By Zachary Champagne
enVision® Mathematics ©2020 author Zachary Champagne discusses teaching remotely and how educators have conceptualized how to engage with students safely.
As districts and schools consider how to navigate remote learning, there are three guiding principles that will help this transition.
- There is not one “right” way to do this. It is important for teachers, schools, families, and districts to remember that there are lots of solutions to this situation. Just like there are so many powerful and positive ways to run a school district, there are many ways to make this work for each and every school and district. Teachers and schools should work diligently to find what works for their respective situations, and then be willing to adjust as we learn more.
- Connection is fundamental to engagement. When students feel connected to something, they are more likely to engage with each other and the content. This connection might be to their classmates, the mathematics, or the teacher. But, if students are going to engage in the work, they must feel connected to some portion of it. There is a real chance that schools and districts might begin the 2020–2021 school year in a remote setting, so they must consider what it means to build community and how to ensure that students feel a part of something.
- Use the minimum amount of technology to accomplish your goals. Consider what the goals are when engaging with students and think about how these goals can be achieved. Then, determine what technology can support that work. It is important to not try to retrofit this. Do not start by thinking about the latest technology and how to integrate that into the work of your district or school. Instead, consider the ways that teachers can engage with students that require the least amount of technology.