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Teacher-to-Teacher: Ways to Make Hybrid Learning Easier

Updated: May 26, 2023

If you’re a teacher and haven’t read Education Week’s 5 part series by teachers this year, it is great. The author addresses readers' and teachers' feedback about teaching in a hybrid world. There are several parts, but the one that resonated with me was the tips in Part 5: It is Like Teaching Two Classes at Once. This part focuses on some ways to make hybrid teaching easier.

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This article's main theme is not putting too much pressure on yourself to be perfect. You can also rely on outside resources to make teaching easier – play a video at the outset of class and use games. There are a lot of great video resources out there. You can do a virtual field trip or a Go Noodle video for younger kids. Hybrid learning can incorporate games; there is Cahoots, as well as creating an online Jeopardy or check out this list of games for teachers. Also, don’t overuse the Zoom resources – you can use breakout rooms sparingly and not force the camera time. This can alienate your students and put extra stress on you. If your students are engaged and answering questions, that is a win. If you are a teacher and haven’t already checked it out, take a few minutes – it is worth the read.

In the ever-evolving landscape of education, hybrid learning has become a reality for many teachers worldwide. Navigating this new terrain can be challenging, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. By embracing a few strategies and resources, teachers can make the transition to hybrid learning easier and more successful.

One of the key takeaways from Education Week's 5 part series on hybrid teaching is the importance of not putting too much pressure on yourself to be perfect. Remember, you are adapting to a new mode of instruction, and it's okay to make adjustments along the way. Embrace the learning process and be open to trying different approaches that suit your teaching style and your student's needs.

Another valuable tip highlighted in the series is using outside resources to enhance teaching. Incorporating videos, virtual field trips, and interactive games can bring a fresh and engaging element to your lessons. Whether it's a captivating video at the start of class or an online game reinforcing learning, these resources can help keep students motivated and actively involved in the hybrid learning experience.

However, it's crucial not to rely too heavily on Zoom or other video conferencing platforms. While breakout rooms and camera time can have benefits, overusing them can lead to student disengagement and stress for both you and your students. Find a balance allowing meaningful interaction while respecting individual learning styles and preferences.

Ultimately, hybrid teaching aims to create an environment where students are engaged and actively participating in their education. Consider it a win if your students are responding to your instruction, asking questions, and showcasing their understanding. Remember that every step forward, no matter how small, is a step towards successful hybrid learning.



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