Teaching everywhere at once


As we scan news, blogs and other resources for timely articles and perspectives, we will re-post those that we think are worthy of sharing.

The term hybrid is used in several ways currently in education. Initially, it was meant to describe when a student would split time between in-school instruction and remote or online learning. But as reality set in, it now also means when a teacher must simultaneously teach to students in their classroom (live) and online (remote). This first-person account demonstrates the complexity and challenges of such a setup.

In Gahanna, Ohio during the time this article was published, the teachers' union chose to strike, among other things, claiming it was an inequity for students who were being taught at home while others were being taught in the classroom simultaneously.

Featured article:

From EdWeek, October 20, 2020

What it’s like to teach students in person and online simultaneously

The word of the year is ‘pivot’” our assistant middle school principal told us as we prepared to return to school this fall. At the time, I expected that meant being flexible in my lesson plans, being ready for day-to-day disruptions, and accepting challenges as they come. Turns out, it also means pivoting my head back and forth between my Google Meet screen and the students in my classroom.

 My school is offering in-person classes for the many parents and students who opt in. We keep these students in two groups, sending half in person Monday and Tuesday and the other half Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is an all-remote day for deep cleaning and community building for teachers and their advisories. We will soon pivot once again and offer more students the chance to come in person for four days instead of two. A handful of families have already elected to keep their children fully remote and will likely continue to do so. ... full article is linked here.

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