EFL and ESOL (at Kingston College) have been navigating mirrored learning for several weeks now and besides some occasional hiccups we have seen a lot of success.
We have had students who have had to return to their respective countries quite early in the term due to COVID-19 but were still able to join the class from their homes. There have been others who have had to isolate locally who have also joined classes online.
Students have been participating in every lesson via Teams. They can hear the teacher and other students via the microphone and have been able to contribute an answer when asked, so they feel part of the group, and they come over loud and clear.
They can see exactly what we are doing as I share the screen with them at all times and use a blank Word document if we are brainstorming vocabulary or phrases. I have also used the chat feature to give them answers to exercises. We have even been able to do pair work where a student in class has come up to the computer and discussed topics with the online student so they get the complete lesson experience. Pair work has also been done via the chat box.
Worksheets are pre-uploaded onto Teams files in a Class Material folder so they can print the sheets if they so desire but some classes use a course book that has a digital version so that teachers can share unit pages via share screen option also.
Students can complete the listening exercises via the shared screen as teachers have been able to share computer sound options for audio and videos which has worked well. Students either send their results in the chat box or to the teacher directly if they do not want others to see their answers. Feedback can also take place orally where students are able to express their opinions and respond to other opinions via the camera.
Written work is sent to by email using Word or uploaded onto Teams where teachers can give feedback and correct using the Editing feature.
Mirrored teaching is a learning curve and some teachers have embraced it fully and others are still learning different approaches.
This case study has been shared by Caroline Streliaev-Pivetta, Deputy Head of School Creative Industries (Head of Section - Foundation and Intermediate Learning)