#3 – Reorganize Your Lessons for Remote Learning

Unpacking Education September 2, 2020 18 min

The start of the school year has been challenging. Schools and districts across the country are deciding on which teaching model(s) will best support their students. This week’s podcast episode shares digital strategies and tech tips to help teachers design lessons that will work for both remote and hybrid learning models.

Join our Digital Learning Specialists as they discuss best practices for developing a single lesson plan that will work whether you are in a face-to-face, remote, or hybrid model. We share tips for empowering students to become creators and problem-solvers in their online learning process and also lesson plan models that work across teaching environments.

Below you will find resources and tips shared during the podcast episode to support your virtual teaching goals.

Paul Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Rena Clark
Digital Learning Coach
Pamela Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist

Parents are saying teachers need to empower students to get them engaged. If students are just watching a video and filling out worksheets, it’s not going to work. Parents are asking us to let students be the creator and problem-solver, for students to be active in the learning process.

Paul Beckermann, Host and PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist, Elk River Area School District, MN


In this week’s episode, we discuss the following strategies and resources that are available on AVID Open Access for you to explore in more depth.

Navigate Multiple Teaching Models

  • Thrive (Not Just Survive) in Hybrid Learning: The articles in this collection provide efficient and practical strategies to help you plan lessons that address the needs of both face-to-face and remote learners. For example:
    • Station Rotation: This lesson planning strategy amplifies student choice.
      • Consider providing a choice board, where students decide how and when to complete activities within a given timeframe.
  • Tip! Prioritize personal connections during your face-to-face time with students.
  • Tip! Think about your lesson objectives for the week. What do you want students to learn this week? What resources or tools will help you deliver the learning? And what do students need to know to be able to interact in their virtual learning environment?

Digital Tools

Let us help you look for new ways to engage students online. We share tips for the digital tool below in this week’s episode. Each digital tool review in AVID Open Access includes a takeaway tip sheet and overview video.

Flip (Tips): With this free, video-based tool, you can engage students in relationship building, creative demonstrations of their learning, and personalized feedback.

  • Tip! What’s in My Bag? In a remote-learning environment, developing relational capacity doesn’t need to be challenging. Use this activity as a way for students to get to know you and each other.
    • Have each student record a video where they introduce themselves and share five things they would have in their bag on the first day of school.
    • Students can choose to show their face on video, but if they are uncomfortable on camera, encourage them to show their objects.
    • Share yours, too!
    • This is a great way to introduce your students to staff members who they would normally see on-site during the school year.