Age- and child-appropriate digital instruction–as little as an hour daily per student– replaces enough excellent in-person or remotely located teacher time that these teachers can teach more students. The swap may be on a fixed schedule (Rotation) or a flexible one (Flex) determined by students’ changing needs. Teachers use the face-to-face teaching time for higher-order learning and personalized follow-up. When teaching support roles and schedules are planned correctly, teachers can also gain planning and collaboration time during the school day. And teachers can earn at least 20 percent more, within budget.
Rotation: Alternating digital and live-teacher learning time (with teacher in-person or remote) on a fixed schedule. Digital learning time is likely to be 25%–50% of in-school learning time.
Flex: Digital, small-group, and large-group learning time individualized for each student and frequently changing. Digital learning time may be 50% or more of in-school learning time.
The terms Rotation and Flex are widely used to describe “blended learning” models. See Innosight Institute’s The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning.
A related model is the Time-Time Swap, which replaces digital instruction time with time for offline skill practice and projects.
See our case studies of these or similar models in action:
- Pioneering Blended-Learning Teachers Reach More Students—In this series of vignettes and an accompanying video, two pioneering blended-learning teachers in Cabarrus County, N.C. explain how they structured their classes, learned from mistakes and made changes along the way, plus offer advice for other teachers.
- Ranson IB Middle School Launches an Opportunity Culture looks at the early days of Ranson’s implementation of two Opportunity Culture job models—Multi-Classroom Leadership and Time-Technology Swaps—and how an Opportunity Culture improved its recruitment and retention of great teachers.
- Ashley Park PreK-8 Launches Multi-Classroom Leadership and Blended Learning addresses why Ashley Park chose to implement an Opportunity Culture using Multi-Classroom Leadership and blended learning through a Time-Technology Swap, and how the early days of implementation helped the school retain its best teachers.