Remote Learning — Week 1
The COVID-19 pandemic closed New York City schools down two weeks ago. After a week of preparation, we officially transitioned to remote learning on March 23rd. Having just completed our first week, I asked for feedback from my students. I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Was a bit anxious asking students for feedback after the first official week of remote learning, but the results were positive and heartening. Plus they gave me lots of great suggestions! As with everything, we’ll get through this together.— Patrick Honner (@MrHonner) March 28, 2020
In the thread that follows the above tweet, I share some things students say are working for them. One of those is flexible scheduling: All of the required work is asynchronous, which allows students to figure out for themselves the best time to get work done. A recurring sentiment in the feedback is the value of learning at my own pace:
“I could actually take my time to comprehend the lesson plan on my own pace.”
“That I could do work mostly when I felt like it, instead of being stuck to doing it between 8:45 and 10:15.”
“I was able to finish all my work in my own time without having to catch up to anyone in class”
“There are times I get stuck on a math problem and I would just put it aside and have it at the back of my mind while I do something else and come back to it at a later time.”
A lot will have changed by the time the coronavirus has passed. As we start our journey into remote learning, I wonder how my teaching will change. It seems I’ll have plenty to think about.