Academics

Blended Learning @ Indian Creek (BLinc)

Our BLinc Catalog has been expanded for Summer 2020!

2020 Summer Term BLinc Course Offerings

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  • Ramp Up to First Grade! (Rising 1st graders)

    Rising First Graders
    June 22 - July 17
    Foundational Course
    $800

    Calling All Incoming 1st Graders!

    Do you want to make sure your child is prepared for their upcoming school year?

    Would you like your child to receive personalized and differentiated instruction that challenges your student at their level?

    Then look no further - The Ramp Up to First Grade summer term course at Indian Creek School will include that and more!

    We will focus on personalized virtual reading groups, phonics, and word-analysis skills that help your child decode words, as well as hands on math lessons with virtual instruction and discussions that focus on number sense and basic math skills.

    This class, taught by Indian Creek first grade teacher Sarah Harris, is appropriate for students entering first grade at Indian Creek as well as students headed to first grade at other schools. The skills, character traits, and experiences that this class will provide are universal.

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  • Math and Reading Skills & Strategies (Grades 2-4)

    Grades 2-4
    June 22 - July 17
    Foundational Course
    $800

    Math and Reading Skills & Strategies is a four-week, Foundational course that will provide your student a well-rounded experience.

    Two weeks, led by ICS teacher Megan Silk, will be devoted to reinforcing and building key math skills. During this time, the class will hold virtual meetings for both group and individual instruction.

    Students will also have two weeks of instruction focused on comprehension skills and strategies when reading fiction and nonfiction texts. Led by Lower School Learning Specialist Beth Fromherz, they will participate in a daily comprehension "mini-lesson," as well as weekly guided reading groups featuring personalized texts.

    This course is designed for rising second through fourth grade students of ALL abilities, with plenty of opportunities for differentiation. Avoid the dreaded “summer slump” - and have fun with us sharpening your academic skills!

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  • Mini Movie Makers (Grades 2-4)

    Grades 2-4
    July 6 - August 1
    Enrichment Course
    $325

    Do you have a young director in your home eager to tell their story? ICS Mini Movie Makers challenges students to explore the art of writing, recording, and editing their own short films using tools found at home.
     
    Your mini-movie makers will experience regular online meetings to encourage and guide them in their movie maker process. Additionally, they will receive weekly teacher-made lessons and high-valued activities. These activities will involve students being both on and off screens to ensure they are active and engaged.

    Course creator (and ICS faculty member) Josh Sprague will engage students with exciting movie-themed activities while also ensuring all participants learn to use the technology involved in the course. Throughout the course, he will guide the students through writing, recording, and editing their own movie. Don't miss this incredible opportunity for your filmmaker to learn invaluable skills in a fun and engaging setting!

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  • Math: Real-World Applications

    Grades 5-8 
    June 22 - July 17
    Foundational Course
    $800

    Problem Solving: Real-World Applications
     
    Did you know that everything we do revolves around mathematical thinking? Have you ever thought, “Why do I need to learn this?” Do you like working with numbers or wish you felt more comfortable in math?

    Come explore with Indian Creek Mathematics Teacher Mrs. Stacy Kornmeyer as she shows how the math you are learning applies to the world around you. During this four-week course, students will work with patterns, operations, ratios, expressions, equations, and problem-solving strategies. Students will be given a choice of a fun project to apply their mathematical thinking to an authentic real-world scenario to see numbers in action! Mrs. Kornmeyer will meet with the entire class and in small groups to ensure every student’s journey strengthens and reinforces skills needed to be ready for next school year.

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  • Exploring Egypt

    Grades 5-8
    July 6 - August 1

    Enrichment Course 
    $325

    Uncover ancient mysteries as you read The Kane Chronicles, Rick Riordan's young adult series.  Follow the adventures of the story’s magical siblings as they defend the modern world from waking Egyptian gods and goddesses.  Each book in this three-part series will provide a new focal point to guide students to a deeper understanding of Ancient Egyptian culture, mythology, and history. 

