As a result of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, online learning has taken massive leaps across the country, virtual and overnight. The challenges of teaching and requirements of tools for learning now fall to parents and students, as well as teachers. Here is a list of resources geared to students and parents in a distant learning environment.
· Quality media and at-home learning opportunities for families during the coronavirus pandemic are provided by Common Sense Media.
· As parents and teachers collaborate to build students' access to learning, everyone is empowered. Here is a step-by-step guide to help parents understand how to use a valuable learning tool, Google Classroom:
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· Here's solid guidance to help you pre-plan brain breaks and set ground rules with your child. "A brain break is just what it sounds like—a break from whatever kids are focusing on. Short brain breaks ... reduce stress and frustration and increase attention and productivity. The key is to take them before fatigue, distraction or lack of focus set in. For grade-schoolers, that’s typically after 10 to 15 minutes of work. At that point, they may need a three- to five-minute break. Middle- and high-schoolers can work for longer—up to 20 to 30 minutes before a break."
· Love for reading starts at home. Share these one-page tips – in multiple languages, and for various ages – to help adults support kids’ success in reading. The emphasis is on simple and fun!
· · It's important for schools to share accurate information about coronavirus with school staff and families, including families of English learners. Colorín Colorado provides multilingual fact sheets and infographics – plus, resources for using technology with students, activities for using multimedia tools, and bilingual tips for managing media at home.
· Are your kids getting restless? Here are six ways to add movement to instruction – with fun video examples – to activate your kids' brains and help them learn better.
· Thanks to teacher Julie Smith for sharing these student directions for accessing a Zoom meeting. Scroll down to make a copy of Google Slides, download a PDF, and see directions in Spanish, Polish, French, and German.
· For families with kids at home, once the wonderful activities teachers have shared are complete, even voracious readers and quality TV watchers get squirmy. This list of 50 creative, engaging DIY projects to productively pass the time. Downside: they assume Internet access and are in English.
· “Rebel Girls” downloadable activities, including the “I Am a Rebel Girl: How to Start a Revolution” 90-page journal:
· Fluency and Fitness is offering 21 days of free access to videos that help K-2 students review key concepts and incorporate body movement into the learning.
· How can we present math as a subject connected to everyday feelings and experiences? This list includes 10 marvelous books that tell stories about people "who loved math and made it an important part of their identities.”
· Set aside 30 minutes a day for students to read independently.
- Read aloud to your students, and think aloud as you go.
- Model how to give a book talk.
- Ask students to help you organize the classroom library.
That's just a handful of this veteran teacher’s many tips to grow empowered readers.
· This comic gives facts and reassurance, based on what kids might want to know about the coronavirus – and it comes with a foldable zine version: