How to Personalize Your K-12 Blended Learning Plan
One teacher reveals her easy tips on how to tailor lessons to individual students.
Georgia-based Bishop Hall Charter School knows that K-12 students, particularly those who have challenges, can really benefit from being taught with a personal touch, especially in a blended learning environment.
The school uses a blended learning platform and a learning management system to deliver content to its students – many of whom struggle with a myriad of challenges that make them unable to thrive in the traditional school system. Combining online and face-to-face classroom learning gives students the flexibility they need to succeed academically.
To further improve students’ learning outcomes, Bishop Hall teachers, such as third-year business and technology teacher Brandi Miranda, hone in on their individual needs and readiness to develop personalized learning paths. Miranda and her colleagues create lessons and activities that allow each student to have a say in how, when and where they learn.
Since opening its doors in 1999, more than 415 students, who would likely not have graduated from a traditional school, have graduated thanks to Bishop Hall’s unique curriculum design.
Here are five easy tips from Miranda on how to personalize blended learning plans:
- Give students several different options for acquiring information. Know and respond to their individual needs by planning and differentiating content, processes and assignments per their individual readiness, interests and how they learn best.
- Make sure you have materials that can be accessed by all learners. Include things like videos and audio with reading materials to improve the learning experience for students who don’t learn well with standalone, text-only content.
- Differentiate with a variety of assignments and assessments that are held to the same standards while allowing students to choose which assignments they feel more comfortable completing.
- Make learning more fun by infusing your lessons with interactive activities like quizzes, puzzles and matching games. Interactive learning provides a much more hands-on way to relay information in the classroom, and can help increase student engagement, sharpen their critical thinking skills and ultimately improve their learning outcomes.
- Work collaboratively with students and put them at the center of your blended learning plan design. Really get to know your students and build content and activities that reflect your desired learning outcomes for each one.
Learn more about Bishop Hall’s inspiring story by checking out this video: