Tips for Teaching in a Blended Learning Environment

Although many people are important for student success... teachers work with the kids every day. Teachers play such an important role in making the blended learning experience a successful one. Here are a few tips help teachers out.

Tip 1: Know the Course
It is so important for the teacher to know the courses they are responsible for teaching in a blended learning environment. I have found that the best method for me to learn the course was to go through it. I did not write out all the notes (since I did not need them for learning), but I read what the objectives were, watched the videos and took all of the chapter and unit assessments. There may be other ways to know the course, just find what is right for you.

Tip 2: Find Out Where Students Struggle
Not every student has issues with the same material, but if there is a lesson, chapter, or even unit that a majority of people has trouble with, have materials created to help ahead of time. This will save valuable time when students come up and ask for help. If students aren't coming up and asking for help, this will alert the teacher to pay close attention to that student's progress.

Tip 3: Know Your Students
Just because a student is sitting quietly in a classroom, looking at a computer screen, does not mean they are actively engaged. It is so important to know what type of student you have so you can motivate them in the way that will help them best. One of the best ways I have found to meet students is to talk to them and listen to their responses. This is not always easy in a busy classroom... but the payoff has been great.

Tip 4: Organize, Organize, And Organize
Working in a blended learning environment comes with large amounts of paperwork. You may be working with more students, covering more concepts, and communicating with more people so you must find a system of organization that works for you.

Tip 5: Find Time Saving Strategies
There are many excellent suggestions on how to improve teaching. However, so many of them are written by people who are not in the real world. Finding methods to help students in the classroom that do not take an excessive amount of time to develop is not easy. One of the best ways I have found is working with others. So often, teachers do not want to do this... but as the saying goes, it really does take a village to raise a child.