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Do's and Don'ts of Remote Learning for ELA and Math

July 17, 2020
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In response to the COVID-19 crisis in March 2020, the sudden shift to remote learning (and the strong potential for continued remote learning through Fall 2020 and beyond) has posed an enormous challenge for teachers of all students. There are also a number of specific considerations that teachers of English Learners (ELs) must take into account during the transition to and continued employment of remote instruction and hybrid classroom models.

Successful English Learners (ELs) develop both language and content knowledge simultaneously, and they learn best in face-to-face interactions that both challenge and support them. However, during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of schools are shuttered and more than five million ELs are learning from home.

In March, ELSF surveyed educators. We wanted to listen to teachers’ authentic reactions and learn how our nation’s quick shift to distance learning impacted their practice. The results from that survey indicated that while teachers were adapting at lightning speed and utilizing a myriad of online learning systems, apps and paper packets to promote continued learning, they still had unanswered questions about how to best serve their ELs in the new learning format. These Do’s and Dont’s are our best thinking to address some common threads specific to ELA and Math instruction.

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