May 10

May 10/16 AR Task: Reflecting on Blended Learning Model in ELA

To finish off this section, you have an Assess and Reflect task to complete. Remember these tasks are meant for you to look back at how you’re learning, evaluate which tasks you can be more successful in completing, what your stronger skills are and what are the skills you need to develop. The Assess and Reflect sections are also worth 20% of your ELA B10 mark and are assessed not on a right or wrong answer but on how thoughtful and well-considered your self-reflection is.

For this AR task, follow along in the blog post and read along while listening to the audio recording. I’ve recorded the explanation of this AR task to help you understand well the background to this reflective question and the question itself you’re being asked to consider and respond to.

Write out and attach your paragraph response to submit with your section B5 work. If you feel it will help you to represent this self-assessment in an additional way, like a pro/con t-chart you can add that along with your reflective paragraph.


Listen to the recording as you follow along:

In review of Section B5 our Poetry studies, you had:

  • Choice
  • Pace
  • Path
  • collaborative work in small groups to generate and share learning
  • identified your own skills – strengths and weaknesses
  • used technology for part of the learning
    • apps for recording speaking/doing representing
    • instruction was given on the blog posts for section activities
    • comprehension responses were added to the blog post
    • resources for enriched learning given to challenge students at a higher level

These characteristics are what blended learning looks like in an ELA classroom.

Our division and school wants to incorporate more blended learning.

I want you to really consider what you learned or gained, if anything, from this method of ELA study of the poetry in section B5.  In contrast, when studying Poetry we have typically done some smaller group activities, but largely studied the text as a whole group. For example, when we studied “The Raven” or other poems like “Frankenstein” or “The Listeners”, we:

  • worked through the poem together with a partner or small group first to try to make meaning of the poem
  • identified responses to questions related to the poem to consider
  • shared what you’d learned together as a whole class
  • small activities like piecing together a stanza from “The Raven”
  • going up and down the rows asking everyone to contribute something to the learning

You have to think about this. We are not abandoning the whole group learning in ELA, but I’d like your reflective feedback on what you like about the blended learning model in ELA and what you don’t like. This is your Assess and Reflect (AR) Task for this section. It is not marked on what answer you give; it is marked on how well-considered and thoughtful the response developed is. Mull over the question, jot some ideas down or maybe make a pro/con list, and develop your personal reflection of the question in an informal paragraph.

Write it up (can type and print) but submit together with your Section B5 work.

Don’t forget that you had to add a comment response to each of the Poetry tasks and also submit your Speaking/Writing/Representing work done with your partner through a Google Doc.


October 8

Oct 8: ELA 9 Are you ready to start blogginnngggggggg??

Hey 9s, now’s the time! Let’s dig into these blogs and see what you can make of them! We’ll go through some steps together to format your new blogs.

There are a few steps I’d like you to follow today in getting started, so use this like a checklist if you will:

Add new posts for:

  1. Your Found Poem: take a photo of your poem and add it to your blog post. Then embed your Fotobabble recording of your reading, or an audio file if you can. Make sure to give your post an interesting but appropriate title.
  2. Your new “Words on a Page” presentation: add your presentation to a new post. You can link a powerpoint or your Prezi.

Add a Page and from the bottom up add:

  1. Your initial AR Fotobabble recording
  2. Your self assessment of your presentation. Take a photo of your assessment and comment about what is most difficult in doing aself assessment.
  3. Your image results of your Multiple Intelligence Survey. Comment on which areas it shows are your strongest.