Dean Shareski and I got together and had a little chat about teaching and learning during a global pandemic.

Grab a cup of tea or coffee, and get comfy! Let’s consider what we can change to make this experience a time of learning and joy, rather than one of pressure and stress.

Topics discussed include:

  • Not business as usual but business as unusual.
  • Rushing to get it up and out the door but at what expense?
  • Personalized learning and equity- let’s face them head-on.
  • Superintendents and other leaders in general are trying really hard.
  • Let’s acknowledge the readiness of where people are right now.
  • It is a time of grace. We need to give grace to all involved.
  • There is value in unschooling during this time.
  • Let’s let kids chase their passion.
  • Equity and privilege.
  • No one is going to die if we do not do school for a couple months.
  • We need to honor the grieving process. Everyone grieves differently.
  • Your job now is teaching children and not subjects.
  • Math is not your priority right now. You are not a math teacher right now. You are another caring adult in their lives.
  • Let’s focus on equity. Let’s think about different homes and values during our everyone learns at home now.
  • Rise in child abuse because of added stress.
  • What if we had a “choose your own adventure” approach. Some choose remote learning, some not.
  • Let’s let kids gain an appreciation for the arts during this time. How about self expression using various mediums.
  • Teachers can give permission for this kind of learning to happen.
  • Feedback hats rather than assessment lens.
  • Equity problem will not be fixed during this time. But it will come to light. Acknowledge that the issues exist.
  • What are ways you can let your students know you care about them.
  • Kids need to know their is another adult in their life that cares about them.
  • Educational leaders can create legacy through data collection during this time.
  • Measure now what you want to change when we come back together.
  • How do we empower significant, positive change as a result of what we learn along the way?
  • Let’s collect data that shows– How does home life impact student learning?
  • How can educators make a contribution during a time like this?
  • It is the perfect time to look at how teachers are different and have different needs.
  • Expectations should vary because of our situations. We should want to make teachers comfortable.
  • Look at the whole teacher. Differentiation for teachers.
  • Community will help us get through this.
Dean Shareski is available to help your school or district think through what teaching and learning should look like during a global pandemic. You can contact Dean Shareski on Twitter or by emailing him at

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Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice. She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty. Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog and on Twitter @snbeach.

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