Created by your Instructional Technology Coordinator, Nova Katz

From Fairfax County Public Schools

As you watch the videos, consider. . .

  • How can you design your classroom so all students are engaged?

  • What are some of the potential barriers you will need to plan for?

Ed Week's 9-Part series highlighting the do's and don'ts of concurrent instruction from teachers across the nation.

Each part of the series includes recommendations and words of caution from teachers who have been teaching in a hybrid model for some portion of this school year.

  1. The Do's & Don'ts of Hybrid (Concurrent) Teaching

  2. Making Hybrid (Concurrent) Teaching Work for Educators and Students

  3. Strategies for Teaching Students online and Face-to-Face at the Same Time

  4. Hybrid (Concurrent) Teaching is Multitasking to the Umpteenth Degree

  5. It's Like "Teaching Two Classes at Once"

  6. Give Yourself Grace as You Teach Concurrently

  7. Virtual, Hybrid & Concurrent Are Three Words I Never Expected to Use

  8. We Can Lower Expectations and Still Have High Standards in Hybrid (Concurrent) Teaching

  9. There is No Playbook for How to Do Hybrid Teaching

Concurrent teaching IS. . .

  • teaching virtual (Zoomies) and in-person learners (Roomies) simultaneously.

  • using UDL design, planning for Zoomies and adapting for Roomies.

  • utilizing Google Classroom to manage student assignments and assessments.

  • allowing Zoomies to have independent asynchronous time, off Zoom, during small group or independent work time for the Roomies.

Concurrent teaching is NOT. . .

  • teaching in front of Roomies in the classroom while Zoomies watch.

  • keeping Zoomies for the entire school day.

  • planning exclusively for the Roomies.

  • focusing instruction on Roomies only.

  • "Zoom in the Room."

~ Sample Schedules ~

Concurrent Teaching - Sample Schedules

Thank you Jen Wiese for sharing this great resource!

"How are others setting up their classrooms?"

<-- Click an image in the FlipGrid to the left to view video tours from teachers in Sac City!

3 Principles for Planning

  • Consider the priority of the lesson (standards and learning intentions)

  • Organize in Google Classroom - send home handouts

  • Keep it simple

3 Community Builders


  • Meet at the Door

  • Get Ready for the Day

  • Morning Work


  • It's ok to wait to let students into Zoom

  • Maybe post a recording in Google Classroom with a daily greeting and something to ponder while Zoomies wait to be let in

  • Let Zoomies into Zoom when you are ready to start your day

  • Share with families that Zoomies need to be ready a few minutes early but might not be let in until you are ready

3 Structures for Learning

  • Whole-Group - Live instruction or Flipped experiences like videos, games, pre-formative assessments, etc.

  • Small-Group - live in person or online

  • Asynchronous Time - independent time for students to work and ask for guidance


  • Share screen that is on the whiteboard

  • Use laptop - Wireless keyboard to move around and teach

  • Webcam pointed at Roomies or Poster or use as a document camera


Determine groups:

  • Do you want them to be the same as you have had all year? Roomies and Zoomies together

  • Do you want the groups to be just Roomies or just Zoomies?


  • Independent work time for Roomies and Zoomies

  • Great time to let Zoomies go on mute and turn cameras off and work while you work with Roomies

  • Utilize Breakout Rooms between Roomies and Zoomies to work on assignments

What we've learned from Fairfax County Public Schools

Consider reflections below (coming soon)

Additional Resources

From Fairfax County Public Schools: Approaches to Concurrent Instruction ~ Reflections & Tips for Concurrent Instruction from Teachers, including discussion prompts

Back to School: What is Concurrent Teaching? by Kara Weissinger, Maya Consulting