Over the past year and a half, “blended learning” has become a buzzword in education. With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on learners around the world, we have seen the growing need for blended learning, an educational option that combines the benefits of a traditional in-person classroom and learning in line. But the need for this option will not just be a passing trend. The future of blended learning is bright and the benefits are unmatched. I saw it myself.
As an educator for 10 years, I have worked in in-person, online, and hybrid classrooms. I experienced the do’s and don’ts of creating learning environments where my students can not only learn, but also perform at their best. When my colleagues ask me for my secret to success, here are the tips I share:
1. Establish a positive blended learning culture and a strong learning community.
A strong community is at the heart of any good classroom. While we can’t hug and clap our students through a screen, a hybrid classroom can still foster a warm community of connected learners.
A great way to create a positive environment is to first point out the benefits of this teaching method. Blended learning has many benefits for your students, parents, and teachers, including flexibility, accessibility, and the ability to use innovative learning tools. If you’re moving to a blended learning environment, address any questions or concerns you have by communicating these benefits and encouraging your students to get the most out of this valuable learning experience.