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Distance Learning

Four Critical Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Practices: Supporting Ourselves and Others in Unusual Times

By Andra Brill / January 8, 2021

We are living in remarkable times. In July of 2020, in the middle of the Covid pandemic, CASEL released what they called an SEL (Social Emotional Learning) roadmap for reopening schools. In collaboration with forty other organizations, CASEL addressed the challenges that schools were facing as they looked to reopen […]

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What can you do when you can’t peek over their shoulders?

By Michelle Morris Jones / October 28, 2020

One of the biggest challenges with remote teaching is our inability to walk around the classroom and hear student thinking!  Looking for those scrunched up faces when students are grappling with something challenging, seeing those smiles when students feel successful, noticing the choices students make regarding materials and processes, listening […]

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Virtual Discourse

By Sathya Wandzek / October 22, 2020

Yes, things are different. Everything is harder, and there are more loops than ever to go through to do the simplest task. So, what’s not different? In all my conversations with teachers over the last four months I continue to hear the same  things: They want their students to feel […]

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What do my students really understand? Building a Bridge from Virtual to In-Person Learning

By Annie Patterson / October 19, 2020

In an in-person classroom, teachers can walk around and take a look at student work, listen in to learners’ conversations, and quickly confer to clarify misconceptions. But in virtual classrooms, students sit behind cameras turned off, too shy sometimes to even type responses to their teachers, much less ask for […]

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Five Ways to Get Students to Turn on their Video During Classes

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / September 3, 2020

There they are – the boxes on the video-conference screen, empty but names or images uploaded. We are hearing from many teachers of learners’ reluctance to turn on their screens during online classes. Disheartening and exhausting to face those void boxes and teach your heart out every day, we know. […]

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What is Virtual Coaching?

By Michelle Morris Jones / August 18, 2020

How can instructional coaches be of service during remote & hybrid learning? We all want to get better. The role of a Leadership or Instructional Coach is to provide job embedded professional development that mediates thinking and allows an individual to access internal resources, reflect on current actions or issues, […]

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Same Beliefs – New Format

By Jennifer Brauner / July 22, 2020

We had two weeks from the time school closed to the re-opening fully online. Over those two weeks, several questions about learning and my students swam in my head: How will we all stay connected? How can I keep engagement going – socially, cognitively, and emotionally? What supports do students […]

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Effective Remote Teaching

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / May 27, 2020

What a spring! We have worked alongside so many teachers responding and adjusting and revising our remote teaching in an effort to meet learners’ needs this spring. The first thing I want to say is, “Wow! You are amazing!” In these past few months, you showed the world that you […]

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Work done at the beginning of the year is paying off now

By PEBC / April 23, 2020

As the education community in Colorado has responded and adapted to the rapid changes necessitated by physical distancing in COVID-19 response, I went out looking for stories and examples of how our network of partner school districts are adapting to virtual learning, and how PEBC Residency participants have played a […]

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Virtual Mini-Lessons Foster Community

By Laurie Wretling / April 20, 2020

“Hi Writers! I am so excited to get to write with you today. I wish I could see you in person, but I am so excited to get those words out of you.” So begins lab host (and staff developer), Kirsten Meyers Blake’s introduction to her fifth graders’ writer’s workshop […]

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“How in the world are we gonna do this?” Rural districts adapt to distance learning

By PEBC / April 15, 2020

As the education community in Colorado has responded and adapted to the rapid changes necessitated by physical distancing in COVID-19 response, I went out looking for stories and examples of how our network of partner school districts are adapting to virtual learning, and how PEBC Residency participants have played a […]

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Listening, Responding, Listening, and Beginning to Understand

By PEBC / April 8, 2020

Recently, we were asked “How do you know whether (or not) your students are understanding?” This was, of course, an accountability question. Fair enough. If my “end-of-unit test” shows that my students do not yet understand place value, I will know to re-teach the concept. There are many discrete skills […]

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Online Learning? No Thanks.

By PEBC / April 1, 2020

As a 5th grade STEM teacher, I am comfortable with technology. My students complete assignments in google classrooms and I have one created for each content area. I am familiar with G suite tools, and several online instructional tools. So I felt prepared when my school district transitioned to online […]

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Seamless

By PEBC / March 30, 2020

Susan Chapla wholeheartedly believes in kids, families, teachers, and schools with every fiber of her being.  She is also a straight shooter and as straightforward as anyone you will ever meet!  Susan is the principal of Van Arsdale Elementary in Jefferson County, Colorado. Van Arsdale is a PEBC project school […]

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Wondering: Finding Positivity in a Time of Unanswerable Questions

By PEBC / March 26, 2020

A typical day in the life of a teacher is carefully planned for, yet somewhat unpredictable. Each day there is wonder and anticipation… Wonder about each students’ agency and engagement? Wonder about how students will solve problems and take action? Wonder if students will be excited to learn? Today is […]

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