Focus On Teaching: Some Good News for Some Students, Distanced Learning Leads to Increased Achievement

Some students are actually thriving in the remote learning world as teachers have noticed some benefits that have come with the shift to distance learning. Many teachers have noticed the unexpected benefits of self-pacing as their students have the flexibility to complete their assignments on their own schedule. In some cases, the cancellation of extra-curricular…

Focus On Teaching: Creating Community in an Online Classroom

As teaching has moved to virtual classrooms, building community will rely on similar practices that teachers and students have used in the past. Grading could evolve into verbal feedback, conversations, and self-assessments in an online classroom environment. The relationships and connections between students and teachers support the effectiveness of the learning process. The sudden shift…

Focus On Teaching: The Benefits of Implementing Inquiry-Based PD

Presenting teachers with choices during professional development can increase engagement and provide an archetype that they can use in the classroom. Exposing teachers to inquiry-based PD experiences provides a strategy that could be used to drive student learning. Giving teachers the opportunity to brainstorm key questions encourages inquiry and establishes autonomy and ownership of the…