During the first half of the book Tucker discusses the benefits, research, and models of blended learning with concrete models from her classroom. The book is written from a very practical standpoint, so Tucker also includes rubrics, example lessons, and student guidelines from her own classroom. The second half of the book consists of a series of chapters for each of the four content areas (math, ELA, science, and social studies) describing strategies for using blended learning an online resources to meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards.
In the preface Tucker provides three reasons why a teacher might purchase her book
- It advocates for a teacher-designed blended learning model with concrete strategies, ready-to-use resources, and examples grounded in the Common Core State Standards.
- It shows teachers how they can use an online environment to give every student a voice, increase engagement, drive higher-order thinking, and make homework an interactive experience instead of solitary practice.
- Teachers will learn how to integrate technology into their existing curriculum in order to build community and create a student-centered classroom that challenges students to be active participants in the learning process.
If any of these sound good to you, feel free to pop by my office, send me an email, or post a comment below to check it out. I also have some digital resources related to the text developed for our VLA program.