    Created and taught by ICS’s own faculty member Tina Alexander, this course will count as the ICS summer reading requirement for rising fifth and sixth grade students.  It will count as three of the four required summer novels for rising seventh and eighth grade students.

    Exploring Egypt will have a face-to-face or synchronous meeting during the first week that will be scheduled based on social distancing guidelines and participants’ preferences.

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  • On Broadway! The History of Broadway Through Performance (Grades 7-12)

    Grades 7-12
    July 6-31
    Enrichment Course
    $325

    Do you love Broadway shows and singing? In this class, we will learn the history of theater and the great Broadway traditions through song.

    Each week we will discover the history and structure of theater while concentrating on different eras of Broadway music.  We will learn about shows of the times, styles of performance and the great composers and performers. We will do this while learning songs you will sing in our live masterclasses during the week. We will have fun performing for each other, and students will receive acting and singing coaching on their Broadway song performances.
     
    The class will include:
    • Study of the history of theater from Greek theater to present
    • Exploration of four of the major eras of Broadway theater
    • Learn one excerpt of a song from the chosen Broadway era of the week
    • Masterclasses on Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Acting and vocal coaching
    • Recital on the last day for parents and friends
    Note:  Due to the masterclass focus of this course, synchronous meetings will be required.

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  • Geometry

    Grades 9-12
    June 22 - July 31
    Acceleration Course: Students will earn 1 course credit upon successful completion of this class.
    $1800

    Summer Geometry is an intensive six-week course in which students will learn about many foundational ideas in mathematics, foremost among them being how to construct proofs of mathematical statements.

    Using careful, well-reasoned arguments in proofs allows students to formalize their previous experiences with geometry and understand rigorous mathematical reasoning. Making connections between algebra and geometry is an important thread that runs throughout the course. Students learn about congruence, similarity, and symmetry from the perspective of transformations of plane figures. Right triangles, trigonometry, and circles are studied and the connections between them are explored. Students will be able to express geometric properties with equations, understand geometric measurement and dimension, and create models using geometry.

    Whether you are looking to gain high school credit for this course or bolster your existing mastery of the subject, this course will leave you competent and confident in Geometry.

    Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1

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  • FULL - Marine Biology

    This course has enrolled to maximum capacity. Please contact BLinc@indiancreekschool.org to join the waitlist.

    Grades 9-11
    July 6 - August 1

    Enrichment Course
    $325

    From brilliant coral reefs to the deep abyssal seas or from local estuaries to the open ocean, each of these locales is home to a wonderous array of marine life.

    Come travel through marine environments to learn how they work and what lurks within the waters. Indian Creek School’s STEM Director, Stephen Roth, will serve as your instructor and personal guide to these underwater locales. Students will explore the various flora (plant life) and fauna (animal life) of aquatic ecosystems, how they are uniquely adapted to their homes, and debate the pros and cons of human influences on watery worlds.

  • FULL - Writing Your College Essay (Grades 11 - 12)

    This course has enrolled to maximum capacity. Please contact BLinc@indiancreekschool.org to join the waitlist.

    Grades 9-12
    July 6 - August 1
    Enrichment Course
    $325

    Writing about yourself can be challenging, especially when it is the only opportunity for an admissions officer to get to know the real you. This course helps students compose their college admission essay and provides them with a springboard to get ahead of the very busy, and sometimes stressful, college application process. Each week, you will cultivate the tools necessary to develop and finish an essay ready to wow any college.

    Indian Creek Humanities faculty member Becca Derry will provide guidance and regular communication throughout the four weeks, from pre-writing in week one, to drafting in week two, to giving and receiving feedback in week three, to revising in week four. Through this course, students will be guided to consider the purpose (what they hope to convey about themselves), the structure (writing tools and techniques), and common pitfalls of their essays.

    One-on-one video conferencing through Microsoft Teams will take place throughout the course.
  • On Broadway! The History of Broadway Through Performance (Grades 7-12)

    Grades 7-12
    July 6-31
    Enrichment Course
    $325

    Do you love Broadway shows and singing? In this class, we will learn the history of theater and the great Broadway traditions through song. 

