In schools without enough excellent teachers working in person, students shift from other teachers’ classrooms into classes of willing excellent teachers who are teaching remotely (staying within reasonable class-size limits), and schools pay these excellent teachers more. Other teachers, whether teaching on site or remotely, have proportionally smaller classes and, as new people enter under new employment arrangements, lower pay. This model can be used to induct newer in-person or remote teachers with smaller classes, or simply to maximize the number of students benefiting from available, excellent remote teachers. In-person monitors are required. Reach Effect: approximately 10%–40% more students reached with excellent teachers.
Picture the possibilities for remotely located teachers
If you find this sort of teaching hard to envision, Grand Rapids, MI, physics teacher Andrew Vanden Heuvel has an exciting video to show you how it’s happening now—through his virtual field trip to Switzerland’s Large Hadron Collider as the first person to teach a science class from insider the collider’s tunnel (and one of the first to bike through it!). As Andrew says on his blog about the trip, “It’s not about the technology, but what you can do with it.”
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