Blended classes are a mixture of traditional classes (5 days/week in class) and some work that can be done out of class – such as watching videos, gathering data for experiments, and online learning opportunities. Blended learning is a combination of best practices of both face-to-face instruction and online instruction techniques. Because blended learning offers some flexibility in the schedule, this will allow for optimized times and places to learn.
Essentially, blended learning breaks down the time constraints of the traditional school day. This flexibility in the school day enables differentiation to meet the instructional needs of each student. In addition, blended courses can allow students more flexibility and control over when and where they choose to learn and complete their assignments. Not only does this shift more of an onus on the student, it also helps to prepare students for college and time management skills they will need for the rest of their lives.
How does blended learning work?
At SHS, blended classes typically meet face-to-face as a whole class three days a week. On the remaining days, students are responsible for online work and have the class period to use as they wish. Teachers will meet with students regularly to discuss goals, learning targets and student progress. In order to have hybrid privileges (non-traditional), a student must earn a grade of at least 70% or higher (as determined by each blended teacher). For example:
- A student who has mastered course content might complete the required work online without having to sit through class periods covering content he or she has already mastered.
- A student who requires additional instruction can get it by visiting the teacher when the class does not meet as a whole to receive one-on-one or small group instruction.
- If not required to attend class, a student could use the period to meet in small groups, complete work for another class, go off-campus or to rest. He or she can then complete coursework at a time that better suits his or her schedule/learning style.
Is Blended Learning for me?
Students should already possess these skills or be willing to work on these skills to be successful in a blended class.
- 1. Be able to communicate through writing.
- 2. Be Self-Motivated and Self-Disciplined.
- 3. Be willing to self-advocate if problems arise.
- 4. Be willing to stay current with your online learning.
- 5. Accept critical thinking and decision making as part of the process. Be able to think through ideas before responding.
- 6. Have access to the Internet/Computer when not at school.
2021-2022 Course Offerings
The purpose of this course is to help students improve their public speaking abilities. Throughout the course, students will practice and develop various academic and real world presentations while relating them to the agriculture industry and the FFA. Students in this course will gain their speech requirement for graduation while being in an Agriculture environment that they are comfortable with.
Semesters: 1 (this course has a blended option)
Prerequisites: Hands on Skills, Introduction to Horticulture, or BSAA
Students will be learning the basics of welding techniques and metal fabrication such as MIG, TIG, and STICK welding and Plasma cutting, Oxy-Fuel, and CNC cutting techniques.
This mechanics portion of the course will provide students with hands-on activities in arc welding, oxy-acetylene welding, MIG welding, and small gasoline engines.
Students will participate in a real-world experience during this 18-week course.
This course will develop students’ understanding of the agricultural industry relating to the United States and World marketplace.
Advanced 3D Studio is designed for the student who is serious about art and is considering post-high school study or a career in art.
3D studio students will lead exploration through intermediate concepts and processes of 3D art production through various media such as paper, wheel thrown pottery, clay, wood, wire, and plaster.
This course is designed to teach students the concepts, skills, methods, and processes necessary to explore watercolor, acrylic, and oil painting.
This course is very similar to 2D Studio I and II; however, it is geared towards students that are considering AP Studio.
Advanced 2D Studio is designed for the student who is serious about art and is considering post-high school study or a career in art.
2D Studio further develops the skills of drawing and painting using various techniques in a variety of media.
Advanced Digital Art Studio is designed for the student who is serious about digital art, graphic design, and/or digital photography and/or is considering a career in one of these fields.
Digital Art Studio II continues with the basics of art and technology through the elements of art and principles of design.
Digital Art Studio I introduces students to the basics of art and technology through the elements of art and principles of design.
This beginning drawing course provides the art student with the opportunity to build and enhance their drawing skills through the use of pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil and a variety of other media.
This course provides an introduction to social media marketing. It is built around a proven social media planning model that will provide students with an immersive learning experience.
This course is designed to expose students to the dynamic functions of the modern business world.
This course is designed to engage students in careful reading and critical analysis of literary works written originally in English from a variety of cultures and eras.
This course is designed to engage students in developing two critical skills: 1) becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts by a variety of authors from a variety of eras; 2) becoming skilled writers who are capable of composing for a variety of audiences and purposes.
The purpose of this course is to help students improve their public speaking abilities. Throughout the course, students will practice and develop various academic and real-world presentations while using technology to support these presentations.
Dual College Senior English counts for both Sycamore High School and Kishwaukee College credit. While staying on SHS’s campus, students will take Kishwaukee College’s English 103 first semester and English 104 second semester of their senior year.
This course is designed for students who plan to pursue further education after high school and fulfill college entrance requirements.
Algebra II is a continuation of the Algebra course and extends those topics to include additional theory relating to the real number system. It formalizes the study of Algebra by expanding problem solving techniques.
This course will introduce students to the study of statistics through the context of sports. Topics covered will include exploratory data analysis, hypothesis testing, experimental design, and probability.
Chamber Choir is an advanced level mixed choir selected through vocal and written auditions. Students must have advanced vocal skills and mature musical understanding.
This laboratory based course centers on the understanding of the structure, function, and interaction of living organisms.
This course is primarily designed to give students a solid foundation in physics which could be applied to their lives or prepare students for further studies in college.
Chemistry is a course that helps the student further develop fundamental laboratory techniques, chemistry concepts, and key terminology.
This course will serve as an overview of the major fields within psychology with an emphasis on developing an understanding of psychology as the science of human thought and behavior.
This one semester elective class is designed as an introduction to microeconomics and macroeconomics.
US History is the study of the development of social, economic, and political institutions in the United States and includes the relationship of this country to other parts of the world during the 20th century.
This one semester class is designed to give the student a general overview of the American system of government.
This course builds upon the mastery of foundational structures and vocabulary from Spanish I through III. Students will comprehend the language through reading and listening activities as well as produce the language by speaking and writing.
This course builds upon the mastery of foundational structures and vocabulary from Spanish I and II. Students will comprehend the language through reading and listening activities as well as produce the language by speaking and writing.