Principal's Message

 

 

 

“I have been very pleased with the transformation by both the students and staff with the incorporation of Blended Learning. Seeing the amazing data results and the academic growth in our students has motivated the entire school." - Julie Kolbeck, Principal

Christ the King teachers and staff believe every child deserves a personal education, tailored to their own strengths and weaknesses. To make that belief a reality, the school has adopted a “Blended Learning” model for students in 1st- 6th grade. Blended Learning combines technology, one-on-one teacher/student interaction, and individual work time to help students learn at their own pace.
 

During Blended Learning lessons in reading and math, a class is split up into three groups. The first group sits in a small group of students with the teacher to work on reading sections or math problems in a one-on-one atmosphere. The second group works on the I-Ready program on a Chromebook covering the same topic. The third group works at independent work stations on an assignment given to the class and learns independently.
 
Our students and teachers would say the most important piece to the Blended Learning model is “The Teacher Table.” This is where students are grouped based on each one's individual needs. It allows for personal instruction based on the student’s individual skill set. “I like having smaller groups, because it is easier to learn. I also like working with the teacher one-on-one,” says Elianna Dengler, 3rd grader.

Teachers like the new method, too. Many say the one-on-one setting allows them to focus on one student at a time, and get more familiar with their students on an individual basis. “Blended Learning has made it so that I have a better understanding of student progress. With the small group sizes, it has allowed for collaboration amongst students because they feel more comfortable sharing,” says Jenny Quissell, 3rd grade teacher.

The technology involved in the Blended Learning format not only gets students excited about lessons, it also helps teachers assess how their class is keeping up with certain lessons. The I-Ready program gives students an adaptive assessment in reading and math, automatically adjusting the difficulty of the questions according to each student’s performance, until the assessment finds exactly the level at which the student is performing. Once the child completes the test, the student will be assigned online instruction to help them learn each skill. This helps students move ahead if they are more advanced in one area, or keep working until they learn how to apply the skills to their school work correctly.

The independent work stations allow students to become independent learners. By giving the students the opportunity to work on the assignments based on their needs, we are allowing them the opportunity to succeed. It also gives them more time to work on their homework in class, where they can ask questions during their turn with the teacher.