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08.13.20 Notes on Starting a Lesson (Online)

Last week I posted a really great clip of Denise Karratti, a middle school math teacher from Hawaii teaching her kiddos remotely back in May. Her procedures and routines and her culture were fantastic. Today I thought I’d take a more careful look at how she starts her lesson because it’s a really nice case study….


07.30.20 ‘Semi-synchronous-ness’ is our new favorite thing

I’ve been writing a lot here lately about the synergies between synchronous and asynchronous lessons- about how they balance each other out and how a good lesson could actually be a hybrid, moving back and forth between synchronous and asynchronous activities…. it needn’t be one or the other. After Darryl Williams put together an amazing lesson…


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…


05.27.20 (A)synchrony In Action: Eric Snider’s Hybrid Lesson

By now most people are familiar with the terms synchronous and asynchronous… and with the benefits and limitations of each type of online teaching. Synchronous teaching lets us check for understanding, build habits of engagement and accountability, and gives us the chance to build connections with students. But it’s limited in the depth of the work…


05.03.20 Antidotes & Dosages: Quick Thought Re. Online Learning

Even if something is valuable the dosage matters. Too much of a good thing is no longer a good thing. In the end, nothing worthwhile survives excess. I’ve always felt this keenly about synchronous remote interactions–conference calls back in the day and now zoom calls. I can’t speak for anyone else but I start to fade…