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Remote Teaching and Learning in the Middle and High ELA Classroom
Instructional Strategies and Best Practices

ISBN 9780367723965
Published July 27, 2021 by Routledge
150 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Teaching in remote, distance, and hybrid environments can be overwhelming and confusing and poses many challenges for novice and veteran teachers alike. This book guides teachers through the best practices of English language arts (ELA) instruction and helps them reflect on ways to apply those practices in remote learning and envision future instruction that draws from the most useful aspects of educational innovations. Understanding that remote teaching looks different in each subject, Ruday and Cassidy identify methods specifically designed for middle and high school ELA classrooms.

Designed for use in remote, hybrid, and hyflex environments with synchronous or asynchronous learning, this resource gives teachers a toolbox of research-backed recommendations, ideas, examples, and practices for teaching in unpredictable and new environments. Ruday and Cassidy address essential topics, including writing, grammar, and reading instruction; assessment; differentiation; culturally relevant teaching; family engagement and communication; technology; professional self-care; and more. Teachers will come away with ready-to-implement strategies and insights for high-quality instruction that can be adapted to any kind of remote learning environment.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Visions and Decisions in a New Educational Environment

Section I: The New "Classroom"

Chapter One: Building a Learning Community in the Time of Remote Instruction

Chapter Two: Class Discussion and Student Collaboration in a New Era

Section II: The Potential of Remote ELA Instruction

Chapter Three: A New Format of Writing and Grammar Instruction

Chapter Four: Literature Instruction in the Remote Environment

Chapter Five: Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Teaching and Learning in Remote Contexts

Chapter Six: The Role of Inquiry in Remote Teaching and Learning

Chapter Seven: Assessing Student Learning

Section III: Teacher Roles in a New World

Chapter Eight: Strategies for Communication with Students and Caregivers

Chapter Nine: Reflecting on Technology

Chapter Ten: Taking Care of Yourself

Section IV: Resources

Chapter Eleven: Key Takeaway Ideas


Section V: Appendices

Appendix A Forms, Templates, and Graphic Organizers

Appendix B A Guide for Book Studies

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Sean Ruday is Associate Professor of English education at Longwood University and a former classroom teacher. He frequently writes and presents on innovative ways to improve students' literacy learning. You can follow him on Twitter @SeanRuday and visit his website at

Jennifer Cassidy is an eighth-grade English teacher and English department chair for Chesapeake Public Schools, Virginia. You can follow her on Twitter @Jenn_Cassidy_.