Districts around the globe are talking about having a hybrid model when returning to school. In a hybrid model, students attend school 1 - 3 days a week. In some districts, they'll have a remote teacher and a face-to-face teacher who will teach them at a six-feet-apart distance and students will be six feet apart from each other.
How will this work?
First let's take a moment to review.
Lessons learned from remote teaching
Remote teaching taught us a many things. Here are two:
- Have a drop date each week: This is the date that you drop your lessons in advance so students understand the expectations of their upcoming work for the week.
- You don't need to teach live: You can use videos of yourself teaching or you can have a video from a renknowned expert teaching or you can have a video of a student teaching. This is what they do in the successful flipped classroom model.
So the question becomes this. If you have a flipped or in flipped classroom (where you can watch the lesson at school) what does the remote and in-person teacher do?
Consider the medium
First, it is useful to consider the benefits of each medium:
- In person at a physical distance
- There are not many robust art, music, makerspaces, or science labs.
- If there are, much of it is funded from the teachers pocket.
- This works because students share. It would be cost-prohibitive otherwise.
- You are very lucky if you have these things running well in your school.
- These subjects usually are not prioritized