The high risks of remote learning
Special to the Chronicle
The rapid switch to distance learning was not expected to measure up to classroom learming.
Students had limited live instruction or ways to collaborate and learn from each other.
That left thousands of frustrated parents and students. Many just logged out.
Local educator face difficult, high-stakes decisions as they plan for how to reopen schools here.
Education Week, an online news service, reported remote learning must continue for some students and districts know they must do better.
This won’t be an emergency anymore.
Parents and students’ expectations will be much higher.
Education Week spoke to more than a dozen district leaders and other experts.
All agreed it requires more planning, teacher support and regular adjustments to adapt to the needs of students, teachers, and families.
Remote learning is the best option for health and safety but not for learning.
This time, schools have time to craft daily schedules for all subjects, develop or adapt curriculum to work in a virtual environment, and devise robust coaching and support for teachers.
Education Week experts advised educators to use their curriculum teams to:
1. Develop lessons that are aligned to standards and have built-in assessments.
2. Revise grading policies so that students’ academic progress can be recorded.
3. Upgrade digital curriculum and resources.
4. When budgets are tight, look for high-quality open-source materials.
5. Develop clear goals for teaching and learning.
6. Organize courses so students can easily work through them.
7. Offer content that allows for deep dives and problem-solving.
8. Provide live video calls and chatrooms for students to talk with teachers and classmates. But also build time into the daily schedules to allow students to work at their own pace.
9. Have coaches to help teachers and students with technical glitches.