I really like the concept of “Now-ists” I think that is exactly how young students are learning, it is the adults that need catching up. Students have no fear of technology, they will just dive right into a program or product and figure it out without reading instructions. The instructions are the plan B if they can’t figure it out on their own or with help from someone else.
Flexibility is key when implementing something new. I think we must be a flexible to be a successful teacher, so what would be different about being flexible with blended learning? How often does something not work whether it be the presentation or the great lab you created, and you scratch it in the middle of your lesson and come up with another way to get the students to understand the concept? This is the same idea to me, if a blended model isn’t working and needs to be revamped, you must change it and fast.
As educators, we also must model what we are expecting our students to do. To completely change the way, we view teaching is uncomfortable. There are many times I have changed my teaching style or taught a new subject, or at a new school. It is uncomfortable, but we should be showing our students that learning is uncomfortable. I have noticed that when I am able to give choices to my students some students love the flexibility, and these are the students that usually are unmotivated. The students that struggle with the choices are typically students that strive to make 100’s because they don’t always care about learning they care about getting the best possible grade.
I don’t know that I am ready to jump into blended learning today, it’s scary! However, I have months to process these changes and work on my plans, so I believe I will be as ready as I can be to make these implementations. I don’t know that you can ever be completely ready to make huge changes, but if you have a positive mindset, and remember that this will benefit the students in such a powerful way, it will be a success.