Tech Tips and More Recommendations from Our Recent Coffee Break

Hello colleagues, Here are some additional useful tips and recommendations from our recent coffee break. In this list, you will find tech tips, recommendations for how to structure virtual classes, and links to some recommended professional development resources. Once again, I want to thank those who shared!

Please feel free to add your own ideas to this list. Your questions are always welcome, too!

Take care, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, English Language Acquisition CoP

Tech Tips & Helping Students Gain Access to Technology

Structuring Online Learning 

When Online Learning Is Not Possible

  • Patsy Egan: “When online work isn't feasible, using packets - here are some tips!”

Opening In-Person Classes

  • Terri Gunn: “Masks are required at all times. Teachers have clear shields for speaking as students need to see our mouths move. The desks are distanced, but this also forces us to lower our capacity. We could accommodate 500, but now it will be less than 200. I think we could reach a point of having a waitlist if we can maintain our opening.”

Professional Development Resource Recommendations


A new concept to me was the act of building on understanding based off the learners native social structures in language. This makes sense when you consider scaffolding learning and I hope to study this topic more. Repetition without changing any phrases is a concept that I hope to implement in my classes. I have seen and used the Washington LD Screening Tool but I would like a refresher or updated training for this as it has been quite some time since I was trained in it and have not used it much recently.