Ep. 30: False Dichotomies | Catlin Tucker | More than Verbs

Tom SchimmerThe Tom Schimmer Podcast

In Don’t @ Me (2:06), Tom addresses the current obsession with false dichotomies and asserts that one in education has to stop. Then, Tom is joined by Catlin Tucker (17:05), author, speaker, leader, and expert in Blended Learning to discuss the ways teachers can efficiently and effectively implement a variety of models. Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:05:45), Tom highlights why … Read More

Envisioning a “New Normal”

Brandi KellyBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Personalize Student Learning Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Blended learning promotes student ownership and helps to address the needs of different styles of learners. A successful example of blended learning at Sangamon Valley Middle School offers the best of both worlds. The shortcomings vs. benefits of blended learning are explored. Envisioning a New Normal: Imagine the Possibilities The pandemic has created a great deal of angst for … Read More

Blended Learning: My Fear for the Future

Jenn BreisacherBlog, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: It is important that educators don’t mistake the model of learning in the past year as true blended learning. When blended learning is implemented properly, educator stress levels will decrease and student success levels will increase. I began teaching with a blended learning approach before anybody really knew what it was. I had always been intrigued by flipping my … Read More

119: Connected, reflective, and unrelenting. – Bryon Carpenter shares why you need to connect with others outside your space, how to always be reflective, and why every obstacles is an opportunity waiting to happen.

Teach Better TeamTeach Better Talk Podcast

11 year veteran teacher, Bryon Carpenter, chats with is about being unrelenting, connecting with others, and making it your  own. Bryon shares why you need to connect with others outside your space, how to always be reflective, and why every obstacles is an opportunity waiting to happen. Episode Highlights 2:03 – 3 things you can do right now to be … Read More

Blended Learning without Mastery Learning: The Failure of A New Initiative Without Proper Scaffolding

Rae HughartBlog, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Mastery Done Better

Blended Learning without Mastery Learning

Post Highlights Blended Learning is an idea and new district initiative taking over many areas around the country. Blended learning is any formal education program in which a student learns, at least in part, through online mediums. A mastery learning classroom is a commitment to students’ ability to master content before moving on to more challenging information. It is possible … Read More