Rationale for Blended Learning during COVID19
COVID19 precautions have forced a complete redesign of the school environment. This is not easy for teachers, students, or parents. We know there is no perfect solution, but the USD 263 COVID Task Force has decided on a hybrid model to comply with common COVID precautions including smaller, cohort groups of students, less time wearing a mask, ability to social distance, & eliminate high-risk locations like cafeteria. As a result, our district has avoided large quarantine numbers. Implementing a Hybrid model means teachers, parents, & students are learning new ways of participating in school, which has proven to be an increased amount of work for all of us.
As we plan for instruction in a hybrid model, it is important to make efficient use of in-person time with students while leveraging technology tools while students learn at home. Blended Learning provides a framework for rethinking the traditional model of instruction. Our district selected Blended Learning because it has implications beyond the COVID19 pandemic. Blended Learning is an innovative instructional strategy that harnesses the best parts of both in-person teaching and technology tools. Blended Learning helps students develop skills students will need as they transition to college, technical schools, or the workforce.