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…

Elena Aguilar Reveals Her Own Virtual Coaching Experiences

Elena Aguilar, instructional coaching expert and author, gives insights into what makes an effective instructional coach during a time of virtual coaching. Elena Aguilar believes coaching doesn’t depend on being in-person. Good coaching depends on helping someone unpack what they think, believe, and feel. Elena shares how Covid-19 provides an opportunity for stronger relationships and…

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…