Thursday, March 26, 2020

Distance Learning & A New Temporary Normal

As we wait to find out when or if we are going back to school this year, we are trying to create a new temporary normal at home with our online classrooms. As educators who work with our students every day, we are missing those in person connections with our students and our time with our class family. Our routines have been changed and our students are now at home on a different schedule, away from their peers and their sense of normalcy as well. We hope to create some of this normalcy for them through different resources we send out to families and students, and different means of communication. Though the unknowns and changes can be difficult, let's use this time to really reach out to others, connecting with others, and being better teachers for our students and for other educators. We are all on one team and that is to love on and empower our students.

As we are all adjusting to a new temporary normal right now with all that is going on in our world, I wanted to share something that may be helpful for other educators. I was recently working on editing the resources I have been sending out to my families and students, and I wanted to simplify the visuals and content to make it even more user friendly for my kiddos. This is definitely new for all of us, and navigating how to teach our students from home can be challenging at times. There are so many factors we need to consider and so many resources we want to provide for our students. I wanted to take time to share some links that I have found to be very helpful along with some links that were provided from my district. I hope that these links and tips can help you in some way as we all create a new temporary normal, and help empower our students with distance learning.

BrainPop Jr & BrainPop
Khan Academy Language Arts
Quill Grammar
ReadWorks Digital
Epic! Reading
Brains On Podcast
But Why Podcast
Stories Podcast
Khan Academy Math
BrainPop Jr & BrainPop
Xtra Math
Math Card Games
Cool Math for Kids
Math Tasks
Multiplication Practice

Mystery Science
National Geographic Kids Experiments
San Diego Zoo Live Cam (more info here)
Mr. Nussbaum
NASA Science

Choose My Plate
Scratch Coding
Khan Academy How to Code
Music Lab
Typing Test
Varsity Tutors: Live Learning Platform

If you need a template to send out to your students and families, here is a link to my TpT store to download this At Home Learning template for FREE. You can personalize it for your students by adding in your own content, hyperlinks, photos, Bitmojis, video clips, etc. It can be sent out to your students as a PPT or as a Google Slide. I have been using Google Classroom, Seesaw, and our district platform called Canvas to post. Make your template personalized for your students, helping them to feel empowered as they are learning from home.

Feel free to follow along on Instagram @teacherlyway as we navigate distance learning together and feel free to reach out if you have any questions. We are a team!

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