Erika Romero

Education YouTuber & Blogger | English Studies PhD

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5 Ways to Structure a Week of Class

Keeping students engaged for a whole class period is the dream of every educator. But how can we accomplish this goal? Well, keeping things interesting and different in the classroom is one strategy to try out. If every class session has the same structure, students can quickly grow bored or complacent. So, here are five different ways to structure a week of class. 

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7 Hyflex Teaching Tips After a Long Semester

I’ve made it through a semester of synchronous hybrid teaching AKA hyflex teaching. The following teaching tips are just my top tips after a long semester of teaching most students through Zoom while a few were in class in person. I have a hybrid/hyflex teaching tips video playlist on my YouTube channel, as well, in case you are interested. But, for now, here’s what I would keep in mind if you’re teaching in this form for the first time.

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Increase Student Engagement By Letting Students Design Your Class Sessions

I have some tried-and-true class activities that I do every semester, because I know they work well and/or students really enjoy them. But with hybrid teaching, it’s really hard to get students engaged in class activities. I might have a handful of students in the classroom itself, and then the rest are online, with no webcam on. Silence is a bit too prevalent an event in my class sessions. So, I decided to let my students design the class periods for our third and final unit. Find out how this works and how it went in today’s blog post.

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11 Ways to Give Students Choices in Your Classroom

Student choice is one of the topics I covered in my video on how to increase student engagement in virtual learning. In today’s blog post, I want to cover a variety of possible approaches to giving students choices and empowering them in your classroom. A lot of these are inspired by the fact that I teaching writing and literature courses, but plenty can be tweaked for any course topic you are teaching.

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7 Easy Ways to Make Better Video Lessons for Your Students

Since I’m teaching in hybrid form this semester, I’m not creating too many video lessons for my students. But, I do make an overview video every week and a quick video lesson here and there. So, I thought I’d share seven easy ways to make your video lesson better for your students. The key here is “easy” ways, so if you’re overwhelmed by the thought of creating even more complicated videos, I still recommend reading this blog post.

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