Should I change classes?

How can hybrid teaching work?

What does it actually mean Alternating or hybrid courses to organize? One thing is clear: all forms of teaching that deviate from traditional face-to-face teaching require more work from the teachers, regardless of whether the classes are divided or the classes alternate between attending school. In any case, the timetables have to be adjusted, which should be done relatively quickly.

Then - with the divided classes - the groups have to be put together. But according to which criteria? Teachers know which students had problems with distance learning in the spring or which students are on the brink. So you can make sure that these students prefer to attend face-to-face classes or that a place to study is made available to them in school if learning at home is not possible.

One is also important functioning information systemso that all students are informed in good time about when face-to-face classes are the best for them and when they are learning online.

Hybrid teaching is only frontal? Sure, the simplest form is actually frontal teaching. One group is in class in the school and the second group is connected online. In this way, all students can follow the lesson, which is usually organized from the front. It is technically feasible for the online students to actively participate in the lessons, so they can report and be called up by the teacher.

But other forms of teaching are also possible and can be accepted divided classes to organize. Are there clear structures very important. For example, the lesson can begin together with a morning session in which all students - present and virtual - take part. The classroom students and online students can then join forces in working groups. However, this only works if the students at home are technically equipped so that they can organize their work groups in video conferences. At the end of the lesson or at the end of the lesson, the groups then present the work results. In addition, it should be clearly defined for everyone when certain learning outcomes have to be submitted.

However, what can severely limit all of this are technical problems and the very different family situations. So if virtual lessons are not easily possible, you can Alternating lessons also analogue occur. Here's how: The first group receives materials at school, for example in the form of worksheets. They are then processed at home - if necessary even without a PC. The same procedure is then followed for the second working group. In this way, all students have the opportunity to work on the subject matter. And some pupils, who otherwise tend to remain silent, even dare to do more in the smaller study groups and take part more actively in the lessons. For the teachers, however, this model means that they have to hold the same lesson twice.

Classes can alternately stay at home. If the school agrees on such a model, classrooms will become free and the classrooms will be divided into different rooms. There they can then learn in working groups, for example. This enables the teachers to switch back and forth between the individual groups.

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The school laws offer the possibility of classwork and tests to a certain extent other performance assessments to replace. This can now be used. For example, by students Presentations write or presentations make. This prevents students - and their teachers - from being overwhelmed with tests after the lockdown.

Speaking of overflowing: After the first lockdown, there was great concern about possible educational gaps that might have arisen. A concern that is certainly justified. But more lessons in the main subjects alone - as is sometimes required - does not do the pupils justice. Finally, it should not be forgotten that school is more than a place for imparting knowledge. Especially after children have been on their own for a long time, they have had few social contacts, worries and fears dominate their lives, and they may even have lost people close to them shared experiences and experiences such as school trips, theater groups or project weeks very important. If school life is as normal as it was before the pandemic - with learning, grades and exams as well as with projects, school parties, theater performances or class trips, then possible knowledge gaps will also be filled.

With our guides and material distributors for the textbooks, we would like to make lesson planning easier for you in the current situation. Take advantage of the new opportunities and manage the balancing act between face-to-face and distance learning.
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