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04.18.20 Video: Retrieval Practice in Asynchronous Instruction

As you can tell from reading this blog, our team has been furiously watching footage of online instruction. We’ve been inspired by the enthusiasm and humility of teachers as they take on sudden new challenges in the name of remote instruction. Last week we watched several teachers doing Retrieval Practice as part of their online lessons. …


04.13.20 More Thoughts–and Another Video–About Online Read Aloud

Last week Beth Verrilli shared a thought-provoking post about the power of Read Alouds in an online setting. Beth noted how the two videos we shared both helped students to understand how to read a given text independently and also connected them to reading and to the classroom community. I found myself thinking about that when…


03.18.20 Our First Round of Videos of Online Teaching

As promised I’m going to share some early video of what teachers are doing online and some observations about what seems to work. Some reminders: None of this is perfect–either what the teachers do or our advice based on it. We’re all figuring it out together in difficult circumstances and on the fly. Right now, as…