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What Teachers in China Have Learned in the Past Month

What Teachers in China Have Learned in the Past Month
Since February 17, I’ve been teaching 11th-grade humanities writing to students who are self-quarantined in China. Our teachers were in the same position several weeks ago that U.S. teachers are in now—we were expecting to teach in classrooms in Beijing. Now we’re teaching virtual classes remotely from our homes in China and countries around the world. We had about half a week to prepare for online school, including setting up a digital platform that none of us had ever used before. For the first few weeks, we needed to be very flexible and patient. Everything we would have done in person took longer virtually as we learned to navigate online learning. Since our students have stopped physically attending school, their Chinese classes happen in real time following the regular schedule, using a Chinese app. Here is some of what we’ve learned so far about teaching students who must stay home. Asynchronous Teaching It’s Not All About Screens Teacher Office Hours Tech Support Involve Families

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