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04.22.21 Erica Woolway: Lessons Learned from a Pandemic Year

Part 2: New Learning We Can Use This is the second in our series of post around the lessons we’ve learned from remote instruction. In this post we will focus on some of our new learnings – things that hadn’t fully considered before spending a year remotely. We’ve long talked about the importance of Participation Ratio and…


04.21.21 Erica Woolway: Lessons Learned from a Pandemic Year

Part 1 – Doubly Important: Re-Building Community and Attention After a year of synchronous, asynchronous, and hybrid learning, our heads are swirling with new terms, new platforms, and new normals. Now, as we start to emerge, we find ourselves reflecting not just on the challenges of the past year, but about silver linings. Surely there are…


04.09.21 ‘Phrasing Fundamentals’ for Questioning: A TLAC 3.0 Excerpt

I’m on the home stretch, I think- I’m wrapping up the manuscript of TLAC 3.0 this week which means it’ll be out in late summer. Meanwhile I’m going to start sharing some excerpts here on the blog. A couple of them are going to be major as the kids say, but I actually thought I’d start…


03.18.21 Making Hybrid Work: Mika Salazar on Setting Up Your Classroom

For teachers who spent months navigating the transition to all-remote instruction, making a second leap to the “next normal”–hybrid learning–can feel like another massive challenge in an already challenging year (and one that’s twice as daunting as the first!). After all, you’ve still got all the issues of online learning–glitchy internet, helping students feel connected and…


03.12.21 Mastering Online Discussion with Allison Dungey

We’ve just finished watching Allison Dungey’s lesson from Achievement First. She and her kids do a great job discussing Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars and there’s lots to learn about getting the most out of discussions online from watching the clip. Jasmine Lane put together these notes on some of the things we liked:  It’s helpful…