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Saturday, September 12 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
The Essential Role of Feedback in Distance/Blended Teaching and Learning

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There is a good chance that many districts in Indiana and beyond will spend some of the upcoming year engaging in blended/distance teaching and learning. This will offer many challenges, but one of the most significant is that during blended/distance learning most of the bridges connecting teachers and students--the small discussions at the beginning and end of class, the quick check-ins, the real-time data via body language and facial expressions--are cut off. This is a major issue for many educators because those quick interactions aren’t just pleasant moments; they are where many teachers gain crucial information about who the students are and how they learn, build relationships with and cultivate positive beliefs within students, and generally create community and humanize the classroom. 

Luckily, however, there is one bridge that will remain open, regardless of how school looks: The feedback teachers give to students. This session, drawn from Matt's experience as a full-time ELA teacher and his recent book Flash Feedback: Responding to Student Writing Better and Faster -- Without Burning Out, will unpack the role that feedback can play during this time, regardless of a class's structure. It will also provide practical feedback strategies that will help feedback in any teaching arrangement, distanced or just socially-distanced, do more when it comes to building connections and community, cultivating positive beliefs and identities in students, and of course, helping students to better learn the content of the class. 

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Matthew Johnson

Teacher, Ann Arbor Public Schools
Matthew is a high school English language arts teacher from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also a writer and speaker who has spent much of the last decade in pursuit of a white whale: Feedback practices that are both effective and efficient. His journey to find more meaningful and sustainable... Read More →

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Dr. Sharon Pratt

Associate Professor of Elementary and Literacy Education, Indiana University Northwest
Sharon Pratt taught reading, writing, and math as a Title I teacher in Iowa for 11 years. At Indiana University Northwest, she enjoys preparing and mentoring both pre-service and in-service teachers in literacy instructional methods. Some of her passions include children’s literature... Read More →

Saturday September 12, 2020 2:00pm - 2:45pm EDT
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