Blended learning

 Introduction

  •  What is the innovation you are trying?

I coordinate the English department in a private school in Brazil. I would like to innovate the English Classes by trying out the system of station rotation in the classes.

  • A scan of your classroom(s)/school as they are traditionally structured/staffed/run.

Our classes are traditionally structured with rows of desks and the teacher in front lecturing to a 35 student class. Sometimes there are group works but the students are  usually working individually. Oral practice is very difficult and students are not motivated. There are strong students and weak ones.I feel alot of time is wasted controlling behaviour issues. Students  do not know how they are been assessed and objectives are not clear. There is a syllabus to be followed but I know they can accomplish much more.

  • A look at a key difference in the new structure/staffing

The first two weeks of the new semester, students will be divided into groups. This grouping will be flevible, changing every month. THe groups will be chosen according to each students strengths, in each group there must be stronger and weaked students. The class will be divided into 5 groups of 6 students ( considering I have a class of 30 students).During these first two weeks, students will be introduced to the new system, introduced to the rubrics and understand the assessment process and also get acquainted to the station rotation system. Group 1 will be working on vocabulary skills, group 2 on reading skills, group 3 on listening skills, group 4 on writing skills and groups 5 on oral practice and discussions. Each group will have a group monitor, who is in charge of the groups behaviour and outcome.The English class lasts 1 hour and fifty minutes. During this time, all groups must go through all the stations. At the end of the class, the teacher will wrap up the topic as a whole class.

  • How did this change the role of the adults? How did this change the learning for the students? What are the implications for future practice in this classroom(s)/school.

Instead of the teacher working with 30 students, he/she will be working with 5 units. The teacher should offer more support to the oral practice group, enhancing their production. Students will be more motivated as the know wat is expected from them in each station as they have the rubrics. THe teacher is no longer a central piece in this system as group monitors also help out. THe teacher´s role is a facilitator.Students will have more time to understand each skill and a group to support him/her in case of doubts. THey become agents of their own learning.

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First blog

This is the second time I am blogging. My first time was when I set up a blog for my students and we had a great time. It is not at all difficult to set up a blog. I am considering using blogs in my professional life! Let´s see  how I do! That´s all for now.

P.S. The quote in my first post is my favorite quote!

To laugh often …

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Essayist & Poet