Blended Learning: Thoughts from Blended Learning Teachers


“I want to do this every day. I want to be explicit about what they are LEARNING in class. It’s not about what we are TEACHING. It’s about the LEARNING.”

―April May, Richland High School, Blended Learning Teacher




“Have I changed my thoughts on how to teach? Yes, I still wouldn’t say I’m a coach or a guide yet, but I’m getting there.”

            Josh Reed, Haltom High School, Blended Learning Teacher




Blended learning combines the best of face-to-face and technology resources to create a learning experience for students, but it is so much more than this.  It is also about using data and student agency (ownership and responsibility) to create a student-centered learning experience that intentionally increases student involvement and interest.” 

―Cheryl McKnight, Blended Learning Facilitator

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New Birdville Twitter Chat Slow Chat Challenge: January 10 – 17 … TWEET TO BE ENTERED IN THIS WEEK’S PRIZE DRAWING


What is it?

A week long (Tuesday-Tuesday) Twitter chat focused on a specific topic or question.


How does it work?

Throughout this week:

·        Tweet your answer to the “I resolve …” question

·        Retweet/Quote/Like other “I resolve …” tweets that you like

·        Reply to other “I resolve …” tweets to ask questions or share ideas

·        Tweet to share photos and examples of things you do throughout the week to make your resolution happen.


Digital Learning



Tweet to Share and Be Entered to Win!

Tweet and share great teaching and learning Dec. 6-14 and be entered to win 1 of 5 prizes of $15 worth of IOS apps.

 Be sure to use the hashtag #BirdvilleLearns



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Blended is dynamic. Blended is progressive. …

Dscottevansrhsoes blended presume that students–not just teenagers, but human learners in general–are equipped to grapple with rigorous, higher-order concepts without explicit and direct instruction, the inaugural stage in the lesson cycle?

I believe it does.

I believe that our new instructional model is not just dynamic, but it is also flexible. Blended learning operates within certain prescribed parameters–data-driven instruction, student agency, flexible grouping, station rotations–yet it is agile enough to adapt, to change, to accommodate to thrive.

I believe that student performance will shape the trajectory of learning.

If direct instruction in required, then blended will allow for it. If students can learn collaboratively or autonomously, then blended will embrace that too. Systems are sustainable.

~ Scott Evans, Richland High School


An Awesome PL Opportunity – The Annual Online Google Conference!


Mark Your Calendar – Google’s Online Conference It Takes a Teacher

 Register today for a free online conference presented by Google for Education on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Learn from over 100 sessions led by other educators. Learn new approaches & celebrate that #ItTakesATeacher.

 You will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage with other educators and school leaders to share with and learn from each other.
  • Hear from inspiring speakers like Linda Darling-Hammond, Jennie Magiera, Kevin Brookhouser and many more.
  • Explore the latest Google product news and get tips and tools from educators.

In the meantime, check out Google’s It Takes a Teacher page where you can share your stories with the hashtag #ItTakesATeacher.

In the coming weeks we’ll be sending you updates on the 100+ speakers and sessions. Stay tuned!

Dec. 2-3

Day and Time:

Friday – Saturday, December 2-3
Start on Friday – December 2 at 4 p.m.
End on Saturday – December 3 at 5p.m.


Online (Details to come)
Sessions around the clock, around the world

REGISTER NOW to get your spot and receive updates about the online conference right in your inbox.


Blended Learning: Thoughts from Blended Learning Teachers

“I have heard great things about Membean and I am excited to get my students logged in and started on their journey through the program. My goal is to increase student writing, therefore using Membean to increase their vocabulary. I am looking forward to seeing student’s progress throughout the year and seeing if their scores increase due to this program.”

Tiffany Gaines, Haltom High School teacher #BISDShines #BISDBlended


“My students have really been great this week and doing amazing with their tabloid projects. My fifth-period students especially have taken this assignment to new levels and gone outside their comfort zone. We have students creating news broadcasts, radio interviews, posters and typing their articles on Google Docs.”

―Lisa Sandoval, Haltom High School teacher #BISDShines #BISDBlended


“My dad always taught me to look for the positive and make work fun. So for each person who has started the Blended Learning process let me give you this quote. ‘Let go of your disappointments, mistakes, and failures. May you find complete healing, renewed spiritual strength and courage to begin again.’ ” 

―Denise Jones, Richland High School teacher #BISDShines #BISDBlended