Teachers are incredibly resourceful and multi-talented. But, when it comes to balancing: a hybrid, an In-person, a remote classroom, or a conglomeration of all three, it gets wobbly for all.
Here are a few tips, tricks, and strategies to keep you from teetering off the teaching high-wire.
Balancing In-person and Remote Learning Strategies
Differentiating engagement opportunities is a priority, especially for students online. Teachers can bring a lesson to life for all students with just a few implementations.
One advantage students have who learn remotely, is they often don’t need to wear a mask. Plan ahead and ask one of them if they would like to be the discussion leader. Give them the topic and questions ahead in case they are interested in looking into the content. Project the discussion leader on the “big screen.”. This gives the remote students a voice and an audience.
Ask a remote learner to be a Search Expert. They can research the topic or questions asked in class and drop the information or link into the chat, or a JamBoard etc.
Have a student summarize the lesson using a few sentences, a meme or a phrase. The next day, start the lesson with the student's summary from the day before.
Designate a chat monitor in-person. The student chat monitor can answer questions in the chat and can raise their hand in class to ask a question out-loud on behalf of a remote learner.
Provide Break-out rooms by differentiating group assignments to meet student needs. Change it up and once in a while; give the online learners a different objective than the in-person learners. Make sure both are aware of each others' outcomes and the groups' outcomes are both valued and shared.
Seek for Cross-Collaboration with online and in-person students by requiring students to comment and question on each other’s contributions.
Up the engagement by providing interactive opportunities such as: Polls, Kahoot, PearDeck, Wordle, Word Cloud etc. Both online and in-person students can interact and learn collaboratively.
We know through research that teachers who augment engaging lessons and ignite communication give their students a better chance to grow and improve. Investing time to blend and build meaningful online and in-person learning balances out and levels the playing field for increased achievement for all students.
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