Hybrid learning is an instructional strategy that combines new digital resources with proven teaching methods to increase student engagement and improve academic performance. It embeds the systematic use of blended techniques, delivery of lessons in small groups, data to differentiate instruction, individually paced learning and application of multiple educational methodologies. Use of this rotational model ensures that instruction is student-centered. By combining new technology tools with proven teaching methods, the teacher becomes a mentor, guide and support person. In a hybrid learning classroom, instruction is targeted based on individual or small group needs as identified through data-informed reviews. The learning environment remains flexible and responsive as students pace their learning based on content mastery. When given this opportunity to succeed, students will grow and achieve.
There are three main challenges we face when implementing these innovative program. One is cost: textbooks are static, one-time buys, whereas with digital content, licenses are yearly expenditures. But if you want robust assessments and data, you have to pay. Another cost component is devices – laptops get broken at times.
The second challenge is getting teachers, especially more experienced teachers, on board. We've had some teachers who couldn't handle the pace of change and decided to retire.
Third, this new blended program is a challenge in time management. Teachers need more time to continue to look at resources, but we understand that this is just reallocating time that would otherwise be spent grading papers and tests.
I would recommend taking time to ensure advanced planning and preparation in advance of your launch. Also, continue to survey implementers and monitor the implementation to ensure adjustments are made to meet the needs of your users.
The district and school leadership have been an integral part of the implementation of our hybrid learning by providing teachers professional learning time, on-site coaching, collaborative planning time and input regarding the purchases of resources.
The Gettysburg Area Middle School, recognizing the uniqueness of the middle level student and working in partnership with the family and community, provides an educational environment in which each student is encouraged and expected to achieve his/her full potential as an emerging responsible citizen.
Gettysburg Area Middle School
17325 United States
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