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Mix Up Lesson Format (Remote Learning)


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Mix Up Lesson Format (Remote Learning)

Especially for remote students with weaker attention, memory, or reasoning skills

Teach It!

  1. Objective: Vary the modality of remote lessons and assignments throughout a student's day so they are not staring at a screen continuously.
  2. Instruction: a) Daily assignments should include a combination of online and offline formats. Online: videos, websites, research, group chats. Offline: reading, writing, projects, drawing, podcasts. b) Mix up the sites/apps you assign and/or allow students to choose. c) Students will differ in their preferences and comfort with different sites because of the design, amount of text, quality of voice, distractions, etc. d) Include some choice in assignments so students can choose to work where they are most comfortable
  3. Take Note: While the variety is important to help all learners, too much variety or choice could feel overwhelming to students (and for teachers doing the planning!) Find an appropriate balance that changes up format but doesn't feel like things are constantly changing.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

Remote learning can highlight differences in how students learn even more than a regular classroom. Students with weaker attention might have a harder time paying attention. Students with weaker spatial skills might struggle with so much screen time. And students with weaker memory might struggle with retention. Intentionally changing up the format can help all students succeed.