Writing & Discourse Not Happening at Blended Schools
The Learning Collective has noticed that in these and other blended learning schools there are two areas that tend to get left behind: writing and discourse.
Long-form essay writing – with a thesis, supporting paragraphs and based on a rigorous rubric – is often replaced by multiple choice and very-short-answer questions. Extended academic discourse and debate in classrooms is also hard to find in many blended schools … Students may make short comments in online forums but in-person discussions are often stunted.
We at The Learning Collective are doing what we can to keep critical thinking alive and complex problem solving alive!