Reimagining Instructional Time & Space

Empathy and Technology: A Path Forward

By Katie Muhtaris Katie Muhtaris has been an educator for 15 years in both urban and suburban settings and values...
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Empathy and Technology: A Path Forward

Growing Readers Remotely: Three Types of Questions for Personalizing Reading Assessment

Personalizing the learning for students doesn’t mean an instructional free-for-all. On the contrary, personalized learning demands structure such as frameworks...
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Growing Readers Remotely: Three Types of Questions for Personalizing Reading Assessment

Assessing Deeper Learning in Remote Education through Performance Tasks and Project-Based Learning

In an unprecedented move, the president announced on March 20 that standardized testing requirements for states will not be enforced...
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Assessing Deeper Learning in Remote Education through Performance Tasks and Project-Based Learning

Safe Spaces for Voice

Engaging with others remotely requires trust and vulnerability for our students and ourselves. How do we establish and cultivate safe...
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Safe Spaces for Voice

What Does It Mean to Reimagine Instructional Time?

Time is a precious resource and what we regularly pay attention to as teachers clarifies what is most important to students.

This category focuses on creative ways to allocate time within an existing class period or reimagining school schedules.

  • Carve out regular time blocks to focus on inquiry, idea generation
  • Provide parameters / routines for students to encourage self-direction
  • Create flexible spaces and groups that support the focus of instructional time

Empathy and Technology: A Path Forward

By Katie Muhtaris Katie Muhtaris has been an educator for 15 years in both urban and suburban settings and values learning experiences for students that are both innovative and meaningful. Katie currently works with kindergarten through fifth grade students and teachers as an Instructional Digital Age Learning Coach, with a focus on literacy, humanities, and technology. As part of this role she coaches teachers to develop and reflect on their instructional practices in literacy, and...

Growing Readers Remotely: Three Types of Questions for Personalizing Reading Assessment

Personalizing the learning for students doesn’t mean an instructional free-for-all. On the contrary, personalized learning demands structure such as frameworks to ensure effective instruction while students have access to authentic, meaningful experiences. Conferring/conferencing can provide that structure when teaching and assessing. In her book So What Do They Really Know? Assessment That Informs Teaching and Learning, English teacher Cris Tovani defines conferring as "talking to my students one-on-one" in order to "figure out what they...

Assessing Deeper Learning in Remote Education through Performance Tasks and Project-Based Learning

In an unprecedented move, the president announced on March 20 that standardized testing requirements for states will not be enforced for the current academic year. This means teachers won’t have to spend instructional time on standardized test preparation. At countless schools, test prep involves drill-and-kill exercises and students taking numerous district tests that purportedly assess their likelihood of passing the state-mandated test. The suspension of standardized tests also means that many students will not experience...

Safe Spaces for Voice

Engaging with others remotely requires trust and vulnerability for our students and ourselves. How do we establish and cultivate safe spaces for voice? Before we focus on HOW we do this, let’s step back for a moment to examine practices that we may not have been conscious of in the classroom or school space. When thinking of practices that oppress or liberate students, I would say there is not a neutral. Think about the school...

Amplifying Student Voice During Remote Learning and in the Classroom

As we stretch ourselves in new ways to serve our learners remotely, relationships continue to be the important center of our work. When we find meaningful ways to amplify the voices of our students, we communicate to them that they are seen and what they have to say matters. For example, our son’s preschool teacher, Ms. Jill, does a daily Facebook Live Morning Meeting and Read Aloud. He loves to watch and give feedback with...

Remote Learning Experiences Map (AKA Be a filter, not a dump truck)

By Michael Fisher and Allison Zmuda Now that remote learning has been underway for a couple of weeks, we thought it would be a good time to turn down the volume a little and begin the process of focusing on quality over quantity. In our work with educators these last couple of weeks, we’ve observed a few things: Schedules and organization are still important. We want to continue to work on maintaining what we’ve built...

Curriculum Triage: How Do We Manage the Instructional Challenge Right Now?

By Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Allison Zmuda   Right now as we write, there is a ten year old in Seattle who has been at home for two weeks and the charm is wearing off. There is a 15 year old in New York who cannot join his buddies on the neighborhood basketball court outside for after school hoops because it is closed. In many households around the world, there is a quiet rumbling that...

Coronavirus Conversations: Leveraging Networks and Resources for Online Learning

This post first appeared on digigogy and is reprinted with permission. As learners are potentially and quickly shifting from a physical space to a more connected online and public space, teachers want to maintain opportunities for exploration, staying on track with learning goals, all while keeping students safe in a new learning environment. If and when schools close and alternative methods have to be deployed, teachers will want to continue to be clear about student...

#remotelearning- It’s Happening…

This post first appeared on Langwitches: The Magic of Learning and is reprinted with permission. So, it’s happening! After years of other priorities, cautious baby steps, technophobia or technology integration as substitution of the way we have traditionally taught and learned… IT’S HAPPENING. Many schools are being forced to close due to the spread of the Corona Virus, often with little or no preparation time. Administrators and teachers are working frantically to set up platforms...

5 Tips for Families as They Transition to Home Learning

With the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 prevention plans underway, many parents, guardians, and caregivers have suddenly found themselves in the role of the homeschool teacher. In some cases, schools are figuring out how they can best manage online learning. In other cases, schools are taking an extended spring break without sending learning materials home at all. In each case, adults are suddenly finding a lot of time with young people on their hands. I see...