BPS BlendED Teacher Spotlight

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Our Bellevue Public Schools #ipadacademy teachers are a talented and innovative group of educators. We are grateful for their time, enthusiasm, and positivity as they transform their classrooms with blended learning strategies and personalize learning for their students. This series is a way to celebrate them and share their wisdom on blended learning. The resources, advice, and passion from these educators is something we need to capture and share. These trailblazers are helping to lead the way in creating a change in teaching and learning. This blog series will give you a chance to meet and learn from these inspirational educators! 

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Angelica Musil, Spanish-Bellevue East High School

Before I had technology I ….. and now as a 1:1 blended classroom I …….
”Before I had technology most of my instruction was teacher led. Now the learning is more student led and students can work on several of the activities at their own pace.”

What are you proud of in your blended learning classroom?
“The amount of technology I am implementing and how much I have grown as an educator.”

Learning workflows and favorite apps for your blended classroom
Schoology, Notability, GarageBand, Super Slide videos, online assessments

1:1 iPad Classroom/ Blended Learning Advice
“Just dive in. You don’t have to know everything to get started. Don’t be shy about contacting your tech trainer. They are great and are always willing to help.”

Connect with Angelica: Twitter: @artamusil


Sharae Geldes, 4th Grade Teacher-Two Springs Elementary
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Before I had technology I ….. and now as a 1:1 blended classroom I …….
“Before I had technology I was teaching the same lesson to all of my students with occasional differentiation and now as a 1:1 blended classroom I’m able to differentiate my lessons easily and give my students learning that fits their needs immediately.”

What are you proud of in your blended learning classroom?
“I love that my students are able to interact with their learning by creating, explaining and sharing what they’ve learned. My students don’t have a lot of “down time” because there is always something new for them to learn or create.”

Learning workflows and favorite apps for your blended classroom
I enjoy creating math lessons using Explain Everything or Nearpod. The students like showing evidence of their learning using PicCollage or Clips and sharing their work on SeeSaw.

1:1 iPad Classroom/ Blended Learning Advice
“Be flexible. Know that there will be days things won’t work the way you had planned but be willing to try again. Twitter is your friend!  There are so many ideas being shared on Twitter….use them!!  With that being said, tweet! This is something I struggle with because I’m usually so engaged with my students during a lesson and when it’s over, the first thought that comes to mind is dang! I didn’t get any pictures…that would have been a good thing to put on Twitter.  I’m still trying to be better at this!”

Connect with Sharae: Twitter: @SGeldes

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