a key question or concept, a hook that the class latch to, discuss and work with to engage and learn. When you ask that question or start that discussion, could you say that all of your pupils will engage and contribute? Even if all of them ‘put their hand up’, could you choose, listen and react to each contribution?
Blended Learning is the thoughtful integration of the online classroom with the physical classroom with the physical classroom.
I have started the project at my school, Highover in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, where teachers think of the next lesson’s hook. We will then create a post to go on the class blog. The post could be a question or statement; anything for the children to engage with as part of a homework activity. Children then comment their thoughts and reactions to the hook for their homework task. They could even ask a question encouraging their peers to reply and generate peer learning. Peers could even reply to comments to build on their classmates thoughts, scaffold learning.
In the following day or session, the teacher can read through their class’s contributions, from all the class members. The teacher can pick out the key comments from the discussion to delve further into the subject. Higher order thinking and a deeper understanding of the taught subject will take place.
It could also utilise key teaching time. Rather than have the discussion in class, with the teacher trying their hardest to encourage all to contribute. The discussion can take place online for homework via the blog meaning the taught session in the physical class can be spent practising the concept in a task with the teacher having more time to support where necessary.