Every working day morning, Paul Yenne sets up five different devices, including two laptops, an iPhone, and a screen player that projects videos to the big screen, thinking that 19 fifth-grade students and his Prepare the classroom. Log in from home.
The Colorado school district where Yenne works provides both face-to-face and online courses, while the Covid-19 pandemic involves all aspects of education, and a teacher is responsible.
Yenne, 31, offered the lesson of the day, his eyes wandering between the students in front of him and the students stacked on a virtual grid on a laptop in front of the classroom.
He said that although he wanted to provide a seamless classroom experience for both groups of students, he would inevitably ignore this. He said that if the technology breaks down, the students in his classroom will have to wait until he fixes it, and if there is a personal problem, it is the opposite.
He said: “The most exhausting thing is trying to stay focused in two different places and give them at least equal weight.”
According to education experts, although most K-12 schools choose to surf the Internet at the same time or in person, the dual responsibility model is one of the most labor-intensive models. However, it is gradually becoming the new norm across the country, and since the school year is less than a quarter of the time, many teachers say they are exhausted.
They said that they received almost no training and lack of resources, but they feared that they would be killed by speaking out.
Yenne said: “I think our exhaustion has become more complicated since last year, because now we are required to complete two tasks at once.” “The biggest question right now is,’How long can we continue to do this?'”
Afraid to speak up
Although many schools refer to this form of teaching as “mixed” teaching, experts call it “parallel teaching” or “mixed teaching”, which was originally designed for university and graduate-level students.
Brian Beatty, an associate professor at San Francisco State University, proposed the hyflex plan. He said that the plan is aimed at multiple ways of interacting in the same class and usually involves classrooms and online modes that can be synchronized or asynchronous.
He said that the purpose of this is to provide students who are not in the classroom with a better educational experience than in the past, and it is designed for students who choose to teach in this way on a regular or regular basis. The model was created for adults in universities and graduate students who choose and can self-manage.
He said: “The background of the basic situation is very different from the situation we designed for it. Many principles can work, but the challenges are more severe, especially in managing students.”
Sophia Smith is a kindergarten literature intensive teacher for third grade students in Des Plaines, Illinois. She said that her elementary school has little time for training and planning before she pushes her teachers to a dual learning model. .
She said that 40% of the students are online, and she spends most of her time walking back and forth between the online and class students, and there is little time for meaningful teaching.
She said: “It’s very messy.” She added that if school officials were to go to her classroom, they would understand how their decision on mixed education would really affect teachers.
Smith worries that this model will become an accepted norm, mainly because teachers who are struggling to keep up with their work dare not say it out loud.
She said: “We are afraid of losing our jobs. We are worried that the area will come back and treat us differently or say different things, for example,’No one is complaining, so why?'”
Smith said that she is speaking now because she wants other teachers to feel more comfortable with it.
Education researcher Matthew Rhoads authored “Navigation Transition Terminology: Preparing Middle School Educators for Development in the Fall of 2020 and Beyond”. He said that the school has added a live broadcast part of the curriculum to Panicked by providing online options for families. He said, but most of the implementation plans are not considered, and let the teachers deal with the consequences.
Randy Wingarton, president of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the largest teacher unions in the United States, said that teachers are exhausted.
She said: “This is the worst situation in the world.” “The choice to do so depends on money and convenience, because of course it has nothing to do with efficacy and guidance.”
David Finkle, a ninth grade teacher at Florida High School, said that even though his energy was exhausted after a whole day of online and face-to-face coaching, he still couldn’t sleep. This veteran teacher for nearly 30 years stopped running when the school started in August, writing creatively and doing other activities he liked.
He said: “It is difficult for me to concentrate on other creative work outside of school because the school is driving me away.” He added that it is difficult to keep up with grades because it takes a long time to plan courses for these two groups.
He said: “I hope I can focus on a group of students.”
All over the country, including Kansas, Michigan, and Arkansas, teachers feel high levels of stress and burnout. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that in Utah, the principal said that their teachers panicked when they played with both.
Christopher McCarthy, director of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, said that high-level teacher pressure not only affects students and the quality of their education, but also affects the entire profession.
He said: “When teachers are under a lot of pressure, they are more likely to leave the profession. This is a very bad result.”
According to a national poll released in August by the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers’ union, 28% of educators have stated that the Covid-19 pandemic makes them more likely to retire or leave the profession early.
Education researcher Rhoads said that retaining high-quality teachers is crucial, especially now, but if the hyflex model continues to exist without sufficient support, then a large shortage of teachers is inevitable.
He said such incidents will have a profound impact, accelerate the integration of school districts, and cause some states to lower teacher standards and permit requirements.
For example, the Missouri Board of Education passed an emergency rule to deal with the shortage of teachers associated with the pandemic, which made the job of becoming a substitute easier. According to the Associated Press, qualified replacements do not need 60 hours of college credits, but only need a high school diploma to complete 20 hours of online training courses and pass background checks.
The Associated Press reported that Iowa has relaxed its curriculum requirements and lowered the minimum age for newly hired substitutes from 21 to 20. In Connecticut, college students are required to join as substitutes.
Paige, a middle school teacher in central Florida, does not want to use her full name to protect her job. She said that the teachers at her school received less than a week’s notice that they would teach in the classroom and online at the same time. She said that they did not receive any platform or logistics training.
Since the beginning of this year, she has been working hard to resolve Internet access and technical failures.
She said: “We need more bandwidth. I have five children turning on the camera and suddenly there is no real-time work. We need more equipment.”
She said that teachers with dual responsibilities should receive improved products, technical training, and professional guidance and guidance. Other teachers said it would be helpful to schedule a day or even half a day.
Educational psychologist McCarthy (McCarthy) said that when the demand is high, the best support teachers can get is the resources to cope with the challenge.
He said: “What is happening now is a lack of resources and a lot of uncertainty. This is a toxic mixture.”