Student-Centered & Blended Learning: The Evolution of a Model…and Teacher
When I originally took on the role as Blended Instruction Specialist with Matchbook Learning, I assumed all of my years as an effective teacher and technology coordinator would prepare me to build capacity with a group of educators hired to shape a brand-new district. Laughable.
The reality was I came from traditional education. The whole system of teaching and learning that I had been accustomed to now was considered obsolete, the “old way.”
It had become my responsibility to figure out how to transition a diverse staff, as well as myself, to a radical paradigm shift. The assumptions came swiftly.
I knew that the veteran teachers would likely need a great deal of support. I mean, in a true SCL classroom, the teacher has, in a sense, relinquished her power. Most vets, myself included, relish in giving an Oscar-worthy performance in front of a class. Teachers are performers, after all. SCL threatened that. The teacher was now to be a facilitator of learning, with the students dictating the style in which they learned and the pace which they learned at. Yikes.
My next assumption was that rookie teachers would adapt quickly. They didn’t know any better; they didn’t have any bad habits. Easy. Right?
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I soon discovered that nothing is easy or for sure when challenging the status quo. I had to get a handle on the model and prepare the teachers and administrators to be agents of change. This was revolution. It was time to suit up and train for the battle ahead…