Today’s Contributor: Cynthia A. Ayala, Campus CIC @ Ridgetop Elementary
August: INSPIRED I’m feeling inspired by the training but somehow skeptical of my abilities in navigating through the platform. The ideas are flowing. The possibilities are endless. Man, oh, man… if I can just figure out how to get started!
September: DENIAL I know that BLEND is there looming above lesson planning, IEP writing, scheduling, grading, parent communication, and documentation but I’ve yet to dig into anything but the sand.
October: DETERMINATION It’s been long enough. I’m going to get this. I’m needing to get this in order to be able to facilitate to those willing to join the Tech PLC. I still have a touch of blind inspiration; with the support of my CDC and my determination, it will get done!
November: VICTORY – (11/16/2017) Today was a big day for me. Major breakthrough! I’m not sure what my mental block was BUT I was able to break down BLEND in such a way that I can explain it to teachers. I’m ready to reach out and coach.
November – December: COLLABORATION We ended the year strong with the development of a PLC that meets twice a month. We have teachers starting to use BLEND in their 3rd grade, 4th grade, and resource classrooms. Pages were made for students to use as guidance on a PBL project in social studies. Biliteracy strategies such as Lotta Lara and The Dictado were added into BLEND so that students have differentiated work in the general education classroom.
January 2018: FACILITATION – I made a BLEND course as the vehicle for training teachers during our staff development day. Teachers learned about Google Drive, blended learning, and using BLEND in their classroom. Additionally, I was able to get 1:1 meetings scheduled with teachers. This will be time set aside for them to begin with their stages of BLEND. The goal is for everyone to be on the blend board by the end of the year.