MyBlend Stories | Elaine Mantinan

MyBlend Stories | Elaine Mantinan

What's it like to design, build and teach a blended Spanish course

Written by Jeff Gerlach on Wednesday, 01 April 2015.

Elaine Mantinan is a Spanish teacher at L'Anse Creuse High School - North in Macomb, Mich. When her principal approached her to be among the first educators in L’Anse Creuse Public Schools to pioneer their blended learning initiative, she was excited to take part. Over the past two school years she’s been designing, building and teaching a blended Spanish course.

We chatted about the infrastructure and course design considerations necessary for this new course type. We talked about the culture building that needed to happen for students to acclimate to a blended learning environment after years of traditional schooling. Elaine also shared her thoughts on proactive and reactive designs for differentiated student learning. She’s really skilled at creating conversations that flow between the online and face-to-face environments that encourage interactions that deepen language learning.

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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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