School Teachers Improvise to Make Hybrid Learning Work Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Education and Career | Associated Press | October 30, 2020, 10:16 am
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 When New York schools reopened in September it was anything but business as usual. With state guidelines for social distancing making it impossible for all students to attend classes in person at the same time, educators prepared for a hybrid model of instruction. (Image: AP)
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When New York schools reopened in September it was anything but business as usual. With state guidelines for social distancing making it impossible for all students to attend classes in person at the same time, educators prepared for a hybrid model of instruction. (Image: AP)

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 Besides preparing lesson plans and decorating classrooms with the usual “Welcome Back” posters and inspirational quotes, teachers and IT personnel set up computers, cameras, and document readers to be able to reach students who are learning remotely. (Image: AP)
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Besides preparing lesson plans and decorating classrooms with the usual “Welcome Back” posters and inspirational quotes, teachers and IT personnel set up computers, cameras, and document readers to be able to reach students who are learning remotely. (Image: AP)

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 Educators now deliver their lessons to half empty classrooms as well as computer screens filled with faces of children logged in from home. (Image: AP)
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Educators now deliver their lessons to half empty classrooms as well as computer screens filled with faces of children logged in from home. (Image: AP)

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 As they move from desk to desk helping students with their lessons, they also remind those at home to unmute their computers so they can be heard responding to questions. (Image: AP)
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As they move from desk to desk helping students with their lessons, they also remind those at home to unmute their computers so they can be heard responding to questions. (Image: AP)

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 Everywhere, teachers are improvising. Classes are held outdoors. Physical education instructors demonstrate exercise techniques in front of a camera in empty gymnasiums. (Image: AP)
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Everywhere, teachers are improvising. Classes are held outdoors. Physical education instructors demonstrate exercise techniques in front of a camera in empty gymnasiums. (Image: AP)

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 In some cases, hallways are used for one-on-one instruction or remote learning classrooms. Auditoriums, previously used for school assemblies, are storing furniture and equipment. (Image: AP)
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In some cases, hallways are used for one-on-one instruction or remote learning classrooms. Auditoriums, previously used for school assemblies, are storing furniture and equipment. (Image: AP)

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 One thing that hasn’t changed is teachers’ dedication to their students and the pride they put into their work. Teachers are making the most of the changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. (Image: AP)
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One thing that hasn’t changed is teachers’ dedication to their students and the pride they put into their work. Teachers are making the most of the changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. (Image: AP)

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 A student runs down a hallway with markers for proper social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak at the Post Road Elementary School in White Plains, NY. (Image: AP)
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A student runs down a hallway with markers for proper social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak at the Post Road Elementary School in White Plains, NY. (Image: AP)

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 Marissa De Gaetano looks over a student's shoulder as she teaches a class with students who are autistic during the coronavirus outbreak at Roosevelt High School - Early College Studies, in Yonkers, NY. (Image: AP)
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Marissa De Gaetano looks over a student's shoulder as she teaches a class with students who are autistic during the coronavirus outbreak at Roosevelt High School - Early College Studies, in Yonkers, NY. (Image: AP)

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 Charisma Poliandro sits with several teachers as she listens during a combination of trivia/current events quiz and pizza party in the cafeteria at West Brooklyn Community High School in New York. (Image: AP)
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Charisma Poliandro sits with several teachers as she listens during a combination of trivia/current events quiz and pizza party in the cafeteria at West Brooklyn Community High School in New York. (Image: AP)

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 Students sit in a distanced pattern from their classmates during the coronavirus outbreak in a Kindergarten class at School 16 in Yonkers, NY. (Image: AP)
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Students sit in a distanced pattern from their classmates during the coronavirus outbreak in a Kindergarten class at School 16 in Yonkers, NY. (Image: AP)

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 A first-grader wears a face mask while doing work in the library during the coronavirus outbreak at the Post Road Elementary School in White Plains, NY. (Image: AP)
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A first-grader wears a face mask while doing work in the library during the coronavirus outbreak at the Post Road Elementary School in White Plains, NY. (Image: AP)

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 First-grade students sit at their desks set up for proper social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak at the Osborn School in Rye, NY. (Image: AP)
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First-grade students sit at their desks set up for proper social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak at the Osborn School in Rye, NY. (Image: AP)

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 Student Kenny Scottborough works on a laptop in a science class at West Brooklyn Community High School in New York. (Image: AP)
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Student Kenny Scottborough works on a laptop in a science class at West Brooklyn Community High School in New York. (Image: AP)

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 Erick DiVito demonstrates the clarinet as he teaches a remote music class during the coronavirus outbreak at the Osborn School in Rye, NY. (Image: AP)
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Erick DiVito demonstrates the clarinet as he teaches a remote music class during the coronavirus outbreak at the Osborn School in Rye, NY. (Image: AP)

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 Kindergarten students check to make sure they are standing at the proper social distancing space as they line up to go outside during the coronavirus outbreak at the Osborn School in Rye, NY. (Image: AP)
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Kindergarten students check to make sure they are standing at the proper social distancing space as they line up to go outside during the coronavirus outbreak at the Osborn School in Rye, NY. (Image: AP)

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 Students sit behind plexiglass at their desks during the coronavirus outbreak as Brian Scarano teaches the fourth grade English class at the Osborn School in Rye, NY. (Image: AP)
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Students sit behind plexiglass at their desks during the coronavirus outbreak as Brian Scarano teaches the fourth grade English class at the Osborn School in Rye, NY. (Image: AP)

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 Christine Free teaches a remote music class during the coronavirus outbreak at the Osborn School in Rye, NY. (Image: AP)
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Christine Free teaches a remote music class during the coronavirus outbreak at the Osborn School in Rye, NY. (Image: AP)

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 Daniel Colli teaches a 10th grade social studies class during the coronavirus outbreak at Roosevelt High School - Early College Studies in Yonkers, NY. (Image: AP)
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Daniel Colli teaches a 10th grade social studies class during the coronavirus outbreak at Roosevelt High School - Early College Studies in Yonkers, NY. (Image: AP)

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 Kenny Scottborough goes up for a shot in an empty gymnasium at West Brooklyn Community High School in New York. (Image: AP)
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Kenny Scottborough goes up for a shot in an empty gymnasium at West Brooklyn Community High School in New York. (Image: AP)

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 Global history teacher Alis Anasol writes the schedule on a white board in her classroom at West Brooklyn Community High School in New York. (Image: AP)
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Global history teacher Alis Anasol writes the schedule on a white board in her classroom at West Brooklyn Community High School in New York. (Image: AP)

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