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.
Tag: distance learning high school
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 [...]
WHY OCTOBER IS THE LONGEST MONTH OF THE YEAR
During my first year teaching, I thought that October was rough because I was still going through the growing pains of being a brand new teacher. But then my mom told me that October is always the roughest month for my dad, a newly-retired teacher of 30 years. That first year, I didn't fully understand [...]
Google Forms Must-Do’s
Google Forms have worked well for my distance learning classes. I used them almost daily in my Algebra 1 and Physics classes in the spring and now I use them daily for every class, for my warm-up at least.
Reflecting on the 2019-2020 School Year
I've been on summer break for a few weeks now, so I've decompressed enough to start unpacking exactly what happened this spring! Needless to say, THIS. YEAR. WAS. CRAZY. While I was in the thick of remote teaching, I honestly felt a lot like I did my first year teaching...
Virtual Teacher Interview: high school computer science, Maryland
When I first got to college, I'll admit I was nervous, just like most students are! I was 3,000 miles away from home and I didn't know a single person who went there or had gone there before. My closest relative was a 5-hour drive away. Mom and Dad helped me unpack and set up [...]
Virtual Teacher Interview: high school ELA, the Bronx
I've been SO curious to hear how other teacher's experiences were with these first few months of distance learning. My former coworker, David DeWitt from the Bronx (once a Bronx Compass teacher, always a Bronx Compass teacher!), gladly shared his experiences teaching high school ELA at the DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. (I love that Mr. DeWitt works at DeWitt Clinton!!)
How Distance Learning Will Impact Teach for America’s Summer Trainings
With quarantine halting all travel and vacation plans for this summer, I've gone through a highly accelerated period of decompression and am already onto brainstorming for the next school year. My brainstorm usually starts with reflecting on the past year, which inevitably makes me think about my first year of teaching, which got me thinking about my Teach for America training during the summer before that first year.
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, [...]