How can a blended learning model be applied to facilitate personalization of numeracy instruction for primary students?
Although the new BC curriculum addresses the need for personalization of instruction in Mathematics there are not many guidelines or resources available to support using a Blended Learning approach for personalization in the primary classroom. There is little substantial research around using Blended Learning as a way to personalize, and thus improve, Mathematical achievement in the primary grades as the majority of the research is conducted at the secondary and post-secondary levels. This Blended Learning Numeracy project is designed to move primary Math classrooms from a traditional learning delivery model—where all students are taught the same knowledge at the same time— to a more personalized model where all students are provided time to master skills and move forward at their own pace once conceptual understanding of a concept is acquired. Teachers are able to provide small group instruction based on individual student’s learning needs and students are able to have input into their learning. Blended Learning also develops the lifelong skills needed for our students to be successful in the 21st Century. The Critical Challenge Question, ‘How can a Blended Learning model be applied to facilitate personalization of Numeracy instruction for primary students?’ is informed by this research and has been applied to the creation of the Primary BlendED website. The website is intended to be a resource for teachers who want to implement a Blended Learning model in their primary Mathematics classroom. The website provides suggestions for apps to support personalization as well as resources on classroom setup, digital citizenship and student privacy.