Blended Learning Plus Cova, My Innovation Proposal.
Implementation of my innovation Time line.
Blended Learning Literature Review –
The Effect of Disruptive Innovation in My Organization
I am a 2nd Grade Math/Science teacher for a public elementary school in Katy, Texas. My school is located in the heart of the energy corridor of Texas and most of our parents are engineers, top managers, doctors, lawyers, pro athletes or other professional. Our our campus is very diverse with students from over 38 different countries. KDE is a wonderful happy school with top teachers, high parent involvement, and fabulous kids. But just like what is happening in schools all over the world, the question is “Are we preparing the kids in our classrooms today for tomorrow’s world?” and “Are we meeting the needs of all students or are we alienating to many?”
I am afraid that even at tops public schools like KDE, we are not able to reach each child and grow their potential. Many kids are disengaged and lack enthusiasm. The fact is it is time not for evolving, but for big change. If we are to prepare our students for tomorrow’s world, we have to start by realizing that our education system was designed as a system to educate the masses economically.
We have standards, standardized test, and scope and sequences. The buzz word now is student centered. Just what does that mean? It is a shift from teacher centered learning to the student. At Lamar University, where I am presently working on My Master’s in Digital Leading and Learning, I am truly learning using a student centered approach. What it looks like is defined by the COVA Model. COVA stands for Choice, Ownership, Voice, and Authentic Learning. If we want student centered learning, we need to see this in our classrooms. In a student centered classroom, learning becomes differentiated, personalized, and potential is unleashed. The results are students who love to learn and become lifelong learners. Skills and knowledge needed for future jobs will constantly change and the lifelong learners are going to be the survivors of the fittest in the digital age job market.
Why haven’t we already started building the classrooms of the future and began moving the focus from standardization to personalization? Cost was the main reason. But new technology is here to challenge our excuse. The cost of “Smart technologies”, technologies that know exactly what the needs of the child are and automatically adjusts to provide the appropriate lessons for the child are becoming more affordable as are the devices such as Chromebooks making them smart investments. Data is available to show the positive impact this smart technology is having in schools around the country. Other Data supports a combination of face to face as well as pen and pencil learning with the online learning component to be the best of the new and the old resulting in what is referred to as Blended Learning.
It is my goal to not only prepare my students for tomorrow’s world but to create lifelong lovers of learning. I want to turn my classroom into one where not just the teacher leads the learning but the students are driving their own learning through exploration, collaboration, and real world problem solving. I want to personalize the learning and unleash the potential of each child not keeping them on a linear track but allowing them to grow in diverse directions. Heather Wolpert-Gawron wrote in Edutopia.com “In education, the components of on-line and face to face are stronger than apart.” (Heather Wolpert-Gawron(April 28,2011)Blended Learning,Combining Face to Face and
Online Education. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/blended-online-learning-heather-wolpert-gawron. )
Using the Blended Learning Model along with the philosophy of the COVA Model from Lamar University, I plan on implementing this innovative model into my classroom. I believe it will stand as testimony and an example to my school.
My innovation plan will be carried out using a 3 station rotation for Math instruction. My young students need face to face instruction from me daily, so one of three stations will be the Concentration Table, where students will receive guided instruction. In the second station students will work in independent, partner, or collaborative groups to problem solve. Here I will use both paper and pencil along with hyperdocs which will allow students to engage in exploration of the topic with movies clips from sources like Khan Academy, activities, and problem solving challenges. The Hyperdocs will offer students C for choice through both the navigation and the evidence of learning. Ownership will be cultivated by sharing both through google doc discussions and in the student’s eportfolio on See.saw. The work will give the student V for voice and problems will include opportunities to solve authentic problem based learning. The third station, will focus on using personalized Smart Technology such as our present program, Education Galaxy, or if I can secure a grant, a preferable smart program for math like Dreambox.
I believe that with successfully implementation, that this 21st Century Classroom will serve as a model for other teachers who will see that this IS doable, and is a shift towards what we must give our kids.
My Personal, Professional Learning Networks
This Keynote is on the Learning Networks I engage in
My Past, Present, and Future in Digital Leadership
I created a google slide presentation about my Past, Present, and Future in Digital Leadership.
My Learning Manifesto
Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of manifesto states –Define manifesto: a written statement that describes the goals, and opinions of a person.
Please watch my Learning Manifesto
The Impact of Our Attitude
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say you do. It is more important than appearances, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the on thing we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you..we are in charge of our attitudes.
– by Charles Swindoll.
After studying Carol Dweck’s best seller Mindset and discussing it in my first course (5302)in Digital Leading and Learning, I have created the following Powtoons.