We all know that very familiar adage, practice makes perfect—or as my third-grade teacher liked to say, practice makes permanent. It’s an all-too-familiar phrase that perfectly sums up the idea that the more you work on something, the better you get at it over time. Ask any expert, no matter what their particular field of expertise, and they will tell you the exact same thing. They got to where they are today by making their field of expertise a daily discipline and working on it every single day.
Imagine this scenario: a star 5th grader is forced to stay home from school but continue learning. She’s accustomed to earning teachers’ praise and loves being the center of attention when she demonstrates her knowledge at the board. What happens when these special moments evaporate? She’ll probably turn to her parents for recognition. But they may be too busy maintaining their careers, managing a new kind of household routine, and caring for her younger siblings.
In our preview post, we shared a bit about setting expectations when assigning tasks remotely, along with the benefits of print versus digital assignments. Now, we’ll explore a range of assignment types that promote engagement and inquiry in a distance learning environment.
WHAT SHOULD BE THE EXPECTATION?
As more schools close due to the unforeseen impact of the coronavirus, districts are coming up with unique ways to keep the learning going. Educators are being tasked with teaching students at a distance while also creating inventive assignments to keep their classes on track and complete this academic year.
The COVID-19 crisis is changing the country as we know it. With cancellations of well-established events like the Olympics, school districts closing, distance learning becoming the only option for education, and economic turmoil looming, there is no shortage of stress.