After a long year of remote learning, some KidsTek instructors and students are returning to the classroom for in-person and hybrid learning. At North High School, which has adapted its semester schedule to a quarter system to better accommodate students’ needs during the pandemic, Senior Instructor Emily Tow recently started teaching the second half of KidsTek’s Business Computing class to a mixture of in-person and online students.
“It’s definitely an adjustment to teach two different groups of students at the same time, with some students physically present in the classroom and some learning remotely from home,” said Tow, “but it’s definitely great to be back in the classroom!”
With the quarter system that North and some other DPS high schools are using this spring, odd period classes were taught during the 3rd quarter and even period classes are being taught during the current 4th quarter that will run through the end of the school year. That way, students have less classes to balance at once, but total instructional time is similar when asynchronous time is included. Students attend either in-person or in a synchronous remote environment four days a week, with Fridays available for additional support, participation in clubs and extracurriculars, asynchronous work time, and other activities.
“I really appreciate that North has worked hard to create systems and processes to protect us all as we return to in-person learning,” said Tow. “They have done a great job centering students’ needs when making scheduling and other decisions, while still making sure the staff is safe, comfortable, and able to get any accommodations they need.”