Our class discovered a side effect of blended learning. Sometimes the class is so engaged they work right through recess and no one notices! We were all engaged in various literacy projects. I was traveling from group to group providing guidence and helping when asked. No one thought to look at the clock and apparently no one needed a break because recess passed us by. What is even more amazing is that the students really didn't seem to care. I know... hard to believe, but true. "Don't worry," I told my class. "We'll stop and take a recess break now." No one ran for the door and I heard,"Okay, just a minute." and "Wait...I have to write one more sentence." When did learning become as important as recess? Love blended learning.
Math has become totally student driven. I say, "It's time to explore math!" and for about 5 minutes the room looks like chaos as students gather materials, computers, students with whom to work ... and it's pretty noisy. Then everyone settles down and all you hear is working noise.
My job is to circulate and watch and document understandings of concepts. I am at every student's beck and call. The kind of calls I get sound like this: "I finished a lesson can I go on to the next one?"; "I watched the video twice but I still don't get it can you do this problem with me?"; "Mallory and I got different answers for this problem and we both think ours is right, can you help us figure it out?"; or "Our group wants to do a few more problems can you give us some?" Talk about personalized!!!
I always announce when we only have 15 minutes left in our math period so students can stop and play concept related math games that I created. Lately I have noticed that some students still need the break and stop and play games but many like those pictured just keep going. Amazing that students would choose to work hard to the last minute!!! Love Blended Learning!