Needs a nap
Ah. I didn't really lecture much over zoom and I don't plan to this time, either. I don't know quite what to do on zoom if I have kids required to be there. Maybe do examples? But yeah, they super don't participate very well. What I did last time and what I plan to continue if we go full virtual is create lecture videos with examples for the kids to watch by themselves. This year I've also learned that there are web platforms that let you see who has watched and insert questions for them as they watch the video, so I will probably do that to make sure they are watching.So maybe it won't work that way for you. In my classes, independent work is reading and writing and I don't have students do a lot of either in class. Either I lecture or they do group work of some kind or there's a mix of both. But IME so far, the students get less out of a lecture on Zoom than they do out of a lecture in person, which I attribute to the fact that Zoom is rather deadly for participation, so I have to add more to my online material to review what I cover in lecture in addition to the material I already had in place. If I were having in-person meetings, I don't think I would need the review material.
For hybrid, I've thought about flipping my class so I'm never actually trying to lecture on the livestream. So all kids do the videos at home and they should be spending the time in class (either at home or in person) working on activities/concept discovery or working on classwork based on what we've just done so if they get stuck, they can get help from me. It seems like, if they are only getting me in person for either the notes or the part where they get to try it themselves, it would be better for me to be there in person for the part where they try it themselves.
It's honestly really hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that my kids won't really be able to work in groups. I feel like this is going to hold them back so much. Especially in AP, I have them do a lot of group and partner work and ask them to work together to try to get through their struggles before they come to me. I feel like this is so much more of a hit to their success and learning than people are thinking and even than I am really thinking.
This is the same model my district and many other districts will be using. I think it's probably the best of the hybrid models out there? I'm not sure I get what your problem with it is?Note: This week's emails do not address how things will work for the "in person" post October 5. We assume it will be hybrid. Previously we were told that hybrid would be based on the student's last name. A-L would go Monday-Tuesday, M-Z would go Thursday-Friday, with Wednesday as a deep clean day. Virtual instruction would be provided on the 3 days the students were not meeting in person.
I'm not sure what the difference is between foreign languages and other "specials" is here as opposed to anything else? They're saying that they might not be able to offer all of the same courses, but presumably they were be offered in the same way.My question involved the streaming for "specials" (i.e., foreign languages). How would that work (which assumes some students actually return to the class) since some students will be in the class and others will be virtual?
How this will work will depend on the teacher and the student and the district platform. If the school is livestreaming, some students will be watching on video, others will be there in person. In most cases the students in person will probably do more of the direct interaction with the teacher, but hopefully the learning management platform will allow students to post questions/comments in a chat that teachers can check. If schools are really trying, they may be able to set it up for teachers so that they can also hear questions from students via livestream, but that would require training and technology, so that may be less likely.
I don't think this will be any different for electives than for core classes except that your school is saying that the teachers who are available online will determine the electives offered.