Remote Learning & Lesson Planning

  • TSD Educators remain on contract for the rest of the year. Educators will be asked to commit the time necessary per week in preparation, delivery of service, reflection on online professional practice, and striving for continuous improvement in an online learning environment.

    TSD Elementary teachers should provide three lessons in literacy and three lessons in math per week. Consider attention spans with length of lessons. Specials teachers should also be providing three learning opportunities for their specific content area per week. Consider how specials teachers may partner with core content teachers for design and support or create separate lessons as determined by the building.

    Teachers will provide assignments describing learning goals and activities. These assignments may include a balance of on-screen and off-screen tasks that help connect to previous learning and the current curriculum. Teachers should utilize ReadyGen and Math Expressions as their primary resource for ELA and Math. Educators can use these resources to incorporate SEL and Wellness into their lessons; these resources can help educators create a positive climate and culture for online learning.

    TSD Secondary teachers should provide three lessons per week, per class (with variations in guidance provided for educators with multiple preps). Consider attention spans with length of lessons. We encourage secondary teachers to design learning that could be utilized with small tweaks across different courses. Math teachers should utilize Big Ideas as their primary resource for 6, 7, 8, Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II. Educators can use these resources to incorporate SEL and Wellness into their lessons; these resources can help educators create a positive climate and culture for online learning.

    NOTE: This is an opportunity for re-imagining educational experiences for students rooted in previously-learned content, and it is also an opportunity for licensed staff to build skill in remote instruction.


    Communication with students must be clear and consistent. Students should know on a weekly basis what days work will be assigned, how to access any necessary materials and what the expectations are around the learning including any rubrics that will be used for evaluation and feedback. 

    These are suggestions for the duration of daily time on task for students at each level. This is a ballpark for total amount of time spent in ‘school’ in one day. “Lessons” might go over multiple days…they might be passion or project-based. While our students are natives to the digital world, it is important for students to maintain a healthy school/life balance while navigating online learning.

    The expectation of remote learning in our district is not for students to be in front of a computer for 7.5 hours a day. It is critical to take into account students’ social-emotional, wellness, and mental health needs when determining both the amount of online learning expected, as well as the content of learning activities.

    Please note the "Tips for families" linked on this section of the TSD website.