Garam Masala or Curry Masala is an essential ingredient of Indian cooking. It is a blend of several spices. Each chef has her own recipe for Garam Masala differing in the number of spices used as well as the ratio of each spice to the amount of Garam Masala produced. In the end, the only thing that matters is whether the Garam Masala creates the desired flavour and taste. In the academic year 2021-22, the best-case scenario will be that schools will have to deliver effective education using a blend of online and face-to-face instruction. If the third wave affects children, the worst-case scenario will be that schools may not get any opportunity for classroom instruction. Only time can reveal the ratio of online to face-to-face instruction for the current academic year. For subsequent years too, we cannot predict this ratio. But, with most certainty, we can predict that the majority of schools and teachers will use some form of blended learning. Now, we must create our own recipe for blended learning. Like Garam Masala , the only thing that matters is whether our strategy helps us create effective learning. One of the basic requirements of designing a blended learning curriculum (which is completely different from the traditionally followed curriculum) is the ratio of the time spent in online and offline mode. If this ratio cannot be determined, how will schools and teachers determine the curriculum? This is one of the big challenges that all schools will face in the coming year. Chances are that most schools and teachers will employ a flexible go-with-the-flow curriculum startegy. Blended learning pedagogy is different from either the online pedagogy or the face-to-face pedagogy. It amalgamates certain elements of both the pedagogies. Let me give you an example. To help students learn a concept, I can deliver a lecture (traditional, face-to-face pedagogy) or I can design a self-exploratory activity (online pedagogy). Neither of these two would work in a blended learning model. I will have to develop a new pedagogical style of using both lecture and self-exploration for effective blended learning. This is where, schools and teachers will run into the second major problem. The vast majority of teachers and schools have been practicing traditional teaching methods for a very long time. They are not even aware of the most effective online teaching methods, let alone being an expert in using such methods. The only thing they can do is implement the traditional teaching methods using technology tools like video conferencing, quizzing platforms, interactive apps, or subject-specific apps. They are not empowered or enabled to design their unique blended learning pedagogical strategies. We had discussed blended learning pedagogy in a Friday@5 session in November 2020. Here is the recording in case you want to view it again. Yesterday, the Government of India announced the cancellation of class 12 CBSE exams. Examinations for other classes had been cancelled earlier. This will spark a new discussion. How will we monitor and measure student's progress during the academic year 2021-22? Will we rely on the traditional pen and paper tests, physical observations, etc? Will we conduct only online examinations and use online assessment methods like portfolios, discussions, etc, to monitor progress? Or, will we need to blend the two modes to establish an efficient and effective assessment strategy? Even though our system is test-driven, the majority of educators have never been empowered to design accurate tests. Some educators are well-informed on the elements of succesful assessment strategies, including the importance of rubrics, but the inertial dynamics of the system prevents them from implementing these strategies. A blended learning strategy needs a blended assessment strategy to complete the delivery of education. And, this is anything but trivial. To implement the elements discussed above, teachers will need to create digital content, deploy appropriate technologies, and most importantly, unlearn and learn continuously. Only then we can ask ourselves, "Are we ready for blended learning?"