Which practices helped educators with remote teaching? | Teacher: "Simple is better" during COVID-19 | Psychologist shares how to help students amid pandemic
August 6, 2020
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Which practices helped educators with remote teaching?
Researchers conducting a survey of more than 700 teachers identified three best practices that educators relied on when making the transition to remote instruction this spring. These included collaboration, with many teachers saying they worked together with colleagues near and far as well as students' families to develop processes and resources for instruction.
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Educators preparing for the uncertainty of the coming school year share in this blog post some "dos and don'ts" of teaching during the coronavirus outbreak. Teacher Amy Klein advises peers to keep it simple, promote routine and make time for one-on-one learning, but avoid a 100% screen-based model or assigning more work than would be given in the classroom.
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advanSR encourages parental engagement!
Parents earn rewards as they participate in their students' education process. When both student and parent work together, the family sees tangible rewards as the student succeeds. Engaged parents = more rewards = better results for students.
Tweens & Young Teens
Parents and teachers may worry that remote learning will be harmful to students' emotional growth, but psychologist Dr. Robert J. Jann Sr. says there are ways to make up for the loss. Jann suggests that the key is nurturing students during the coronavirus pandemic by helping them feel competent, lovable and trustworthy.
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Classroom Innovation
Students at Rockford Middle School in Minnesota will gain hands-on experience growing food in a planned, on-campus greenhouse. Part of the goal of the program is to teach students to identify and solve a problem as well as to focus on environmental issues, said principal Bobbi Anderson Hume.
Full Story: Hometown Source (Coon Rapids, Minn.) (7/31) 
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What effective game-based learning looks like
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Thoughtfully-designed video games can serve as powerful tools for teaching and learning, according to Matt Feldmann of the nonprofit MIND Research Institute. In this commentary, he cautions against games that rely too heavily on adaptive algorithms that make game-based decisions for students that they should make for themselves.
Full Story: T.H.E. Journal (8/4) 
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Technology & Connected Learning
Sal Khan, CEO of online education platform Khan Academy, says a digital environment cannot fully replace the value of some in-person learning. In an interview, Khan says he has "huge concerns" about the shift to a fully online curriculum on such a large scale this fall.
Full Story: EdSource (8/3) 
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Middle Grades Leadership
School librarians help navigate digital learning
Librarians have taken on new and expanded roles during school closures and remote learning. Librarians, in particular, are a source of support to help teachers navigate digital learning tools, says middle-school librarian April Stone, who added, "We were always on the front lines for campus tech anyway, and it's the librarians helping not only navigate Zoom, but also best practices on how to use the tools."
Full Story: KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco) (7/31) 
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