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Student engagement remains a challenge in distance learning

September 9, 2020

Because content is being delivered through technology, it’s less compelling and makes interactions more challenging. Shortly after closures, Taren Villecco, a 5th grade teacher at Ryan Elementary School in Boulder Valley School District in Colorado, said she was teaching to a “computer that can’t speak back” and had to “just wait for students to respond.”

To offset the dry nature of video lessons, some educators are bringing out their “inner entertainers” to grab students’ attention. Jonte Lee, a Washington, D.C., high school chemistry teacher, records experiments in his kitchen and uses his refrigerator as his whiteboard.

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