Hybrid mode of education- Are we up for it?
We thought that teaching virtually to our students was hard enough when COVID-19 first appeared. But now, the stakes have been raised as many educators are asked to teach both virtually and with students in the classroom at the same time. This new hybrid model of learning has to be the most difficult way to teach there is.
Hybrid learning combines face-to-face and online teaching into one cohesive experience. Approximately half of the class sessions are on-campus, while the other half have students working online. Although that may sound like a cut-and-dry formula, a lot of planning is needed to ensure that hybrid works well, allowing its two formats to capitalize on each other’s strengths. Do our educators trained enough to conduct this mode of teaching, do our children up for this mode of learning, are we all equipped enough?
For the teacher, providing learning experiences in a hybrid classroom often means planning two sets of lessons for each class period. There is also more of a need to be able to check-in with students, especially those learning virtually, throughout the day to help with questions and make sure their work is on target. In addition, building community in the mixed class takes more time and work as you endeavor to make sure all students are connected and engaged.
For the students, changing their mode of education frequently will ultimately going to create chaos and instability in their learning process and thereby reducing their efficiency. Shuffling between two modes (online and offline) of learning is going to take time for children to get adaptive of it.
For the administrators, helping the teachers and students in adapting the hybrid of learning is a lot harder task. They will need a lot of patience, perseverance and understanding. Embracing the chaos that may occur and support the dedication and hours of work that our educators will put in to make learning happen for all students and making students adaptive to this new mode of learning will a great task to handle by them.
We need to gear up ourselves for this change and help our educators and students getting most out of it!
How are you managing hybrid teaching? Tell me about what works and what hasn’t worked in your classroom. Please share in the comments below.