Even in the midst of all that is happening, there are many reasons to celebrate:
- Learning something new
- Blogs that inspire
- Friends who encourage us
- A happy moment with a loved one
- Flowers beginning to bloom
- Spring break
What are you celebrating?
UEN has a myriad of resources for teachers, parents and students to take advantage of as we continue to learn from home. https://www.uen.org/learnathome/
One of those amazing resources is an Open Education Resource from the Smithsonian. According to the Smithsonian, “The learning lab infuses real-world experiences into learning to build lasting knowledge and critical skills…”. https://learninglab.si.edu
Check out some of their free daily online events. https://learninglab.si.edu/distancelearning
They even have digital learning activities choice boards for Science, Social Studies, Culture and Arts.
There are a few perks about teaching from home. I hope this makes you smile!
- “The school day doesn’t start until you finish loading the dishwasher
- You can teach in your pj’s!
- Lunch is whenever you want it to be
- Kids can’t tell you the dog ate their homework
What would you add to this amusing list?
This article: “Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for this Moment” from edutopia discusses how teachers around the world are adjusting to online learning and offers advice to help teachers scaffold their thinking and teaching to this time.
“Hundreds of teachers, many of them operating in countries where teach-from-home has been in place for weeks, weigh in on the mental approach you need to stay grounded in this difficult time.”
- Expect trial… and plenty of error
- Acknowledge the extraordinary
- Reduce the workload (for yourself and your students)
- No person is an island
- Everyone thinks they can’t--before they can
- Mind the Gap
Our new format for teaching has been in session for a couple of weeks now and hopefully things are beginning to settle down. Despite this educational whirlwind, it is still important to take time for reflection. Here are different ways to reflect:
- Use feedback from students
- Write it down--even sticky notes
- Blog it to share with colleagues
- Record it
These came from an Edutopia article:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~Nelson Mandela
Online school is changing the way teachers teach and students learn! We are making history together. Be positive and continue to make those wonderful connections with your students.
Dr. Helen Caldicott, a world renowned Australian physician, stated, “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.”
You have taken a remarkable leap in education lately. Please know we value your amazing efforts, also parents appreciate your diligence on behalf of their children. Stay the course!
Mentors! Have you checked in on those you mentor? You might give them a call or text them. Ask them what is going well and celebrate. Ask them what they need help with. It’s important during this time to check-in with each other!
"Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.”
This has been a great experience for all of us to learn something new as we dive into digital learning and share it with our students.
Have you taken time out for yourself lately? The CDC recommends that we support ourselves these ways during this time:
- Taking breaks from social media or the news
- Taking care of your body with breathing, stretching or meditating. Eating healthy and well balanced meals. Exercising regularly. Getting plenty of sleep.
- Create a time to unwind. Do activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Call a loved one or friend.