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New learning models put one-teacher classroom on endangered list

May 29, 2018

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Personalized and blended instruction models are difficult to make work in the typical one-teacher classroom, per an analysis by Public Impact and the Clayton Christensen Institute, EdSurge reports.
Key elements of a successful new staffing model include differentiated roles for educators, intensive collaboration on small teaching teams, and a culture of intensive coaching.

Challenges to implementing a different educator model include the logistics of classes with many moving parts and teacher compensation commensurate with more responsibility, but schools must — and some already have — find workarounds to roadblocks. A co-author of the report insists that the most creative efforts to build a 21st-century school can only get so far without rethinking teacher roles.

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