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Q: Here we are with online instruction again, with many schools doing both remote and in-person learning simultaneously. Are we learning anything about teacher-led online instruction that can help us after the COVID crisis is over?

Yes. We’re learning that technology-dependent K-12 learning has no future beyond the pandemic. It’s a stopgap, not a path forward.

For those who don’t know how things are working in many classrooms these days, students who must remain at home are led remotely by teachers who serve as a kind of wizard behind the curtain. Instruction is accomplished through video conferencing platforms like Zoom or Microsoft Teams, assisted by learning management systems like Canvas or Blackboard, and bolstered by a range of programs like Edgenuity, Google Classroom, or Odysseyware.

Just since the school year has begun, I’ve heard dozens of complaints from teachers and parents about the poor quality of teacher-led online instruction.

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Sarasota teachers unhappy teaching in-person and remote students

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Ryan McKinnon
| Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Teachers in the Sarasota County School District are widely dissatisfied with a new requirement for them to provide both in-person and remote instruction, and district leaders are working on adding preparation time for teachers into the school calendar in the coming months in response.

Surveys conducted by both the teachers’ union and the School District showed that teachers feel overworked. On Tuesday, district spokesman Craig Maniglia confirmed that the administration was working on plans to give students one day off in October and November to allow teachers more time to prepare.

“The majority of the problems we are hearing is they don’t have the physical time to do this,” said Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association President Pat Gardner said. “They are working nights, Saturdays, Sundays, not even seeing their own kids anymore.”

Administrators developed the new model, referred to as “concurrent instruction,” over the summer to provide

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