It is 9:00 AM and the first virtual class of the day has started. Students begin to join some with video and some without and a few students talk to each other so several conversations are going at once while others are silent. The lesson begins and it feels to the teacher that they are the only one engaged in the lesson. It is quiet and at times silent when the teacher asks questions. How might we develop structures for all students to be active in their live online classroom?
Teacher Kathy Cassidy has used Skype for years to connect her primary-aged students with the world. So when the company offered free group video to educators, she jumped at the chance. Five classrooms and lots of Lucky Charms to count! Find out what happened and read her “lessons learned.”
Our arts education teachers quietly go about their work, often marginalized to the ‘extras’ or the ‘fluff’ of the school program, writes Canadian teacher educator Brenda Sherry. “And yet, I would argue that they are the PBL experts that we seek!” Sherry describes several attributes of student-centered pedagogy that are common among teachers of drama, music, painting, dance and artistic crafts.