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EXPLO Elevate Spotlights GS Math Coordinator Kate Smallberg’s Virtual Teaching Successes
Julian Corbett

Grammar School Math Coordinator Kate Smallberg '04 was recently featured in a roundup of successful virtual teaching strategies from around the country compiled by EXPLO Elevate, a professional network that supports innovative teaching and learning methods. In her contribution to the piece, Ms. Smallberg talks about the ways she’s overcome the challenges of virtual and hybrid instruction, and how she’s helping her colleagues and fellow educators adapt their teaching styles to a virtual learning environment.

“All of the teacher ‘moves’ I knew were in person and physical,” she writes. “One thing I turned to during virtual learning was purposeful content creation, modeling strategies for other teachers and as empowerment to try something new.”

Ms. Smallberg says one discovery she’s made is that flipping the script can be a great tool. Instead of sharing videos where she explains a concept to her students, she’s started making silent videos that illustrate a math problem and giving students the task of narrating the animation, asking them to explain the solutions using the math they already know.

Click here to read Ms. Smallberg’s full comments at EXPLO Elevate, and check out one of her math animations here.

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