Critical Components of Remote Teaching

Oct 26, 2023
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Hybrid learning, substitute shortages, and teacher burnout—there’s a good chance you’ve navigated one or more of these challenging scenarios before. Some even describe remote teaching as a revolving door with teachers running in circles.

For students, the school day might be the most regular, dependable, and predictable part of their lives. School is a place with structure and reliable feedback, not to mention friends and social time. But in recent years, we’ve all taken a crash course that tested every aspect of our world, not just teaching.

What did we learn from virtual learning, remote teaching, and school closures? In this previously recorded webinar, Edmentum talks about how remote learning resembles the structure of the flipped classroom.

In the flipped classroom, videos or readings are assigned as homework. Instead of lecturing, teachers are accessible for targeted practice at school in small groups for team learning.

Obviously, one-on-one focus and targeted practice are constrained by the requirements of remote learning. Personal time for lab or practical work might happen in a video conference or by phone, but the assessments and assignments are virtually the same as the classic flip.

Remote Learning Tips

What are some other concepts to consider for education flexibility and for staying ahead of the curve.

  • Remember that personalized learning is focused. Select specific learning resources for learners who need additional material.
  • Plan in one-week increments. Remote schooling can take the format of the flipped classroom. Keeping a uniform cadence for lesson plans keeps everyone on the same page. You never know when snow days or other interruptions will strike.
  • Plan your chain of communication. It might be one person for each school or district who knows everything ahead of time. That person can answer questions about how to log in to the virtual learning system, where to pick up school lunches, what to do for a family who needs rent assistance, etc.
  • Plan for special education and Section 504 plans too! For students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a Section 504 plan, make remote learning contingency plans and make them part of the IEP/504.

Interested in more resources for teaching students remotely? Whether you’ve started implementing virtual days to make up class time or you’re just looking for more information to help prepare for the unexpected, we’ve compiled a list of our best resources to help you and your students get the most out of days out of the classroom.

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