4.10 Common Learning Environments

4.10 Common Learning Environments



This is an especially challenging time to be a student, parent/guardian, and teacher. Beyond pedagogy, there will be many logistical challenges with teaching and learning through a pandemic, so remember to balance empathy and accountability for students, families, and yourself. Because you may be substitute teaching in a socially distant in-person model, a hybrid model, or an at-home/remote model, it’s important to consider the opportunities and best practices associated with each kind of learning environment. You may be given explicit instructions about the model and tools the teacher uses, in which case you should focus on managing the model, tools, and student motivation. Or, you may need to select and utilize structures and tools on your own to support students. The information presented may feel overwhelming, but the key is to limit yourself to learning a few effective tech tools, to practice utilizing them with Zoom or Google Meet, and to consider how to build community and support students’ motivation as they navigate learning during this time.



Review the Key Terms section of this module for the definitions of in-person, at-home/distance/remote, hybrid, and concurrent learning environments.

Hybrid Learning Considerations

  1. Read this article "The Concurrent Classroom: Using Blended Learning Models to Teach Students In-person and Online Simultaneously"
  2. Click here to add the author's Station Rotation slide template to your Strategy Backpack on Google Drive.
  3. Click here to add the author's Playlist template to your Strategy Backpack on Google Drive.

Distance Learning Considerations

Read the article "The Science of Keeping Kids Engaged—Even From Home".

Read the article "Distance Learning: A Gently Curated Collection of Resources for Teachers".



The “Strategy Backpack” is an opportunity to download resources, guidance, or working documents to support your future journey as a substitute teacher. To leverage these additional resources, create a Strategy Backpack folder in your Google Drive or on your hard drive. Review the materials provided, and save the information you find compelling in your personal folder. Strategy Backpack resources are completely optional to download or complete.

Once you learn more about your district placement and the reopening model they have chosen for students and teachers, you can read through the blog posts above in more detail for guidance on effective ways to engage learners.