Tracey Boychuk has been teaching at Pomona for 25 years. She has spent 18 of those years teaching 12th grade Economics. For a number of years, she has been shaking things up for the 12th grade Econ students. Years ago, Tracey went to a Blended Learning PD offered by Jeffco Schools. She was convinced that the blended learning model could be transforming for students. Tracey knew that students were lacking the computer skills, digital sense and expertise necessary for the workforce or college. Blended Learning was an innovative way that students could use virtual learning to practice digital skills online and get the content, as well. The best part says Tracey, "I don't have to lecture!”
Schoology has the ability to count instructional minutes and Tracey says that the system she has put in place keeps students engaged and self-motivated. Students have at least seven “Virtual Days” a semester. A virtual day consists of students consuming the content using digital tools. They come back to class to explore ideas, collaborate and create! The students come prepared to engage in discussion and real-world tasks.. “It works” she says-as she knocks on wood!
To learn more about Blended Learning-watch this video.