Online Office Hours are a Potent Source for Observing Student Talk

Teachers are constantly seeking information sources about their students’ learning. One key way to do this is to hear from students and, quite literally, try to hear their thinking out loud. This creates opportunities for confirming that students are developing the correct understandings from the lessons. This interaction can be strained when students are not…

Transform Distance Learning Homework With These 5 Smart Ideas

After returning to schools, teachers wonder if distance learning homework assignments offer student benefits. Homework tasks may need to be lightened or modified to be more meaningful for distance learning students. Virtual learning requires increased screen time for students while resulting in homework bans or limited homework policies in some schools.  In her article on…

4 Ways to Build Positive Student Relationships in Covid-19 Classrooms

The beginning of the school year is a pivotal time for an educator to develop personal connections and positive student relationships that can be sustained during the entire year. Common relationship-building tactics will need to be adjusted given the current virtual and social distancing landscape. Strong relationships with teachers and classmates may be the catalyst…

Distance Learning Student Engagement Strategies

Student engagement and participation in virtual classrooms can be challenging. Students need support when learning and accessing digital tools. Educators nationwide have implemented both synchronous and asynchronous learning strategies to meet the needs of all students, and allow students to have a voice in their virtual classroom. In her article titled, 8 Strategies to Improve…

3 Fresh Ideas for Social-Emotional Learning During Covid-19

When instruction begins in the fall, successful districts will focus on social-emotional learning (SEL) to allow students and staff to process emotions they experienced during the pandemic. With stricter in-person guidelines and increased virtual learning expectations, teachers will need to ensure that students are adapting to the new rigors of the classroom. Teachers must provide…