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With recent spikes in COVID cases, my district is moving back into remote learning for the next two weeks. If your district is doing the same, this article will share some ideas I am using for this short term hiatus from in-person instruction to ensure learning continues.

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Suggestion #1: Be specific with what you want to achieve.

If you don’t use your state learning standards to guide your instruction, now is a great time to start. Textbooks and curriculums are great resources, but now is not the time for overly robust experiences, designed for the classroom, that may not land as desired in the remote learning.

Instead, I recommend you look at the learning objective(s) for that topic in your state standards. Focus on finding that “performance verb” such as “analyze,” “categorize,” or “evaluate.” This word will help you as you modify or create an assignment that still meets the objective in a remote setting. …


Features of my classroom that my students feel are creating a productive learning environment in an atypical school year.

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Looking Toward Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Most schools in the United States are not functioning as they normally would. This means that students are either exclusively online, meeting in a hybrid structure with alternating in person and remote learning days, or some blend of the previous two environments.

Having reflected on some takeaways from last year in my last piece entitled, Five Ways School Closures Could Cause a Productive Change in Learning, I decided to take my own advice and consider how to change my classroom procedures to facilitate learning through differentiation, asynchronous learning (when appropriate), and positive classroom culture. …


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Pure project-based learning (PBL) is an instructional model that is always of interest to me, as it focuses on empowering students to put their best effort forth by affording them the autonomy to make choices, which combined with appropriate resources and support, often leads to high student achievement. As much as this seems ideal, the implementation and cultivation of an effective classroom environment in which students have virtually full autonomy has often remained just beyond my reach.

When given the opportunity to teach a computer science course, anchored primarily in skill development with the goal of showing mastery through content creation, it felt like the right time to shine for PBL. …

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