    Each week we will discover the history and structure of theater while concentrating on different eras of Broadway music.  We will learn about shows of the times, styles of performance and the great composers and performers. We will do this while learning songs you will sing in our live masterclasses during the week. We will have fun performing for each other, and students will receive acting and singing coaching on their Broadway song performances.
     
    The class will include:
    • Study of the history of theater from Greek theater to present
    • Exploration of four of the major eras of Broadway theater
    • Learn one excerpt of a song from the chosen Broadway era of the week
    • Masterclasses on Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Acting and vocal coaching
    • Recital on the last day for parents and friends
    Note:  Due to the masterclass focus of this course, synchronous meetings will be required.

Learn More about Blended Learning @ Indian Creek School!

Blended Learning by the Numbers

  • Enrollment in online, K-12 schools in the United States has increased at a rate of 6% per year from 2009-2019, with 31 states allowing entirely online schools that meet the needs of roughly 310,000 students.(1)
  • 73% of survey participants felt that online learning enabled more flexibility than traditional models and the freedom to learn anywhere at anytime.  Additionally 81% felt it provided a personalized learning environment unmatched in traditional brick and mortar systems (2)
  • A 2019 experimental study of 112 ninth graders found a statistically significant improvement in science test scores for those students who received the material in a blended learning environment. (3)

(1) Snapshot 2019 is the first annual report of the Digital Learning Collaborative. 

(2) Ma, Jieming, et al. “Enhancing Students’ Blended Learning Experience through Embedding Metaliteracy.” Education Research International, vol. 2019, 2019, pp. 1–8., 

(3) Alsalhi, Najeh Rajeh et al. “The effect of blended learning on the achievement of ninth grade students in science and their attitudes towards its use.” Heliyon vol. 5,9 e02424. 11 Sep. 2019, doi:10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e02424 
Blended Learning @ Indian Creek (BLinc) expands and enhances the School’s curriculum through courses offered in face-to-face meetings with the instructor and online formats. BLinc classes are innovative, engaging, and challenging. Rigorous courses are designed by accomplished, enthusiastic, and responsive teachers for students who excel and seek additional opportunities for intellectual growth. BLinc promotes student engagement and fosters collaborative learning in an online atmosphere, preparing students for global citizenship in the 21st century.

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • What is a BLinc?

    BLinc is a blending learning course offered by Indian Creek faculty as an enrichment experience or as a course for credit. Although each course will be unique, all will be delivered as blended classes.
  • What’s a blended class?

    Blended courses (also known as hybrid or mixed-mode courses) are classes where a portion of the face-to-face instruction is replaced with web-based online learning.
  • How much of the face-to-face instruction will be replaced by online coursework?

    This answer will vary greatly by class, discipline, and learning objectives. For a BLinc the majority of the content delivery will be web-based. Instructors will be active and accessible, posting discussions, writing and discussing prompts. Youtube videos, virtual labs, lectures, and more will be part of the courses. Some courses may require occasional face-to-face meetings or a field-trip component. Please see course descriptions and syllabi for specific requirements.
  • When are BLincs offered?

    BLinc courses run across three seasons: Fall, Winter, and Summer. Our Summer season runs in three periods (June 19th - July 16th; July 3rd - July 30th; July 17th - August 13th). Fall and Winter BLincs for Lower School students will meet each Wednesday during afterschool (3:15 - 4:15) and Middle School students will meet as needed during free periods such as study halls.
  • How will the content be delivered?

    All online content will be delivered through Indian Creek School’s learning management system, Haiku. Each course will have other specific requirements.

Why take a BLinc?

After taking a BLinc course at ICS, students...

  • Turned their work in on time 13% more often
  • Worked until understanding a topic they initially did not understand 18% more often
  • Reacted well to comments from the teacher 32% more often
  • Enjoyed group work 33% more often
  • Offered their opinion in class 27% more often

Listen to CITE Award Winner and Indian Creek BLinc Instructor Sarah Allen ‘01 speak about BLinc the program on Education Talk Radio

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For general questions about BLincs or blended learning please contact BLinc@indiancreekschool.org.