Digital Learning - My Top Tips for Keeping Students in an Engaging Routine
Where do we BEGIN?
This has been a crazy, unprecedented week for teachers around the world (and everyone else). I know many of you are in the same boat as me, leaving your classrooms on Friday and not being 100% sure about when you'll be back next. My board actually isn't requiring us to post any digital learning at this point, however, I know many teachers are now trying to scramble to pull digital assignments together and I am here to help!
While I am not being required to post daily lessons, I am going to post a schedule and some options for my class to do. A lot of these students really thrive on routine and I can only imagine what 3 weeks off will look like for them at home. When I left on Friday, I can tell you the mood was not fun. None of my students were celebrating the time off.
Here is a sample of the schedule I sent out:
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I consider this schedule to be very self-guided and not mandatory by any means. If you are required to send work/lessons, I included an editable version of this schedule on the freebie page as well so you can customize it to suit your needs.
What kind of lessons can be done from home?
I have categorized some ideas and options for different subject areas below. I hope this helps! This is available in my Free Resource Library as a PDF with Clickable Links!
None of us can really be sure about how long this will last - but I hope that this page has provided you with some relief and ideas to get inspired by. Digital Learning is NOT what any of us signed up for, but it's something that allows us to still keep in touch with our students at this time where we can't control too much else around us.
Don't forget to practice patience and grace throughout all of this. Some parents won't be able to give their children full access to their technology if they are required to work from home. Some parents won't have time to enforce these schedules. Some families could be experiencing illness, self-isolation, anxiety, etc.
I think the best way to check-in with your students is by keeping them in the forefront right now. Some ideas for helping ease student anxiety are:
Google Form: Emotional Check-In - make this part of their morning routines or literacy activities! See how they are feeling and what is going on at home.
"Self-Care" Writing: have the students write a list of things that help them calm down or relax when they are feeling anxious or down.
Voice Memos: attach a voice memo to a Google Slideshow so that your students can hear your voice and feel a little bit closer :) See @hellomrsharwick Instagram highlights for how to do this.
Stay well. If there's anything I can do for any of you - please reach out via Instagram.