As blended learning has received more attention in recent years we’ve seen more misconceptions and assumptions arise. Want the truth? Raymond Steinmetz, a middle school math teacher and blended learning advocate, wrote a blog addressing just such misconceptions.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Blended learning isn’t the same as online learning – As Steinmetz explains, the important part of blended learning is the “blended” part. Blended learning isn’t about students learning entirely online or sitting lifeless in front of computers the entire day. Blended learning is about making the most of technology, using it when it will best benefit students, and using traditional classroom resources when it is a better fit.
Blended learning doesn’t mean replacing teachers with computers – Similar to the first point, Steinmetz makes it clear that blended learning is about better utilizing teachers’ time and effort, minimizing time spent lecturing and allowing more 1:1 time with students.
Blended learning isn’t a cookie-cutter solution – Every classroom in every school will have a slightly different way of approaching blended learning. (Check out our previous blog for some options). Steinmetz encourages teachers to experiment with different options until they find a good fit for their teaching style and classroom environment.
Blended learning doesn’t require a one-to-one device initiative – Not every school or family can afford to put a device in the hands of each student, and that’s okay. There are many blended learning models that allow for students to share devices and/or take turns with them.
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