Blended learning and Flipped classroom are two methods of teaching that many teachers and school districts have embraced. As a former math teacher, I was not ready to jump on the bandwagon when it was first introduced in my school district. I was working as a school counselor and was not convinced that this new method would work for all students, especially students who needed extra help understanding concepts.
I was totally surprised when I watched Alissa Mansolillo instruct students using the blended learning model. One of the first lessons I had the opportunity to sit in on provided instruction to students on how to combine like terms. Students were assigned a video to watch for homework. Ms. Mansolillo encouraged students to have their notebooks open while watching the video to take notes and/or write down any questions they might have while watching the video. In addition, parents/guardians are able to watch the video with their children and offer support as necessary.
When students came to class the following day, Ms. Mansolillo reviewed the video and students then worked in small groups on sample problems. Ms. Mansolillo was able to spend time with students and clarify any questions they had. When I watched this process from start to finish, I realized that fewer students were frustrated with completing the task at hand. Most students, though not all, found it easier to understand the math concept.
By using this method as part of her repertoire, Ms. Mansolillo was able to deliver the curriculum through a myriad of platforms. It is truly a student-driven model. Ms. Mansolillo is part of the teaching staff at the Academic Success Academy in Wakefield, RI.
Click on the link to watch Ms. Masolillo's lesson on Combining Like Terms (Unit 1.1 Lesson 3)