The role of classroom education is definitely shifting. It was changing before COVID-19 and most certainly will look different in the next academic year even when schools reopen. Many states have adopted approaches that fit the needs facing students, parents, and teachers today. With a whole summer of preparation, the coming “blended” classroom that will no doubt take shape will look even different. Teachsmarter became involved in the idea of a blended classroom in 2012/13 when in partnership with the Global Online Academy we taught and co-developed the Online Learning Environment Series of professional development courses for 6-12 and higher education faculty. In this three-part series of courses, faculty learned how to implement a blended model of instruction and examine best practices in teaching online that can be applied directly to brick and mortar classrooms. They compose the backbone of the GOA professional development program. Participants that complete the entire series receive GOA’s Online Learning Environments Certification.
If you have questions or concerns as a parent, student, or teacher about what may be coming or how you can best prepare for the new blended classroom reality, please don’t hesitate to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.