Remote Learning Principles

8 Things to Consider 
When Embracing Uncertainty

VIS 2020: Remote learning principles

1. Be purposeful 


  • View the situation as a new way to purposefully serve colleagues, students and our families in meaningful, value-creating ways.

  • View challenges as opportunities to be innovative.

  • Leverage our purpose as a tool to touch people’s lives and give our roles as educators renewed significance.

2.  Be aware that we are part of a community 

  • Remind ourselves that we are part of something bigger. 

  • Recognize that we must take care of one another, in spirit and in deed. 

  • Be willing to share stories that reveal the enduring experiences of our community and what really matters.

  • Consider that parents are also part of our community.

  • When feeling anxious, remind yourself we are all in this together.

  • Recognise that we are interdependent and our behaviors can have a ripple effect.

3. Be considerate of our parents 

  • Remember that parents are struggling too.

  • Remember that parents are not teachers.

  • Be clear with academic expectations.

  • Provide opportunities for parents to reach out.

  • Provide clear guidance to parents on how to help their child.

4. Focus on self management 
  • Personalise the response to class/students in managing their social and emotional, as well as organizational needs. 

  • Remember that these skills and dispositions are taught explicitly. 

  • Consider the role ATLs play in supporting resilience and efficacy. 

  • Remember to build in the time for self care.

5. Pare things down to the essentials
  • Identify key learning outcomes.

  • Make assignments purposeful and streamlined.

  • Build in time for students to reflect and refine assignments.

  • Don't be afraid to let something go that is not working. 

  • Slow down and prioritise. 

  • Trust students more.

6. Be agile and responsive

  • Consider that challenging times require us to pivot quickly and frequently.

  • Be wary of buying into an idea prematurely, it may need to change with evolving circumstances. 

  • Recognize that everyone is in a different place, both in their learning and in their inner lives. 

  • Recognise when to pause and reflect, and when to take action; both are critical.

7. Be aware of the need for non-academic pursuits 

  • Value opportunities to move, create, and share.

  • Use time for non-academic activity to promote social interactions as well as personal wellbeing.

8. Be empathetic 

  • Acknowledge another's potential stress.

  • Be aware that parents, students and peers may have personal struggles of which we are not aware.

  • Remember that demonstrating empathy and building relationships will enhance student engagement.

  • Seek opportunities to demonstrate care for (students, parents, colleagues) as well as  the curriculum.