Navigating Hybrid Teaching with Confidence

In This Edition:

Read about strategies that can make both students who are present in the room and those on Zoom have a more equitable experience and a greater chance to thrive despite their location —
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Hello, Vampires! 

There is no question that the last 30 days or so have put our flexibility and very best intentions to the test. The “toggle” effect is far from ideal and certainly tests our ability to deliver the best quality instruction to our students. 

Nonetheless, despite all of its significant shortcomings, a hybrid model of teaching and learning does hold a huge promise: for students with specific types of disabilities, for older students whose learning styles actually benefit from a blended approach, for parents still worried about safety or who have seen their kids blossom, etc. While experts believe this instructional style is here to stay, they also agree that it requires improvements.

This is where your Tech Bytes come in today. Our goal with the resources shared below is to highlight some strategies that can make both students who are present in the room and those on Zoom have a more equitable experience and a greater chance to thrive despite their location.
So, how can we embrace the benefits of a hybrid classroom and work to overcome its deficiencies? Here are some tips.

Continue to plan for online learning
According to this Edutopia article, the best strategy for teachers is “to continue planning for remote learning—because it’s the only way to be consistent, accessible, and nimble enough for the changing tides, while also leveraging all of the skills the students gained in the new self-directed world of learning.” It will undoubtedly add to your already-full plate, but also build in a sense of calm before the storm. This article from Common Sense Media also offers great pointers: How to Plan for Hybrid Teaching and Learning.

Enrich the hybrid experience with simple tech solutions
Depending on your subject or teaching style, you may benefit from additional devices to allow for a better audio-visual experience for the students attending class via Zoom. This video shows some simple solutions featuring our own Secondary teachers. 

(If you would like any help with potentially using some of the ideas from the video, please reach out – we are also offering some sessions – see Professional Learning below)

Boost remote and on-site engagement
We all know the key to successful learning is engagement. Here are some of the best tips from the folks at Owl Labs:
  • Provide students with 5-10 minutes of unstructured time at the beginning of class to socialize with one another and connect with you casually, so they are less likely to try to do so during lessons
  • Conduct group activities that allow on-site students to work together and remote students to work together, then mix it up by creating smaller hybrid groups
  • Engagement is about stimulation; to keep your students intellectually stimulated remember to include variation in your lesson plan
  • Treat all students equally by having them all participate in the same lessons, but keep in mind the limitations of remote students as to not alienate them
  • Be creative with your tech tools, use them to create interactive lessons that all students can participate in regardless of where they are located.
  • Meet students where they are. Are they obsessed with TikTok? Encourage them to be creative and make educational videos. 
Seek feedback from your class
Another class-engaging activity which will benefit you as a teacher is a feedback session for… yourself. That’s right, encourage students to give you feedback! Ask them to share what has worked well while they had to be physically away from school, so you can continue doing the good work while also addressing potential areas for improvement. Use a tool like Jamboard for live sessions, or Google Forms, for independent engagements.
Professional Development – HYBRID LEARNING – Additional Camera in Zoom

Trying to give the kids at home a little richer experience when Zooming in from the classroom?

Maybe a second device would help – iPad, iPod, mobile.

A second device adds another perspective for the kids at home – allowing them to see the students (via the additional camera) and the teacher via the Mac. A second device also allows teachers to be mobile and use the ipad/ipod/mobile device to function as a camera and audio source as they facilitate and move around the classroom.
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