Remote Teaching and Learning in the Middle and High ELA Classroom
Instructional Strategies and Best Practices
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
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 www.seanruday.weebly.com.
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_.