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Rigor in the Remote Learning Classroom
Instructional Tips and Strategies

ISBN 9781003107484
Published September 16, 2020 by Routledge
134 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Learn how to keep the rigor and motivation alive in a remote learning or hybrid K–12 classroom. In this essential book, bestselling author Barbara R. Blackburn shares frameworks and tools to help you move online without compromising the rigor of your instruction. You’ll learn…

  • how to create a remote culture of high expectations;
  • how to scaffold so students reach higher levels of learning;
  • how to have students collaborate in different settings; and
  • how to provide virtual feedback and deliver effective assessments.

You’ll also discover how common activities, such as virtual field trips, can lack rigor without critical thinking prompts. The book provides practical strategies you can implement immediately to help all students reach higher levels of success.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Rigor and Remote Learning

Chapter Two: Planning for Rigorous Learning in the Remote Classroom

Chapter Three: Expectations in the Remote Classroom

Chapter Four: Scaffolding and Support in the Remote Classroom

Chapter Five: Demonstrating Learning in the Remote Classroom

Chapter Six: Rigorous Assessment in the Remote Classroom

Chapter Seven: Challenges Related to Rigor and Remote Learning

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Barbara R. Blackburn is the bestselling author of over 25 books and is a sought-after consultant. She was an award-winning professor at Winthrop University and has taught students of all ages. Barbara can be contacted through her website at www.barbarablackburnonline.com.

Melissa Miles is a middle school language arts teacher. Previously, she was Director of Educational Resources at a school in North Carolina. She has almost 20 years of classroom teaching experience. She is also twice credentialed as a National Board-Certified teacher, works as a SpringBoard Curriculum consultant to College Board, and is a certified member of the site visitation team for the Schools to Watch award.


"Absolutely fabulous! Rigor in the Remote Learning Classroom is a comprehensive K-12 'how to' treasure trove of strategies, resources, grade-level models, samples and more! It purposefully addresses the demands and intricacies of educating our students to their fullest potential through--the now needed--online remote learning. In this book, Barbara Blackburn has done the research and vetting for us. Thank you, Barbara! After reading, I know teachers will feel better equipped and confident using remote learning as they strengthen and enhance their planning, preparation, delivery, and assessment of students’ learning of standards and skills through individual and collaborative means."

--Laurelle Texidor, New London Public Schools Secondary Director

"[This book]is a timely guide and important reminder for administrators and teachers during this unprecedented time. Blackburn presents a framework for teachers to adapt to remote learning not by lowering expectations for their students or themselves, but rather by developing a scholastic environment rooted in rigor."

-Michael McLaughlin, Head of Middle School at Austin Preparatory School in Reading, Massachusetts