Ask an Educator: Bradley Conrad, Ph.D.
Social-Emotional Learning, Perceptive Teaching, and Resources for Educators
Over the past few months, teachers and students have been adjusting their daily routines, schedules, and mindsets in order to make the most of remote education. Remote education is also commonly referred to as remote learning, distance education, or distance learning. It refers to teaching and learning accomplished when the teacher and student are physically separated. This manner of teaching relies heavily on an adapted curriculum, technologies, and increased communication between teachers, students, and families to be effective. This shift to remote education is difficult but essential as we continue to ensure the safety of our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yup’s Learning Team spoke to teachers and administrators across the country to hear what has been especially helpful during this time. We also checked in with Yup students and their families to get their perspective on remote education and what they’d like to see more of from schools.
These conversations, bolstered with research on best practices and the latest news on remote education, inspired this list of actionable tips for both educators and students as they continue to settle in for the near future. It is our hope that these recommendations can make everyday life and learning more manageable for everyone as we work to get back on track.
First up, here are some suggestions sourced from our Learning Team and educational advisors for teachers adjusting to a virtual classroom. As a quick disclaimer, we know that all schools and districts have differing requirements for technology security, so please speak with your administration before adapting your teaching with a new app or piece of software.
Next, here are tips for students and their families to get the most from the new virtual classroom!
Before we wrap things up, we want to acknowledge the reality yet again: this is an unprecedented and tough time for our teachers, students, and their families. Regardless of your role, we hope that this post leaves you with some ideas to take with you to the virtual classroom and home workspace.
In the spirit of looking towards the positives, we do want to call out some of the skills that are uniquely encouraged by remote education. Asynchronous learning empowers students to learn at their own pace, without the pressure of finishing work in the confines of a 50 minute in-person class period. The virtual medium may also push students to ask questions freely and be more vocal when they don’t know things. Remote education pushes students to develop the skills of independence and self-learning that are necessary later in life, especially in college. Students learning time management, balancing a personal schedule, and how to utilize office hours now will see a payoff in preparedness when it comes to college-style learning.
If you’re an educator interested in how Yup for Schools can help empower your teaching in the time of remote education, get in touch here! If you’re a student and your school could benefit from Yup, you can send your teacher this blog post or our schools page!