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08.07.20 There are No Easy Choices. But It’s Also Not April

It’s a choice between bad and bad for schools: Do they go hybrid/in-person & risk spreading sickness or do they go online only & ensure devastating educational losses that will almost assuredly be deeply inequitable? For those choosing the latter I want to offer two tiny observations about how this fall will be different from last…


07.24.20 Thoughts on Teaching Methods and Schedules Online

A colleague who’s in charge of a large district wrote me recently to ask about scheduling teacher and student time this fall with her district most likely going online. At first I almost said, “Honestly, I just don’t know.” Because really I don’t. I don’t run schools directly and therefore don’t have to weigh all the…


07.15.20 Tips for Online Show Call from Jeff Li’s Lesson

After a bit of a hiatus for other projects, my team and I are back to studying video of teachers working online this week. Yesterday we watched video of Jeff Li, who’s an outstanding math teacher at KIPP in NYC and who has been a guest blogger here before. Jeff was teaching as part of the…


06.15.20 Three Takeaways from Daisy C.’s Outstanding “Teachers vs Tech”

I’ve just finished reading Daisy Christodoulou’s new book Teachers vs Tech: The Case for an Ed Tech Revolution. It is, as everything Daisy writes seems to be, outstanding: clear in untangling complex issues; profound in unexpected ways; grounded in logic and research. Here are three ideas I found profoundly useful from it: 1: To understand how…