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Experts Deepen Learning

Regardless of where the learning is taking place, some teachers are tapping into the experience of experts to facilitate discussions and support the issues being discussed in class. Since everyone is online, sometimes this becomes even easier by inviting an ‘expert’ to join in the virtual classroom. From a Q&A session about COVID-19 with a doctor in Miami for Biology students, to talking with someone who grew up in Cold War Russia for a History lesson, the learning literally comes to life when these experts sit in with the students during their lessons. And experts aren’t always ‘outsiders,’ but rather already in the house! Recently Ms. Pearlz sat in on Ms. Bathija’s English class to teach about visualization techniques before they were given a creative writing assignment on using descriptive language involving their senses to portray their ‘happy place.’