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Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century are Different

Recent events with COVID-19 have caused many schools to close down in order to stop the spread of the virus. In some schools, students may be out through summer. What do students do until then? How do we re-think education?

Part of the answer lies in switching over from face-to-face instruction to online or distance learning. It needs to be done effectively. Many colleges have already made the switch. K-12 needs to follow.

As any parent or teacher knows, children and teens need guidance. That includes lessons, benchmarks and learning goals. Students expect direction when in school, but the switch-over to online learning can be bumpy. Don't despair. Learn to adapt and even enjoy the ride.

Distance Learning represents a FUNDAMENTAL SHIFT in education

Distance education and online learning

The difference between directed instruction in the classroom and the use of online learning resources lies in re-thinking these key roles:

  • Teacher (or parent) guides instruction, either in person or through a web platform
  • Student guides their own learning and pacing using lesson plans and online resources
  • Family re-organizes home setup when doing online learning. They balance home schooling with the rest of the family's needs. See this advice to families.

Points to remember

  1. Start with the end in mind: What do we want students to learn?
  2. How do we keep students engaged?
  3. Curriculum, organization and lesson planning are a necessary part of quality education.
  4. Time on task: Learning anything new takes time and patience.
  5. Assessment or comprehension checks are essential components of any teaching and learning.
  6. Apps are an integral part of the online learning experience.
  7. Advice for working and/or parenting from home

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