Monday, August 24, 2020

Actions of Classroom Teacher – Best Practices in In-Person and Online Learning

After experiences in summer school and now in our second week of the Fall semester, we are reflecting on what best practices *look* like in a totally new world of education.  So, taking traditional best practices, what does the look like for the hybrid, parallel instruction model?

*** Note: my school is at 50% capacity.  Students are split into two cohorts and attend class either in person or remotely.


Best Practice

What Might This Look Like?

Encourage student-faculty contact

·        Exchange contact information

·        Google Classroom “Question” assignment

·        Ensure students see your face regularly, even online, through regular check-in videos and virtual office hours

Develop reciprocity and cooperation among students

·        Create assignments where students F2F need the students online to complete the work as a strategy for keeping online students engaged

·        Group work – each member assigned a clear role and responsibility

·        Student(s) at home are group leader

·        Student in room is in charge of Chat and ensuring student(s) at home are included

·        Student at home leads discussion/game/activity in class

·        Students prepare questions prior to class, then work through them in groups during class

Use active learning techniques

·        Use synchronous time to maximize interaction between you and students and among students; if they can watch or consume content passively, try to assign it outside of synchronous instructional time

·        Create synchronous demonstrations that rely on participation of both F2F and online students

·        Start lessons with engagement strategies like KWL charts – what do I know, what I wonder, what I learned or Think-Pair-Share (at a social distance)

·        Look for opportunities for students to lead instruction or conversation

Establish clear routines that create predictability and support

·        Agendas

·        Class routines – every day, same routine

·        Incorporate visible thinking routines like graphic organizers, guided notes for each period (for ideas, see:

Give prompt, constructive feedback

·        GClassroom rubrics are great for prompt, clear feedback

·        One on One workshop

·        Use audio and video feedback on written assignments

Emphasize time on task

·        Each assignment should have an “expected time to complete” that is shared with students

·        Consider modifying assignment if students report inability to complete/too fast to complete

Provide a balance of challenge and support

·        Offer challenge problems or situations (case studies, challenge practice problems, creation activities)

·        Scaffolded Kahoot!

·        Choice reading at various difficulty and interest levels

·        Links to more information on topics in GClassroom

Respect diverse talents and ways of learning

·        Choice assignments – either in content (reading or video) or product (written paper or podcast episode)

·        Incorporate technologies like Voicethread which encourage multi-modal engagement

Use deliberate practice and mastery learning strategies

·        Quick “Chat” check in for practice

·        Exit ticket for mastery check

·        Formative Assessments in blended manner – Classroom assignments, quiz assignment or question; EdPuzzle; electronic lab book (example in OneNote; example in GDoc)

Elicit active, critical reflection

·        Questions in GClassroom

·        Survey in GForms

·        Peer evaluation with rubrics

·        Peer evaluation of presentations or products

·        Writers workshops


 Best Practices above created by Chickering and Gamson (1987), Savory (2006), and McCullom (2010) as found in Evaluating Online Teaching (2015) by Tobin, Mandernauch, and Taylor.  Chapter 1 found



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