Seize the Moment: Double Down on Authentic Learning
When COVID-19 first disrupted the routines and traditions that constitute school, many teachers grappled for the first time with online instruction, often with little experience or support. The experience of the past months has demonstrated that those who could transition seamlessly to online or hybrid models were already delivering authentic, project-based learning tied to students’ interests or experiences, real problems, and events—and leveraging technology to do it. They provide examples of the way forward post-COVID.
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