Our blended classroom practices are taking hold....students have developed some amazing independent work habits that have shown some great results in their data (data is a key aspect of our focus this year). They are able to move seamlessly between independent work and team work. Students will switch from technology based research to a science lab then to testing & traditional practices, showing mastery in all areas and needing no redirection. We are always moving from teacher presentation to students taking the lead and presenting, then back again. AND we are having a pretty good time, enjoying the classroom freedoms and respecting the roadmap we've been given.
So my next true focus before wrapping up the first semester.....make ItsLearning become an everyday part of each students' science experience. Its happening now, but we aren't there yet - the journey has been a little slower than I anticipated, with a lot of stops along the way, but we will get there.