On distance learning...
1)Here’s the part of distance learning—any learning—that many don’t seem to understand.
Teaching is the result of learning. Teaching is more about getting information than giving information. Anyone—any “thing”—can supply information. That isn’t teaching.
2)Teaching is responding to the information that we get back from our learners. We, teachers and learners, share a highly complex language of layers and nuance, through which, even in the most ideal situations (f2f), things get lost in translation.
3)From a distance, such communication becomes nearly impossible. And learning suffers. And now with a call for “greater accountability” and “higher expectations,” learners will suffer. Many will take the call as a sign to provide more work (information giving),
4)which will likely lead to less teaching (information gathering). And though that seems contradictory, it is not. For, whether in-person or from a distance, learning is not the result of the teacher assigning and the student complying.
5)Learning is a shared experience between teacher and student that transcends completing transactions and making marks in the grade book. Learning is a connection born of communication between teacher and student. And that is what we need to focus on in this distance. Success
6)will rest not on how much we assign and record but on how well we connect and respond. And as schools “ramp up the rigor” this fall, they, I believe, would do well to focus on connection and communication as the necessary means to create a learning language to bridge the gap.
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