Andover High School Teaching & Learning

Synchronous Learning

This is a general term describing learning that occurs in real-time and requires attendance at a scheduled meeting.  This can occur in-person in traditional schooling models or virtually over platforms that allow live meetings or streaming of classroom activities, such as Google Meet or Schoology.  Students may also have the opportunity to work in real-time, virtually, with classmates on a shared Google doc, Google Slides, Google Sheets or through Schoology. 

Asynchronous Learning

The teacher and students interact on their own schedules.  Pre-recorded video lecture or video demonstration of skills occurs in a “flipped model” where students experience the content independently (through reading, videos, podcasts, or discussion boards), and in-person instruction is reserved for individual student skill work, intervention, or collaborative projects. 

Hybrid Learning

In a hybrid learning model, 50% of the students will attend school in-person, while the other 50% will attend school online for two days and then reverse so that those who were online will attend school in person for two days while the others are online. On Wednesdays, all students will learn online while schools are cleaned. Students in school will utilize a learning management system (LMS) called Schoology as their core tool and learn through direct instruction, small group and individual instruction methodologies. Students learning at home on alternating days will also utilize Schoology as a primary tool to engage in all content areas. Students at all grade levels will follow a regular schedule in school and remotely. Teachers will take daily attendance, assign grades and provide frequent feedback. Students will attend a full day in one of two cohorts: Blue and Gold. Blue cohort will attend a full school day on Monday and Tuesday. Gold cohort will attend a full school day on Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays, Cohort A (Blue) and Cohort B (Gold) will attend a full school day remotely with synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning. This will also allow schools to be thoroughly cleaned on Wednesdays.

Remote Academy

Similar to the in-person and hybrid models, remote learning is based on a blended learning model using the learning management system as a core tool and mirrors a similar schedule to the other models. This common approach to scheduling ensures a common throughline among in-person, hybrid and remote learning to ensure consistency for students, and allows for synchronous opportunities among peers. Continuity is created by mirroring standards, curriculum, assessment, schedules and instructional supports as much as possible. Similar to the other models, attendance will be taken and students will meet according to a defined and posted schedule for each grade. Feedback will be provided and the district’s grading system will be used. In remote learning at the elementary, middle and high school levels, students receive direct, live, synchronous video conferencing and instruction, as well as small group instruction that is organized synchronously and asynchronously. Synchronous class time may be used for class discussion, practice and application, and extension opportunities, as examples. Synchronous instruction will occur for a portion of the instructional blocks each day. Individual and small group support will also be provided. Students will also engage in asynchronous independent work throughout the schedule, which may include independent reading, writing, research and problem solving, as examples. The Remote Learning Day follows the high school schedule. Students will utilize their learning management system to view their schedule, access their learning resources, and engage in teaching and learning. Students will receive synchronous and asynchronous instruction throughout the day.