There have been many changes at Shuford Elementary School over the years, many brought about because the school has been exploring blended learning.
Fifth grader Drew Fisher has attended Shuford Elementary since kindergarten. He’s noticed a lot of changes. He likes the increasing amount of technology available to students.
“You used to do everything on pencil and paper, and now we’re finding ways to do it on the computer, and I like it that way,” Fisher said. “Now, the teachers can’t get on to you for turning in something on crunched up paper.”
The school recently hosted a Blended Learning Showcase, where visitors experienced the type of confidence exuded by Drew in every classroom they visited.
With blended learning, students work together in small groups and rotate from teacher instruction to working at hands on stations. Teachers can provide personalized learning without slowing down the entire class.
Some of the student guides admitted it can be difficult to work with others in groups at times.
“It depends on the assignment we’re given,” Reid Griffin said. “Patience is important. It’s the same thing like sports. If you keep working with what you’re doing, you’ll get better at it.”