Bold School: Old School Wisdom + New School Technologies = Blended Learning That Works

Bold School: Old School Wisdom + New School Technologies = Blended Learning That Works

by Weston Kieschnick

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Endorsed by John Hattie: “Bold School…needs to be an essential part of every educator’s toolbox.”

Technology is awesome. Teachers are better. Blending new technologies into instruction is a non-negotiable if we are to help our students gain the skills they’ll need to thrive in careers. And so too is educators’ old school wisdom in planning intentional blended learning that works. Too often, sincere enthusiasm for technologies pushes proven instructional strategies to the wayside, all but guaranteeing blended learning that is all show and no go. 
Bold School is a book that restores teachers to their rightful place in effective instruction. Bold School thinkers embrace Blended pedagogies and Old school wisdom. In Bold School, teachers are put back into the blended learning equation. Blended learning is demystified and distilled into the powerful, yet simple Bold School Framework for Strategic Blended Learning™—a methodology to help you meld purposeful technology use with your old school wisdom to enhance instruction and learning. After all, the goal of blended learning isn’t technology—it’s student achievement. With a Bold School mindset, every teacher is capable of finally delivering on the promise of blended learning.

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ISBN-13: 9781328016263
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 07/05/2017
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 67,879
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Weston Kieschnick is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader in Digital Leadership and Learning at the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Prior to this, he was a Dean of Education, Assistant Principal, Department Chair, and award-winning high school social studies teacher.
As an ICLE Senior Fellow, Weston guides districts through transforming learning cultures, empowering teachers, and cultivating innovative blended learning methodologies so that students can achieve at the highest levels while obtaining twenty-first competencies and skills. School districts where he provides leadership have been recognized among the top 10 in the nation for their work in blended learning.
Weston’s thought leadership around blended pedagogies has been published in Education Week, Ed-Tech Magazine, and The Learning Transformation: A Guide to Blended Learning for Administrators. He also created and hosts Teaching Keating, one of the fastest growing podcasts in education, where pop-culture and pedagogy collide.
Weston resides in Colorado with his wife, Molly, and his children, Everett and Charlotte.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jaime Casap xiii

Part 1 Introduction: Why Bold Matters

Chapter 1 Blended Learning That Works: How Bold Schools Do it 1

Chapter 2 A Framework for Bold School 27

Part 2 A Guide to Bold, Blended instructional Strategies

Chapter 3 Interactive Video Method 57

Chapter 4 Questioning / Socratic Method 57

Chapter 5 Vocabulary Programs 81

Chapter 6 Direct Instruction 93

Chapter 7 Peer Tutoring 105

Chapter 8 Concept Mapping 117

Chapter 9 Worked Examples 129

Chapter 10 Self-Assessment 141

Chapter 11 Reciprocal Teaching 153

Chapter 12 Problem Solving Teaching 167

Chapter 13 Spaced vs. Mass Practice 179

Afterword 189

Appendices 191

References 211


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