Helping Teachers Take Control of Remote Instruction

There’s no doubt that remote instruction has been overwhelming for many teachers across the world. With the sudden outbreak of the Pandemic, many teachers found themselves ill-equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to effectively plan and deliver virtual instruction that is engaging and differentiated. While many teachers have moved out of their comfort zones to learn how to navigate new technology platforms and learn how to use resources to make their instruction engaging and meaningful, some still continue to struggle. In addition, while parents have always had an essential role in their children’s learning, now more than ever, they have an even more prominent role in their children’s schooling and education. They are now expected to support children with navigating the technology, explaining learning tasks, and ensuring that children follow the teachers’ expectations during synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

As in instructional specialist, my role naturally involves providing ongoing support for reading coaches and teachers; and since I’m a teacher at heart, my ears are always perked as I’m always on the lookout for ways to make teaching and learning easier, more engaging, and supportive for teachers, students, and families. As such, I have created this Virtual Library of Instructional Resources to provide teachers and parents with the necessary tools and resources they need to support children’s learning in the classroom and at home. The library provides resources that are engaging, accessible, high quality, and free! Teachers already spend so much of their own money to improve learning for their students, and I don’t think they should have to spend more money to access the resources they need to teach well.

Recently, I also delivered a webinar with EdChat Interactive where I discussed some of the challenges with remote instruction and ways to alleviate those challenges. In this presentation, I highlight some of the resources in the library while demonstrating some of the techniques teachers can use to promote student engagement and differentiation during synchronous and asynchronous instruction. I hope you find these resources helpful. Please share your comments below, and feel free to email me at tsihly@gmail.com with questions. Thank you.