Reaching and Teaching Learners in a Hybrid School Model


Navigation Links: ETAP 623 Fall 2020 (Zhang) | Mark Gillmeister

2020 was stressful for teachers, but 2021 doesn't need to be.

Overview and Purpose

As of the Spring semester of 2020, K-12 education has changed dramatically. Once, our schools were alive and bustling with student activity. However, that is no longer the case. Today, students are mostly stationary, remaining in one location as teachers rotate from room to room. Given social distancing guidelines, many teachers have had to restructure their instructional methods at the expense of those activities that engaged their students most. This mini-course is designed to show teachers how to engage students in modes of learning that will not only capture a student’s interest, but keep them invested in the learning process.

Scope of Learning Outcomes and Content

In this mini-course, we will discuss a variety of ways that we as educators can engage with our students and capture their attention.
By the end of this mini-course you will be able to:

Spark Excitement
  • Though student options
  • Though eliminating interruptions
Inspire Resiliency
  • Through collaboration
  • Though self-monitoring strategies

Course Objectives

Objective 1

Given a series of articles and videos, participants will be able to describe 5 Reasons why offering students multiple ways of completing a learning objective has a positive impact on student engagement, and performance with 80% accuracy..

Objective 2

Given articles on minimizing distractions, participants will be able to construct in writing a learning environment (real or imagined) that incorporates 5 elements described in the texts with 80% accuracy.

Objective 3

Given a series of articles, participants will be able to identify what they feel is the most valuable benefit of student collaboration with 80% accuracy.

Objective 4

After reading a series of articles, Participants will be able to describe the impact of self-reflection on student engagement and success with 85% accuracy.

Course Units

This mini-course includes the following units. Click the title of a unit to go to its page.

Unit 1: Sparking Excitement: The Value of Student Choice

In this unit you will explore the power of offering students various paths to complete learning goals.

Unit 2: Sparking Excitement: Eliminating Distractions

In this unit, you will explore strategies for maintaining a distraction free learning environment.

Unit 3: Sparking Resiliency: Through Collaboration

In this unit you will explore the role of student collaboration in inspiring motivated learners.

Unit 4: Sparking Resiliency: Self Monitoring Strategies

In this unit you will examine the impact of self-regulation on student engagement


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Extended Resources

Below I have listed Links that will help answer any question you might still have at the end of this minicourse. Each link will take you to a database that is filled with useful strategies, and practices to improve your practice as an educator in 2020