"It is hard to be able to imagine what could be if you don't know what is."
Mr. Anderson has a podcast on the Blended Learning Cycle. I liked how he began my including in his introduction all of his inspirations to try new things in his classroom. He includes flip, explore, apply, some of his personal experiences among other ideas. This quote stood out to me in his podcast:
"Reminder: It's not fair to tell your students that grades aren't important if you are ultimately giving your students grades."
This quote stands out because I remember one of my teachers mentioning something similar. I did not understand why grades are not important in grade school is my job. What am I doing here then? hard Teaching the importance of education in grade school is difficult. Using a head fake like Randy Pausche mentioned might be helpful. So teachers are there to make learning interesting enough to be important! I notice, even in college, many students receiving degrees and memorizing the study guide. When I ask a question with application, they do not have a clue. How are you supposed to be a professional when you are memorizing facts? Understanding and comprehension and applying that knowledge to different situations is key. Having passion for what you do is also important.
Blended Learning basically blends online, mobile, classroom learning with the Learning Cycle: Engage, Explore, Explain, Expand, Evaluate. "Its a great way to present material and material to be learned. Brian's acronym to his blended learning cycle is QUIVERS.
QU- Question: phenomenon or hook in learning; grabs attention
I- Investigation: experiment data, labs
E- Ellaboration - reading, physics, diagrams, importance, understand
R- Review - explanation and application
S - Summary Quiz
I appreciate and will definitely utilize Brian's idea of blended learning. His blended learning cycle is his little mission statement that helps guide and remind him throughout his teaching. As a teacher, Brian feels more involved. Also, I liked how Brian mentions, "you don't really learn it until you can explain it." This is so true! Starting with a question and figuring it out. Now that's a fun way to learn.