Teaching & Learning Photos

What Remote Learning Looks Like During the Coronavirus Crisis

By Emma Patti Harris — March 23, 2020 1 min read

We asked parents, students, and educators to share what their home learning environments look like as nearly all schools are shut down for extended periods because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Maddie Judge, a 2nd grader in Baltimore, Md., has built her own schedule and is now working on a remote learning platform.
Maddie Judge, a 2nd grader in Baltimore, Md., has built her own schedule and has replicated other traditions of a school day.
Cindy Buchanan, program director for library services in the Aldine Independent School District near Houston, gets assistance from her pup, Zilly, as she works with the curriculum team to develop learning options for students.
Michael Mueller, an 8th grade math teacher in Minnesota, has been working to adapt his curriculum for distance learning. He’s been working on recording lessons to push out to students and preparing assessments, checks for understanding, and discussions. His main concern is how to equitably give grades to students. He’s worried whether it’s fair to grade these students who have never done online learning.
Julie Carter, a mom of four boys (grades 3, 5, 6 and 9) in San Antonio, Texas, has had her sons reading, playing in the rain, and discussing feelings and emotions while waiting for their teachers to post their work as the district starts distance learning. Carter is also an SEL behavior coach for the North East Independent School District and has been working on creating resources for teachers and parents in the district to use.
Amelia Frenkel, a mom in Arlington, Va., has scheduled lesson plans for her two sons for each day.
Amelia Frenkel, a mom in Arlington, Va., tries to replicate her sons’ lesson plans from their schools, including some sensory activities from a local Montessori school.
Julie Carter, an SEL behavior coach for the North East Independent School District looks at free online games to include in resources she is creating for teachers and parents in the district to use.
Eliza Smith, a 6th grader at Clawson Middle School in Clawson, Mich. organized a virtual lunch table with her friends so they could all eat together and talk. Her teachers have been passing on assignments through Google Classroom and she’s also been doing some independent science experiments thanks to random YouTube videos.
Amy Parkinson, dean of students at Pembroke Academy in Pembroke, N.H., has been conferencing with her departments and administrative team, finding resources to support her teachers and students, and trying to reach out and support school community members. Her cat Pixie keeps her company.
Margaret Carpenter, the librarian for H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington, Va., has been pulling together countless resources for students during the closures.
Julie Carter’s four boys (grades 3, 5, 6, and 9) have been spending time playing in the rain while waiting for their teachers to post their work as the district starts distance learning.
Jennifer DesRochers, a science teacher for Dalton High School in Georgia who teaches anatomy, environmental science and biology has been trying to figure out how to translate labs into online activities, which has been quite challenging.
Marie Erickson, a Secondary Education English major at Catholic University, is completing her student teaching remotely. “This has been a big transition and not exactly what I envisioned as part of my student teaching experience, but it has made me so proud of the ingenuity and creativity of teachers who are making distance learning work. Our students are working hard from home, and I am grateful to be here for them—and I’m also grateful that my dog Petie keeps me company in this new setup.”

A version of this article first appeared in the Full Frame blog.

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
Equity, Care and Connection: New SEL Tools and Practices to Support Students and Adults
As school districts plan to welcome students back into buildings for the upcoming school year, this is the perfect time to take a hard look at both our practices and our systems to build a
Content provided by Panorama Education
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Classroom Technology Webinar
Here to Stay – Pandemic Lessons for EdTech in Future Development
What technology is needed in a post pandemic district? Learn how changes in education will impact development of new technologies.
Content provided by AWS
School & District Management Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table: Strategies & Tips for Complex Decision-Making
Schools are working through the most disruptive period in the history of modern education, facing a pandemic, economic problems, social justice issues, and rapid technological change all at once. But even after the pandemic ends,

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Reading & Literacy Spotlight Spotlight on Blended Learning With A Literacy Focus
In this Spotlight, discover the successes of blended learning and more.
Standards Opinion Common Core Is a Meal Kit, Not a Nothingburger
Caroline Damon argues Rick Hess and Tom Loveless sold the common core short, claiming the issue was a matter of high-quality implementation.
5 min read
Image shows a multi-tailed arrow hitting the bullseye of a target.
DigitalVision Vectors/Getty
Teaching Opinion The Overlooked Way to Think Creatively When Solving Problems
In our eagerness to add options and opportunities, we forget the power of subtraction. Here’s how to brainstorm more effectively.
Leidy Klotz
1 min read
Images shows a stylized artistic landscape with soothing colors.
Getty
Teaching Opinion 'Cultivating Student Questioning Is Not a Onetime Thing'
Five educators and authors discuss ways to cultivate students asking questions, including through "question-storming."
15 min read
Images shows colorful speech bubbles that say "Q," "&," and "A."
iStock/Getty