Blended Learning: A New Approach to Education

Peterson Schools has always been at the forefront of education. Since our founding in 1965, we pioneered one of the first Montessori English preschools in Mexico, now the oldest. Our priority has always been to research and to adopt the best teaching methods for our students.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, our preparedness and investment in technology allowed us to smoothly transition to online learning thanks to the skills that had already been acquired by both our students and our faculty. As the first Google Certified School outside the U.S. and U.K., our students had been utilizing, and had long since mastered, the online tools to help us to seamlessly switch to a distance learning format. 

As we gradually transition back to a more “normal” way of life, it seems that a lot of institutions are switching back the long-established, traditional format of a 100% in-person education. However, we always try to learn from all experiences and what at one point we saw as challenges brought upon the pandemic, now we consider them opportunities. 

Online classes gave us the flexibility to connect globally with people, to learn from experts in certain fields without the need to travel, and to work in collaborative projects regardless of our locations. “These are aspects of the pandemic that were very positive and that we would like to keep. For us, it is also a way of teaching our students that no matter the circumstances, there is always something new we can learn”, said Kenneth Peterson, our Director General.

A community that inspires passion for learning and life is Peterson Schools’ mission and what better way to inspire others than being the first to walk the talk. The School is now innovating by presenting its community with a new educational model: Blended Learning.

Blended Learning consists of providing four days a week of in-person classes and one day of distance learning (virtual classes) for students in Elementary, Middle School and High School. This scenario will allow flexibility in the class schedules and activities. Moreover, the fact that students and teachers are home one day a week (Fridays), gives families and staff three continuous days to detect any COVID-19 symptom, which will contribute to the protection of the entire community.

“We pride ourselves on ensuring that the needs of our community come first and that we prepare our students to compete in a competitive and global environment”, mentioned Gagan Aggarwal, Distance Learning Coordinator. “Students will continue to develop adaptability across both modalities, flexibility to learn in different environments, and utilize various pedagogical strategies to strengthen their learning. Our hope is that students will graduate from Peterson with all the skills they need to be successful in an ever-changing future”, added Gagan

The possibilities that this new phase will bring to our community are endless. The best of both worlds (in-person and virtual) is now incorporated into the Blended Learning method. Proudly, Peterson Schools is once again innovating and demonstrating that we can make our mission possible.