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Connecting with Students Online

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An unprecedented pandemic may change the definition of classroom, but it doesn't have to change your definition of good teaching. Now that you’re making the shift to online teaching, it’s time to answer your biggest questions about remote, digitally based instruction:
  • How do I build and nurture relationships with students and their at-home adults from afar?
  • How do I adapt my best teaching to an online setting?
  • How do I keep a focus on students and their needs when they aren’t in front of me?
Jennifer Serravallo’s Connecting with Students Online gives you concise, doable answers based on her own experiences and those of the teachers, administrators, and coaches she has communicated with during the pandemic. Focusing on the vital importance of the teacher-student connection, Jen guides you to:
  • effectively prioritise what matters most during remote, online instruction
  • schedule your day and your students’ to maximise teaching and learning (and avoid burnout)
  • streamline curricular units and roll them out digitally
  • record highly engaging short lessons that students will enjoy and learn from
  • confer, working with small groups, and drive learning through independent practice
  • partner with the adults in a student’s home to support your work with their child.
Featuring simplified, commonsense suggestions, 55 step-by-step teaching strategies, and video examples of Jen conferring and working with small groups, Connecting with Students Online helps new teachers, teachers new to technology, or anyone who wants to better understand the essence of effective online instruction. Along the way Jen addresses crucial topics including assessment and progress monitoring, student engagement and accountability, using anchor charts and visuals, getting books into students’ hands, teaching subject-area content, and avoiding teacher burnout.

During this pandemic crisis turn to one of education’s most trusted teaching voices to help you restart or maintain students’ progress. Jennifer Serravallo’s Connecting with Students Online is of-the-moment, grounded in important research, informed by experience, and designed to get you teaching well—and confidently—as quickly as possible.


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Table of contents
  • Chapter 1: Holding True to Priorities as We Move Online
    • Connection and Relationships
    • Emotional Wellbeing
    • Engagement
    • Clear, Strategic, and Focused Direct Instruction
    • Guided Practice
    • Differentiated Instruction
    • Assessment
    • Balance
  • Chapter 2: Partnering with Adults at Home
    • Make a Video—or Host a Short Live Workshop—to Welcome Caregivers to Your Online Classroom
    • Survey Students and Families to Understand Needs
    • Share the Weekly Schedule
    • Share Notes on Students’ Work and Progress
    • Record How-To Videos for Using Technology
    • Offer Advice About Setting up a Learning Space at Home
    • Encourage Caregivers to Develop a Schedule and Routines
    • Help Families Know What to Do When Things Get Frustrating
  • Chapter 3: Planning and Revising Curriculum Units for Online Instruction
    • Step 1: Identify Goals and Skill Progressions
    • Step 2: Find Anchor Texts
    • Step 3: Try Out What You’ll Ask Students to Do
    • Step 4: Design Assessments
    • Step 5: Map Out Daily Reading Lessons with Goals and Strategies
    • Step 5: Map Out Daily Writing Lessons with Process and Strategies
    • Streamline and Simplify: Connect Goals Across Subject Areas
    • Choose Monthly and Unit Focuses: Genre, Content, Independent Projects, or a Mix
    • Organize Your Curriculum and Resources in a Learning Management System
    • Approach Your Teaching with Flexibility and Feedback
  • Chapter 4: Managing Your Time Across a Day, Across the Week
    • Understand the Pros and Cons of Synchronous and Asynchronous Teaching
    • Invite Your Students Online with You for Some Time Each Day
    • Plan and Record Short Whole Class Lessons
    • Host “Office Hours” For Student-Initiated Response Time and to Support Adults at Home Who Are Helping Children
    • Make a Schedule for Conferences and Small Groups
    • Preserve Space for Professional Learning and Collaboration
    • Map Out a Weekly Schedule and Set Boundaries
  • Chapter 5: Setting Up Students’ Independent Practice at Home
    • Ask Students to Read Every Day
    • Give Students Access to Paper Books
    • Adapt Your Teaching to Support Students Who Are Reading E-Books
    • Adapt Your Teaching to Support Students Who Are Listening to Audiobooks
    • Create Short Text Packets for Shared Reading Experiences
    • Rethink What It Means to Match Readers with “Just Right” Texts
    • Ask Students to Write Every Day
    • Decide How Your Students Will Compose Their Writing
    • Give Students Access to Writing Materials and Tools
    • Set Up a System for Students to Share Some of Their Writing with You
    • Hold On (Tightly) to Writer’s Notebooks
    • Ask Students to Do Math Every Day
    • Ask Students to Engage with Content Study Every Day
  • Chapter 6: Methods and Structures for Teaching Online
    • Develop Community Agreements and Norms for Participating Online
    • Set Yourself (And Your Students) Up for Videoconferencing
    • Convert Your Live Mini Lessons to Recorded Micro Lessons
    • Make Your Micro Lessons More Engaging
    • Monitor and Guide Independent Practice Time
    • Read Aloud (Live!) to Build Community
    • Record Read Aloud to Engage, Support Comprehension, and Collect Data
    • Study a Mentor Text Together for Writing Craft
    • Confer with Students Live
    • Confer with Students When Your Schedules Don’t Align
    • Set Up and Support Reading and Writing Partnerships and Clubs
    • Engage Reading Partnerships and Clubs with Written “Conversation”
    • Engage Writing Partnerships and Clubs with Written Feedback
    • Engage Partnerships and Clubs with Asynchronous Video “Conversation”
    • Meet with a Small Group of Students with the Same Goal (Strategy Lessons)
    • Move Your Guided Reading Online
    • Apply the Tech Tools and Strategies You’ve Learned to Lead Any Type of Group Online
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