In this post I’ll discuss what a typical hybrid classroom
looks like. I’ve made some modifications
to make it work in my classroom and I know of other changes that other teachers
have made that I will discuss in a later post.
In general, hybrid learning works best on a block schedule
and with a coteacher or teacher’s aide.
I have neither of these for every period that I teach so it can
certainly work if you do not have these things.
There are 3 stations direct, independent, and collaborative. The teacher starts by creating a lesson plan
for these three stations and then assigns students to each of the three
stations. Students then rotate through
all three stations.
One benefit is that the stations help to reach all
preferences for learning. The direct
station is for small group instruction.
It often appears to look like a traditional classroom. However the teacher should not be repeating
the exact same lesson three times at the direct station because the students
will have different base knowledge depending on which other stations they have
gone through first. Therefore this
station becomes easily differentiated.
You can do things other than lecture at direct station too. This is where I typically do anything that I
used to do as whole group instruction including review games and
assessments.
The next station is independent. This station is meant to use online resources
but I have seen teachers without technology still use this station for
independent work. Ideally this station
would serve as an introduction to a topic.
There may be a focus on vocabulary, theorems, formulas, algorithms, and
other basics. I personally use this
station in a sort offlipped fashion. I
use EdPuzzle to share videos and formative assessments. I can create my own videos using doceri or
sreencastomatic or I can use any video that I find online. There are other days that I use this station
for targeted or mixed practice. I often
use a program shared with me by a generous colleague from another district
(Thanks Josh!) that allows students to practice skills to mastery. You could use other programs that are either
paid or free. I’ll make another post
later with lots of free resources.
The last station is collaborative. This station is meant to have students work
as a team to complete applications and projects. These assignments are often long term and
combine many previously learned topics.
This is where the most important thinking occurs for students. They struggle the most here but it also where
they learn the most. They must learn to
struggle and overcome challenges. They
must learn to find resources to answer their own questions. Students become great team players and they
stretch their minds to do things they never thought they could do.
I’ll write about the three stations in three separate posts
later with more detail. One last thing I
wanted to touch on today is grouping, agendas, and journals. These are all very important in a hybrid
classroom. Because students work on a
long term project at the collaborative station the groups will remain the same
for several weeks. Carful thought should
go into who is working with who, both from a behavior management side and from
an ability side. You typically want your
weakest students to work with you at the direct station first while your
strongest students will be ready for the challenge of collaborative station first. Here is a sample grouping from one of my
classes this past year.
Direct

Independent

Collaborative

1. Jaylynn

4. Dillon

9. Tyreese

3. Jessica

7. Jason

2. Kiara

9. Deja

9. Nick L

11. Adelee

12. Noor

5. Victor

10. Savior

5. Angelica

8. Jesse

8. Alex

8. Tylar

12. Nick U

4. Fallon

2. Lauren

6. Steven

5. David

1. Ethan

The numbers correspond to their assigned computers/seats for
independent station and the colors show which students are to work together
when they are at collaborative station.
Here is a sample agenda.
CP Algebra 2
Agenda: Rotation 48
Direct

Independent 1

Collaborative

Materials needed:
Goal: 79. Identify
polynomial functions (5.2)
80. Evaluate polynomials (5.2)
81. Determine the end behavior and graph a
polynomial (5.2)
Review
5.2
Review
Problem solving ch 0 cw

Materials needed:
Goal: 82. Use
polynomial long division (5.5)
83. Use synthetic division (5.5)
84. Factor a polynomial using synthetic
division (5.5)

Materials needed:
·
Pencil/pen
·
Calculator
·
Problem solving chapter 0 classwork assignment
Goal: To preassess your
ability to work in a group and solve nonroutine problems
·
Complete these problems with your assigned
group of 3 or 4 people from your larger rotation group.
·
All group members should work through this
assignment as a team.
·
Take turns writing on the final copy of the
packet that will be presented.
·
You may however each have your own copy for
scratch work.
·
Submit one copy of this assignment with the
names of the 3 or 4 people from your group.
·
Bring the assignment with you to direct
station today, or if you will not be at the direct station today, Turn the assignment
in at the appropriate bin on the window sill
·
If you finish early, continue working on the
independent station assignment.
·
If you have completed the independent station
assignment, compare your answers with your group and discuss any differences.

The challenge here is that you will be working with a small
group of students at the direct station.
Therefore the other students must have detailed directions that they can
follow without your help. This agenda
would ideally be posted on your learning management system. I also post several paper copies at each
station.
The last part of a hybrid classroom is reflection. This is especially true at the high school
level where students have been programed to believe that school should be
sitting and listening to lectures. They
need a place to tell you how things are going and how things could be improved. I incorporate a weekly journal at the
independent station. Here are the most
common prompts that I use:
I
learned the following this past week...
This past week, I was successful when...
This coming week, I will improve on...
I can relate this topic to my life...
This past week, I was successful when...
This coming week, I will improve on...
I can relate this topic to my life...
I’m sure this post has raised many questions. I’ll follow up with more specific information
on each of the stations, classroom management, free resources, and some
alternative versions that may work better for you.
Happy 4^{th} of July!
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