Research Summaries of Group Colleagues’ Work
Summary of Amy’s Research Presentation
Jorgensen, R. (2020, June 9). A focus on empathy in distance learning. Edutopia. https://www.edutopia.org/article/focus-empathy-distance-learning
Amy describes this resource as emphasizing that remote learning can be especially difficult for kids. The focus on written language as a way to disseminate information can be daunting and difficult for children, depending on their age and verbal/linguistic ability. The article discusses how kids need to receive curriculum via multiple delivery methods. In addition, the resource reminds us that we cannot assume that kids have appropriate support mechanisms at home and that it is critical that we rethink how we hold kids accountable, viewing it through the lens of empathy rather than our standard lenses.
Fleming, N. (2020, April 24). Why Are Some Kids Thriving During Remote Learning? Edutopia. https://www.edutopia.org/article/why-are-some-kids-thriving-during-remote-learning
Amy describes this resource as focusing on the positives of Quaranteaching and how it has actually been good for some students. It outlines factors like student distractions are absent, pressure to achieve is lessened, students are not over-extended with curriculum and co-curricular activities or other events. In a review of the positives there is a realization of the benefits of students doing work at their own pace.
Summary of Meg’s Research Presentation
Burns, M. (2020, May 26). Getting ready to teach next year. Edutopia. https://www.edutopia.org/article/getting-ready-teach-next-year
In a review of the past few months, it is clear that educators have been operating in crisis mode. The resource outlines ideas for how educators can address the next year. Meg highlights the following ideas from the resource:
- Be proactive, balance structure and flexibility and determine which curriculum should be online vs. saved for in-person, listen to students in their requests for more collaboration, more choice and more personal choice in their learning.
- Listen to teachers in their need to be prepared, desire to learn how to manage an online classroom and connect with students.
- Recognize the need for the districts to help by preparing students in not only tech, but in the skills of time management and digital citizenship.
Ferlazzo, L. (2020, April 14). 7 tips for remote teaching [Infographic]. Education Week. https://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2020/04/infographic_7_tips_for_remote_teaching.html
Meg highlights the resource’s metaphorical description of Quaranteaching as “. . . trying to build a plane while flying it.” The author outlines 7 or more tips to help with remote teaching including such things as providing more feedback, emphasizing social-emotional learning, delivering curriculum within a context of care and several others. Meg also summarized how the article states that, right now, all teachers are new teachers and there is a need to rethink delivery.
Summary of Joelle’s Research Presentation
Tombrella, A. (2020, May 18). Revising your teaching philosophy for this crisis. Edutopia. https://www.edutopia.org/article/revising-your-teaching-philosophy-crisis
Written from the perspective of a teacher, the resource describes his failure in trying to directly translate face-to-face teaching to the remote environment. To address the failure, this educator decided he needed to review and revise his own teaching philosophy. As he reviewed it, he shortened his existing statements and highlighted 3 main points: concepts are crucial, process over product and relationship is key. From there, he created a new educational framework and charted a path forward consistent with his revised philosophy.
Woods, A., Pettit, S., & Pace, C. (2020). Quaranteaching in the time of Covid-19: Exemplar from a middle grades virtual classroom. Becoming: Journal of the Georgia Association for Middle Level Education, 31(1), 14-25. https://doi.org/10.20429/becoming.2020.310103
This resource was written in a format of a teacher’s journal entries. It described various problems and the approach that this educator used to address the issues. In the example cited by Joelle, the teacher had difficulty getting kids to show up. After multiple approaches failed, she finally surveyed the students for what would work for them. After she implemented the suggestions, participation increased. The author highlighted culture and collaboration, and that in solving problems, it is ok to start with small solutions and build from there.