MyBlend Stories | Angela Mellott

MyBlend Stories | Angela Mellott

A whole course blended learning adventure!

Written by Jeff Gerlach on Tuesday, 10 February 2015.

Since 2007 Angela Mellott has been a teacher at Brandywine Community Schools. Brandywine Junior/Senior High School serves grades 7-12 and staff is shared between the middle and high school grade levels.

Identifying opportunities to differentiate learning for her students, Angela began to explore blended learning in April 2014. She chose to work with MyBlend to support her growth in applying blended learning strategies to her course design.

In our conversation she references two MyBlend professional development courses that focus on blended learning. One is an introductory level course that takes a comprehensive look at teaching and learning online and in a blended format. The second is a more advanced course which focuses on studying instructional design strategies and the digital tools for creation of content in a blended course. If you are interested in learning more about these courses, visit our enrollment page.

I’ve worked closely with Angela as part of the Teacher’s Workbench, a component of MyBlend that pairs teachers with an instructional designer to support blended learning in their classrooms. Since August 2014 we’ve developed and implemented a blended learning design to a course that she previously taught all face-to-face.

The course that she chose to blend, her Advanced Business course, consists of 13 Juniors and Seniors who have completed the basic business course that Angela also teaches. Angela mentioned that many of these students maintain jobs. With this in mind the school decided to implement a three-day onsite, two-day remote, weekly schedule in order to provide greater flexibility to their school/work balancing act.

Our partnership has been unique, due in large part to the full access she has given me to her curriculum and the open dialog we’ve been able to have in regards to pedagogical choices to meet learning targets.

Our conversation focused on her continued growth as a blended teacher, but I was happy to also capture some of the brainstorming conversation that we regularly have when discussing her students’ learning. My hope is that by having these conversations in the open, you can better understand the nature of our work together.

This is her story.

About the Author

Jeff Gerlach

Jeff Gerlach

Jeff Gerlach (@JGer1) is an instructional design coach for Michigan Virtual University. He works with teachers to design blended learning experiences for students through presentations, school partnerships, online courses and 1:1 coaching. He holds a master's degree in educational technology from Michigan State and has experience as a face-to-face teacher in the metro Detroit area where he blended his classroom for six school years.

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