Hybrid teaching requires you to be two teachers at once: one for your in-person students and one for your Zoom students. After three days of hybrid teaching, I've learned a few tricks and am still looking for advice with this balancing act.
HYBRID TEACHING: DAY 1
When quarantine started over a year ago, I naïvely thought we'd be teaching remotely for two weeks. Little did I know distance learning would continue over a year and that we'd have an intermediate stage to distance vs. in-person teaching: the "hybrid" teaching scenario. Today was day one back at school for me. It was [...]
DISTANCE LEARNING 2020-2021: WEEK 1 THOUGHTS
Week 1 done! This week my school just did 1/2 days with students Wednesday through Friday. We did some whole-school meetings, as well as short individual classes. I've been thinking so much about school all throughout summer, it's funny too realize all the things I forgot about until actually starting again!
COVID-19: End of ’19-’20 School Year Thoughts
Our school year is over. I've taught via Zoom for 12 weeks. That's 55 days, for a total of 241.5 hours, which is 14,490 minutes. I wanted to summarize my thoughts from these past 12 weeks and my hopes for the future.
COVID-19: What Other Schools Are Doing
Being a teacher is in my blood: most of my grandparents were teachers, some of my extended family taught, and my dad is currently finishing up his 30th year of teaching. My dad teaches middle school social studies in a public school in upstate New York. He's seen a thing or two in his day, [...]
COVID-19: Why Distance Learning IS Working for My School
Week 3, here we are. I can't lie, remote teaching is TOUGH. The days feel weirdly longer and shorter than usual. I honestly feel like a first year teacher all over again. So much is different than regular classroom teaching. With that said, after talking with my dad this weekend, who's also a teacher (7th grade Social Studies as opposed to my high school Math/Science), I realized my school was set up really well to succeed with distance learning.
COVID-19: My Tips for Transforming Materials into Google Forms
I'll admit, as a teacher I use a LOT of paper. I'd say I average about 5 sheets of paper per student per class. I agree it's good for humanity to "go green," but when it comes to effectively learning math I strongly believe that students need to write things down, and try new methods, and erase things, and keep detailed written notes. Now with COVID-19 and remote teaching, I've been forced to go digital.
COVID-19: Giving Math Feedback on Google Forms Submissions
Now that my first week of distance learning is done, I feel pretty good about most of my class structures. The one thing I couldn't solve was how to give feedback to students on their written/diagrammatic work. But just today I explored a solution I think will work: the comment feature on Google Forms.
COVID-19: Is Remote Teaching Easier or Harder than Regular Teaching?
After day three of remote teaching, I've decided it is neither easier nor harder than regular teaching. It's certainly incredibly different than regular classroom teaching, but for each thing that is easier, there's another aspect which is more difficult.
COVID-19: Zoom Tips
EVERYONE is using Zoom now. It works well for all types of meetings, but there are some features of Zoom which are especially useful for teachers and students.