The flipped classroom, gamification, social-emotional learning (SEL) are all worthwhile teaching approaches. Yet, if we step back and examine the pedagogy behind these “buzzwords,” we see that the ultimate goal is simply to support meaningful learning. Whether that's learning from home or in the classroom, these practices are simply strategies that all stakeholders can adopt to help their students thrive.
As we adjust to a hybrid environment, flexibility is paramount. One method of instruction doesn’t work for all students, but many modes of instruction can reach many students. Educators must be willing to experiment with methods that may be out of our comfort zone in order to energize and engage students.
Consider the shift to an online format as an opportunity not a disadvantage. We can meet this moment by infusing creativity and collaboration into the daily culture of the classroom.
In this session, I will share practical ideas that will demonstrate how to:
✔️Promote a culture for social-emotional learning (SEL) by applying three signature practices for your daily instruction
✔️Build a learning community by creating an online Personal Learning Network (PLN) experience for each student
✔️Use an organized system or framework to post daily agendas and to create a centralized place for students to share their work, reinforcing their role as collaborators not bystanders
✔️Invite parents/stakeholders into the classroom community by creating a video that explains the course and defines goals & procedures for the year; drive engagement with a follow-up question that begins a dialogue
✔️Foster collaboration rather than competition using group quizzes and assignments that students can work on in the classroom or online