WHAT IS DISTANCE LEARNING?
Distance learning is defined in Education Code Section 43500(a). Distance learning means instruction in which the pupil and instructor are in different locations and pupils are under the general supervision of a certified employee of the local educational agency (LEA). Distance learning may include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
- Interaction, instructions, and check-ins between teachers and pupils through the use of a computer or other communications technology.
- Video or audio instruction in which the primary mode of communication between the pupil and certified employee is online interaction, instructional television, video, telecourses, or other instruction that relies on computer or communications technology.
- The use of print, video, and audio materials incorporating assignments that are the subject of written or oral feedback.
MY GUIDING PRINCIPLES TO DISTANCE LEARNING
- Student Learning- this has always been my number one professional guiding principle. Student learning should occur in any environment at any time. Every year I am adapting to new students, new grade levels and new conditions. I see this as another opportunity to re-think student learning. It won't be easy and it will have its challenges, but "if there is a will, there is a way".
- Flipped Teaching- I feel fortunate in that several years ago, I discovered the Flip Teaching Model (which you can read about on my Home Page) which essentially is designing curriculum ahead of time that you give your students to review on their own so that you can cover more complex and higher level thinking concepts in class. This model works really well in the Distance Learning Environment because I can still provide this curriculum ahead of time and use the "live" instructional time to go over the concepts.
- Standards Based Instruction- The California Physical Education Content Standards have always driven my curriculum and this will not change in the DL Environment. In fact, the standards will really help me focus my attention on the areas that adapt well to DL. For example, there are numerous cognitive concepts (fitness components, training principles, analyzing movement patterns, building plans under inclement conditions, etc.) that can easily be adapted and designed to provide authentic projects to my students.
- Innovative Teaching- I have always taken an innovative approach to Physical Education and as a result, I have always taken risks and experimented with different ways to improve student learning. I see this as another opportunity to be innovative. I will be using more technology tools, producing more videos and being more creative in my live teaching opportunities.
DL Curriculum that I am developing. This is a work in progress and I will continue to add links throughout the year.