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Day 109 Remote

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Earlier in  the year I wrote a post [Love First] about the closing of schools, and the resulting loss in the hearts of teachers that comes with cleaning up of vacant classrooms.

Teachers, often with a week’s time when the covid pandemic hit, offered educational changes online or in packets for students so school could continue. They are heroes in our communities, for sure. If you haven’t taken the time to thank them, please do.

Remote learning was difficult, and it surely is if the goal is to recreate a physical classroom’s atmosphere.  But remote learning is different, though the pedagogy of learning is not.

First and foremost, it’s the relationships developed through careful connections and kindnesses that create a learning community. Without that care — online or face-to-face, learning seldom happens.

Learning remotely involves integrating technology tools in ways that engage and involve students in conversations and collaboration through choices that enable student agency in the learning process — it is the pedagogy, not the technology that promotes learning, even and especially in remote, online learning. And, everything is not online: students work within their own homes on projects, with the materials available, to learn and practice objectives that may or may not be shared online. Online connections encourage the focus and framework for flexible learning.

But what does this mean? Many teachers have taught online for years; learn from their experiences.

From my Love First post, here are resources to clarify this:

If you’re a teacher looking for online resources, there are many out there now that do not require paying a company or person to show you how: find those who have already been teaching online for years.
The important thing to remember is the heart of teaching starts with relationships. The learning comes with the pedagogy of teaching and learning, not the technology.
That said, the technology implemented from a pedagogical focus provides teachers and students with the how of learning remotely.

A few people who know a few things about remote learning:

Laura Gibbs: Online teacher using blogs as hub

Edublogs— a platform for classrooms and blogging with excellent support
Michelle Pacansky-Brock
Hybrid Pedagogy — a group of thoughtful educators
Sean Michael Morris
Larry Ferlazzo — Classroom Teacher and Author — Blogs on Edublogs platform
Scott McLeod– former principal and teacher; leader in educational technology
Thomas C Murray
Jennifer Gonzalez: Former middle school and pre-service teacher
The above resources discuss pedagogy and specific practices that encourage online learning and student agency and engagement. I’ve found blogging and Google Classroom to be most adaptable to pedagogy that promotes improved teaching and learning.  Here are resources on using the technology– but remember, it’s the pedagogy that makes the difference to learning.
Catlin Tucker — classroom teacher and author
Leaders for Google Classroom:

Slidesmania by Paula from Uruguay

We can rethink learning, rethink schools. Are you ready?

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Art and Poetry by Sheri

Photography by Sheri with art from my class, pasted along the hallways in support of kindness and respect, a reminder of relationships.

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Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker

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