Teachers are being thrown in at the deep end with distance learning and are being asked to go remote in many cases and teach online. For some, this is reasonably doable as you may have been integrating technology in your lessons already, but for many of you it's like a whole new job description as you navigate unfamiliar waters and feel like a first year teacher again.
Add to all this drama, what are our poor students going through?! They're finding these changes challenging too, many of whom struggle to study and focus in lessons let alone with all the distractions available to them at home! And so while teachers are navigating this new remote learning world, you are also expected to support the students as they struggle to study at home too.
Just when we thought teaching couldn't get any more challenging..!
In order to help ease some of these struggles, I'm going to share with you some tips and resources to help make this whole transition to distance and remote learning a bit smoother.
HOW TO GET STARTED WITH DISTANCE LEARNING
I have been using it for many years and it's been a life saver!
- You can create virtual classrooms for particular groups of students (and teachers)
- You can create assignments for students to complete
- They can complete these assignments and turn them in to you
- You can see what your students are doing LIVE when working on assignments
- You can leave them specific comments on particular pages of their assigments
- You can grade these assignments and leave them feedback
- You can see a spreadsheet of grades for all assignments
- You can ask questions as bell ringers or exit tickets
- You can differentiate assignments for different students
- You can have group conversations
- You can set quizzes
... and sooo much more!
If you are interested in learning how to use Google Classroom for remote learning, you can access this online course for FREE:
If you have specific questions about how to create digital resources for use with tools such as Google Classroom, then you can enroll in this course which goes into more detail for you.
HOW TO HELP YOUR STUDENTS WITH DISTANCE LEARNING
It also addresses how they can look after their own well-being while they are stuck at home. It addresses body aches due to excessive desk / computer hunching, too much screen time and how to keep fit and mentally healthy.
You get a 17 page printable journal for them to fill in (with a quote colouring page included for some calming, screen free zen time!), and there is a digital version available too for them to type directly into the document, should they prefer. You can mail the journal to them or send it to your students remotely.
So worry no more about how to guide your students in working from home!
HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR STUDENTS' WELL-BEING WHILE REMOTE LEARNING
Well now with distance learning that is suddenly so much harder! But it's not impossible. I created these Google Forms that you can post on Google Classroom that students can complete every day if you choose to. It's a great way of taking attendance if you're teaching remotely! It's virtual morning meeting where you can see how your students are feeling and whether they need some extra TLC. There is also a virtual afternoon meeting so you can see how they're feeling after a day of online learning and what they might need from you in the future:
The forms included are:
• Morning Meeting Google Form Check In: check on your students’ well-being and how they are feeling, and give them an opportunity to share important information with you and have that 1:1 attention if they need it.
• Afternoon Meeting Google Form Check In: check on your students’ well-being and progress on the day. You can compare how they’re feeling from the morning, discover what they have learned and enjoyed, and what they’ve found challenging so you can cater to their needs in the future.
• Initial Remote Learning Google Form Check In: Gain an understanding on your student’s learning environment at home. In your classroom you can control the learning environment, but once it comes to remote learning that is out of your hands. Learn what kind of device, internet access and study space they have as well as what their initial concerns are.
• Interim Remote Learning Google Form Check In: As remote learning is a new playing field for many of us, it’s important to regularly check in on your students to see how they are finding the experience. With this form you will learn what they are finding valuable and gain an insight into what might help improve their remote learning experience in the future.
See, you can still be the caring teacher you love being, even without being able to see your students face to face with these well-being check in forms for remote learning!