Presentation Title

Best Practices for All Day Synchronous Instruction for Elementary Students

Presenter Information

Julius T. SuFollow

Start

10-2-2020 11:00 AM

End

10-2-2020 12:00 PM

Short Description

There is concern that remote teaching this Fall will prove ineffective, particularly for elementary students from disadvantaged backgrounds. One obstacle commonly cited is the inability of younger students to engage with remote instruction for extended lengths of time. In a study with 60 socioeconomically diverse 2nd to 5th grade students conducted over 6 weeks, we demonstrate best practices for remote teaching that boost student achievement to levels comparable to in-person teaching.

Abstract

Last Spring was an emergency, this Fall is a plan. Millions of students will be taught remotely this Fall, yet there remains widespread concern that remote teaching is a poor substitute for in-person classes. One common perception is that younger elementary students do not have the self-regulation or attention span needed to engage in remote instruction for a full school day. We demonstrate that this is a misconception. During Summer 2020, we used Zoom in combination with a popular Learning Management System to do live remote teaching from 8:15 am to 2:30 pm daily with 60 socioeconomically diverse 2nd to 5th grade students. We developed best practices for remote instruction, assessment, intervention, groupwork, and more. Over 6 weeks, we observed strong engagement and dramatic improvements in Algebra and Writing achievement, with >80% of the 4th/5th grade students able to complete middle-school level work by the end. In this 20 minute session, we will present examples of specific practices that will lead your students to success, and bring joy and accomplishment into your virtual classroom. This session is intended for practicing 2nd to 5th grade teachers as well as educational administrators.

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Concurrent Session

Institutional level targeted

K-12

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Oct 2nd, 11:00 AM Oct 2nd, 12:00 PM

Best Practices for All Day Synchronous Instruction for Elementary Students

Last Spring was an emergency, this Fall is a plan. Millions of students will be taught remotely this Fall, yet there remains widespread concern that remote teaching is a poor substitute for in-person classes. One common perception is that younger elementary students do not have the self-regulation or attention span needed to engage in remote instruction for a full school day. We demonstrate that this is a misconception. During Summer 2020, we used Zoom in combination with a popular Learning Management System to do live remote teaching from 8:15 am to 2:30 pm daily with 60 socioeconomically diverse 2nd to 5th grade students. We developed best practices for remote instruction, assessment, intervention, groupwork, and more. Over 6 weeks, we observed strong engagement and dramatic improvements in Algebra and Writing achievement, with >80% of the 4th/5th grade students able to complete middle-school level work by the end. In this 20 minute session, we will present examples of specific practices that will lead your students to success, and bring joy and accomplishment into your virtual classroom. This session is intended for practicing 2nd to 5th grade teachers as well as educational administrators.