Identifying new ways to learn – Blended learning is tomorrow’s classroom today

Some Blended Learning Tools for you to download

Blended learning is the new pedagogy that none of us in education can ignore.  In a nutshell blended learning is creating a learning culture that combines learning remotely with learning in the classroom.  The last six months have been a time where many learners have learnt using technology, in isolation from their teacher and their peers. Teachers have also had to learn a whole new repertoire of strategies for ensuring learning takes place for individuals who are working in isolation and where the teacher has little control. We as CPD providers have also had to learn how to continue to provide CPD remotely and to offer answers for education as to how to teach in this new world.

We have produced a Blended Learning Self-Assessment Tool for schools to use to focus on how to continue to use a blended approach especially as some learners are still in isolation. This tool helps to define what is working well and your priorities for change.

Have a look at our fifteen top tips guide for ensuring learners can make the transition from home schools to the classroom.

The latest in our repertoire of live webinars is a course specifically designed to look at blended learning. We have now run this course several times either at prescribed times in the morning or as twilights or where schools have asked us to deliver it their whole teaching staff. Have a look at the course content below,

Blended Learning – Mixing the virtual with the actual: a pedagogy of the future

You may also be interested in our suite of inclusive off the shelf courses that you can buy to deliver at a time to suit the CPD timetable and calendar.  One of these courses is called The Learning Room – a series of strategies linked to metacognition and thinking skills and looks especially at group working, independent learning, comprehension or reading for understanding and enquiry skills. All of which are essential skills in a world that will become increasingly reliant on a blended approach to learning. See the EEF research paper Metacognition and Self-regulation

We have six titles currently available to buy and more on the way.  Have a look in more detail here.

We are delivering all of our courses as live webinars which are virtual face to face sessions for individuals to attend. They offer 4 hours of training split over two sessions with time for reflection in between.  There is a personal presenter and a wealth of resources and materials sent physically and electronically. Find out more.

We cannot ignore the changes to our understanding of ourselves whether we are the teacher, the trainer or the learner.  Learning has a new shape and we must not ignore the fact that for many it is unlikely that we will return to the past normal.  Technology has been our salvation and we have all had to learn how to use it in more innovative ways.

 

The answers you hope for depend on the questions you ask

What are the questions that achieve the best outcomes from your learners? Do you have at your fingertips questions that will inspire enquiry, problem solving and challenge? Are you stimulating for your pupils the desire to learn, find out more and deepen knowledge and understanding?

“the disciplined practice of thoughtful questioning enables the learner to examine ideas and be able to determine the validity of those ideas” Socrates

The Learning Cultures’ team are experts in coaching.  This gives us an edge in the techniques required to be innovative in how to ask the right questions.  We know that incisive and focused questioning is one of the most fundamental skills a coach must develop. It is also the most powerful pedagogy in the classroom. This exceptional time in our lives and the lives of all our learners provides us with the time to reflect on how to skilfully use questioning as a stimulus for learning.

Asking open questions that start with who, when, where, what, how or why require the recipient of the question to answer fully.  Asking a learner ‘where did you find the information to inform your answer?’ ‘What do you know already about the Romans?’ cannot be answered with a yes or no answer and lead the learner to explain their reasoning or recall what they already have learnt.  We have included here some resources that you can use to reflect on how you use questioning and how you can use specific types of questioning to challenge deeper thinking, create opportunities for reflection and motivate learners to take risks and find their own solutions.

We have included a proforma that explains the main questioning types and when to use them. We have put together a few slides from a presentation we use to deepen knowledge about questioning and how to cleverly use questioning techniques as part of learning how to coach. We have also added in a list of ‘Socratic questions’ and example answers. We have also included a table that provides some examples of progressive questioning for higher levels of response linked to Bloom’s taxonomy.

Happy questioning to all of you out there learning how to teach remotely. I wonder how much will change for all of us as we remain in this virtual world for a little while longer.

We are going virtual with some of our training courses. CPD for educators while we are not in school is just as important as ensuring the right approach to teaching our pupils. Have a look below at our first suite of online CPD for educators,