#104 Teaching from Home: Michael Pershan – Zoom, Assessment for Learning and a careful choice of questions

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Hello and welcome to another episode of the Mr Barton Maths podcast, with me Craig Barton.

This is another episode in my Teaching from Home podcast series – a series dedicated to supporting teachers who are working from home amidst the Covid-19 outbreak of 2020.

My aim is that you will hear from a wide variety of teachers, sharing a wide variety of experiences. There will be technology focussed episodes – just how does remote teaching work? But also episodes focussed on the practicalities of coping with setting students appropriate work whilst also having to look after your own children at home. Then there are issues of safeguarding, differentiation, mindset and more that I hope will come up as we progress. There will be maths teachers, teachers of other subjects, and primary school teachers. There will be teachers from the UK and overseas. Hopefully something for everyone. I have no idea how long this series will go on for – but so long as people keep listening and hopefully finding it useful, I shall continue!

This time I spoke to US maths teacher Michael Perhsan who shares his perspective on what life is currently like living and working in New York, and then we dive deep into how Michael uses Zoom at the start of his lessons, including a clever use of the chat function as an effective assessment for learning strategy.

I hope you enjoy the episode and find it useful. And please stay safe

On Twitter, Michael is @mpershan

Michael’s blog posts about teaching from home are:
What are the fastest, simplest ways to get student work while using Zoom and Google Classroom?
After three days of distance learning, here’s what I now understand

My usual plugs:

Thanks so much for listening, stay safe, and I really hope you enjoy the show
Craig Barton

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