I’m writing the draft of this blog post, under the watchful eyes of my four cats who have decided 6:32 is definitely time for dinner, at the start of week seven of digital/remote learning here in Massachusetts. (Technically, we had three weeks of non-graded, no-new-material remote “non-learning,” but it was so non-learning that I can’t count it. I’ll start with Monday, April 6, 2020, the first day of remote learning.)
In the Extended (above grade level) class, where we always spend part of the year teaching some 8th grade material because many of the students go into a 9th grade algebra course the following year as 8th graders, we skipped any review and went straight to teaching 8th grade material. In other words, the material was totally new to the students, which was an extra challenge for us; in the Standard (grade level) class, we did six weeks of review.
As I started to think about how to write about our experiences, I realized that this series of annotated pictures helped me get a sense of the progression of our learning as brand-new teachers in the world of remote/distance education.