The question-of-the-week is: What are the do’s and don’ts of hybrid (also called concurrent) teaching?
Do: Give yourself grace
Don’t: Be so hard on yourself
If you don’t read anything else in this entire piece, I need you to read this do and don’t again. Too often, as educators we are told to meet children where they are, to grow children, to have high expectations, to differentiate our learning, to try new ways of innovative thinking, keep the rigor high, move through Blooms, develop Depth’s of Knowledge, create academic conversations, reflect on data, and so, so much more.
But we are not in normal times. You have got to take a step back and first and foremost give yourself grace and trust that you will make mistakes. If you are hard on yourself, you will not give yourself room to grow. I do not care if it is your first year teaching or if you are in your last year before retirement, there is no playbook for how to do this. No matter who you are or how long you’ve been teaching, this year feels like your first year of teaching because so much focus may seem to be on survival because it is new to all of us. It is important to remember that, above anything, relationships and letting kids feel safe is the ultimate goal. #MaslowBeforeBloom
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