Schedule guidelines allow teachers to plan learning experiences with prioritized goals in mind; set clear expectations and communicate them to students and families; and, most importantly, build continuity, routine, and connection for students in a time of uncertainty.
The digital model is the most common in contexts in which each student has an internet connection. Instruction is delivered online to full classes or small groups. Students log on to a platform to participate in lessons in real-time and submit assignments electronically.
Provide both real-time support and independent work. The above plans provide examples of how to provide a balance of “synchronous” learning, real-time instruction delivered by teachers, and “asynchronous” learning, in which materials are sent back and forth. Ideally, all students would receive both types of learning opportunities.
Ensure sufficient and consistent opportunities to use language: Regardless of format and timing, one of the critical elements of your schedule should be to ensure that students have sufficient and consistent opportunities to use language. Speaking, listening, reading, and writing should all be core to distance learning plans. They are as important for native English speakers as they are for English learners.