This visual arts teacher steps outside the box for remote learning

This visual arts teacher steps outside the box for remote learning

Staying connected during COVID-19 [teacher spotlight]: Aaron Troyer

In partnership with eSchool News, Illuminate Education is spotlighting teachers in a series recognizing educators, the way they have moved instruction online during COVID-19, and how they have prioritized the needs of their students.

Aaron Troyer
Visual Arts Teacher
Journey School
Capistrano Unified School District, CA

“We have the opportunity to help motivate students to create something that’s not just for a grade, but is something that their friends are going to see and engage with.”

How are you moving to a remote learning model?

Moving to a remote learning model was definitely an adjustment. As far as their assignments go, I am creating a piece of art and taking pictures of it step-by-step. I initially tried to create videos for my students and upload them to a server, but encountered a lot of technical issues. I also didn’t want to put that stress on my students if they couldn’t access it. Also, doing live videos would be a challenge for my students who would need to pause and start the video many times so that they could do the project at their own speed. It made much more sense for my students if I uploaded the assignment to a Google Doc with really detailed instructions for them to follow. I post new assignments twice a week. They have really latched on to it.

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