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Teachers Support Blended Learning, Mixed on Common Core, Survey Says

Teachers Support Blended Learning, Mixed on Common Core, Survey Says

According to a recent survey, educators across the nation are using technology in the classroom, and support blended learning as a teaching method in their classrooms. 

The internal poll given to members of the Association of American Educators found that "more than nine out of 10 teachers in America report using technology in the classroom," according to an article on THEJournal.com. "Two-third said they support the idea of a blended classroom, where students spend part of the school day working with a teacher and part working on a computer. A similar number of teachers said they like the idea of requiring students to take at least one online course before they graduate."

"The Common Core isn't a big favorite among the country's educators," the article said. "Slightly more than half said they have an 'unfavorable' opinion about the learning standards. Only three out of 10 teachers said they believe the standards will improve the quality of education in their communities or state; 36 percent said they believe they'll have no impact; and 34 percent said they believe they'll have an 'adverse effect.'"

According to the article, "teacher training is an area of importance to the respondents." Spokeswoman Alexandra Freeze said that "slightly more than a thousand teachers from all 50 states" participated in the survey.

"Thirty-seven percent of them said they didn't feel prepared to teach after graduating from college," the article said. "Two thirds said they agreed with the idea of developing 'alternative certifications' to allow professionals with science, technology, engineering or math degrees to teach in the classroom. And 76 percent said they agree with recent baseline recommendations from the National Council on Teacher Quality that advised requiring an admission grade point average of 3.0 or higher and requiring candidates to pass subject-matter tests as a requirement for gaining admission into teacher programs."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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