As our LINC team began to think about how to help schools and district plan for Coronavirus related school closures, we immediately put on our teacher hats. As you well know, teachers are the primary source of support, guidance, and comfort for students and families during times such as these. In addition, teachers feel the added pressure of preventing the loss of valuable instructional time. We hope you find this helpful. Please let us know how we can continue to support your efforts by reaching out to us via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @linc_pd.
Before we dive into the tips and resources we assembled for teachers to support them in a rapid shift to remote learning, here are some overarching thoughts to keep in mind:
- Equity and access: Plan for students and families who do not have access to devices and internet.
- Leverage what is already in place: Now might not be the best time to introduce anything new. Rely on the established routines and technology that students and families are familiar with.
- Schedule communication: Set up a consistent schedule for communication. This could be virtual drop-in office hours using a Google Hangout (which has a phone call-in option). Solicit student and family input early and often. This will convey that you are open to ideas and suggestions to make this work for everyone.
- Self-Care (REALLY): Gift yourself the patience, compassion, and understanding that you so generously give to others. We like this article and its advice: How to Work From Home: 20 Tips From People Who Do It Successfully.
We’ve organized our recommendations for educators below. We’d also value hearing from you about your plans and what is working well as these situations unfold. See Tips for Teachers for ideas to consider as you are planning for remote learning. Access an editable template you can use to share routines and structures for your classroom here.
We have also compiled an Educator Resource List with ideas, tips and resources for remote learning activities.
Finally, we have created a playlist in LINCspring, our virtual professional learning platform, focused specifically on preparing teachers for remote learning. See more here about this playlist or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about LINCspring.
|Teaching and Learning|
|Distributing Assignments and Communication
||Tips: If you currently do not use an LMS, consider creating a Google Classroom. You can use it to simply and easily distribute work and give updates to students and families.|
|Engaging Students and Creating Routines
|Tips: This check can be used for attendance. Create a Google Form to track who is checking in each day.
Sample Prompt: How do you feel about this structure for learning? What is working, what could be improved?
|Engage with Playlists for Independent Learning
||Tips: Check out Meeting the Needs of All Students Through Playlists, a blog post with ideas for elementary, middle school and high school.|
|Online Discussions to Engage Students
||Tips: Fostering Collaboration and Connectivity Within Classrooms
Engaging Online Discussions Google Slides with Ideas for Engaging Discussions
|Collaborative Learning to Keep Students Connected
|Tips: Use this rubric so students can self-assess during a collaborative activity.|
|Establish and Share Clear and Consistent Communication Strategies for Students and Families
||Create communication commitments and scheduling (academic expectations and check-ins)||Consider what engagement should look like in your distance classroom.
Plan for how will you take attendance. (Your administration may have shared this with you already).
Download this editable document, Tips for Parents.
|Solicit Family Input||
||Ask families about what is working and what might need to be adjusted.|
|Conduct Onboarding to Digital Platforms and Tools||
||Be sure your students are comfortable with your digital tools before they leave school.|
|Determine Available Student Access to WiFi||
||Tips: Prepare printed instructional packets in advance for those students who will not have access.|
|Offer Some Fun to Students!
||Tips: Have students create “Picture a Day” Boards: something green, favorite thing in your house.
Virtual “Where’s Waldo:”
Pick a mascot image and hide it everyday somewhere in the online space.
|Create Space for Conversation and Feedback
|Schedule Class Community Gatherings
||Use Zoom, Google Hangouts or Skype.||Use a tool like Flipgrid to keep students connected face-to-face.
This would be a great time to connect students with other schools using #GridPals through Flipgrid.