Calhoun teachers have made the most of hybrid learning and created new ways to bring learning to life. Incorporating innovative tools and reimagining assignments have given way to new opportunities for students to display their knowledge whether they’re in the classroom or on Zoom. Below are just a few examples of innovative lessons and projects students have engaged in during hybrid learning.
1st Grade Reading
Lower School—Early Childhood teachers Erika Brinzac and Destiny Orr have a half-remote and half in-person first grade cluster, and so they deliberately design assignments to engage and build connections among both groups of students.
Erika and Destiny replicate small-group reading sessions with tools like Raz-Kids, an online interactive reading program that helps ensure that both at-home and in-person students have access to the same books.
4th Grade Science and Design
Science teacher Paul Weaver and woodshop teacher Nora Nicolini collaborated on a space-themed e-book lesson for 4th graders. During the course of the project, Paul and Nora joined 4th graders virtually, and both in-person and remote groups collaborated via the Zoombot.
For the science portion, students compiled information about a planet of their choosing and created the content of their informative “space travel” e-book. Then, with guidance from Nora, Calhouners produced physical book covers, practicing shading techniques to create the appearance of the planets’ spherical shape. As they worked, students were introduced to new materials like oil and dry pastels as they explored new artistic possibilities.
For one assignment, 7th graders used Book Creator to create e-books in Mandarin and then record themselves reading the text. Whether in-person or remote, students were able to practice their writing and speaking skills through this dynamic activity.
Upper School Chemistry
Science teacher Naomi Choodnovskiy pairs each in-school student with a remote student for chemistry labs. While in-school students physically carry out the experiments, their at-home peers record the data and procedures.
Apart from giving Upper Schoolers the chance to experience the different roles that scientists play in a lab setting, the hybrid lab experience requires students to practice science communication skills by finding a way to describe what's happening to their partner.