I shared this on Twitter this afternoon:
These r my criteria 4 success this year in 100% distance learning:
*Do students come 2 my class?
*Do they learn something valuable?
* Do they feel coming 2 my class makes their lives better?
What REALISTIC suggestions should b added (only from people doing distance learning)?
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) September 2, 2020
As you see, I invited others to share what they would change or add. I was very impressed with the replies and thought readers would like to see some of them.
I think these definitions are fabulous, and also suspect that many district leaders around the country have very different definitions:
Do my BIPOC students feel centered? Do they feel like their cultures and backgrounds are recognized? Are gender norms broken down and do my LGBTQ students feel welcomed? Are my IEP students meeting the goals they set? Do students traditionally pushed out of school feel included?
— Andres Perez (@Andresdperez) September 3, 2020
Do my students leave with more wonderings or questions than when they joined?
Are they excited by what they learn?
Do they feel they are seen and heard?
Do they feel connected to me and each other?
Do they feel successful w/the tech they’re asked to use?
— Jim Bentley (@Curiosity_Films) September 3, 2020
What are they curious about? Do they make an honest effort to learn and improve or are they just checking off boxes and passively killing time?
— 🗣🤦🏻♀️ Wear a mask- save lives! (@MadameMoodle) September 3, 2020
Did any of them change their view or find something new?
— eltcentral (@eltcentral) September 2, 2020
They make connections to each other, they gain empathy, and (social studies specific) they become active citizens in the sense they learn from whats going on and look to past missteps to see how to make their futures better. But the last one comes from a combo of the first two
— Kels (@pyci_class) September 2, 2020
Do they leave smiling and / or discussing the lesson or anything relative to it?
— LittleM1 (@Little_M111) September 2, 2020
Are they making connections with each other?
— Roxanne @ work (@ReadAhead1) September 2, 2020
Aligned with your third one- do I create opportunities for student input/feedback, and do they feel heard?
— Melissa Spadin (@MelissaSpadin) September 2, 2020
Were they challenged (academically) in class today? Did they have to step it up to complete tasks/participate?
Did they make a connection about what was learned in class to their current lives, future goals, or past experience?#distancelearning
— Michelle Joyce (@AwesomeScience) September 2, 2020