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50 Back to School Activities for the Remote Learning Classroom

by Matt Miller 

It's back to school time again and this year looks NOTHING like we have ever seen before. As summer comes to a close, teachers are preparing for that big first day of school. Only this year, for many of us, it's going to be in a virtual classroom.

If you are going back to school in-person chances are you will still be doing some sort of remote learning in the future. Or perhaps your instruction is a hybrid of in-person teaching and distance learning.

But one thing we know is true, no matter where you or your students are learning from, those first few weeks of school are crucial for community and relationship building. Lucky for us, many of the beginning of the year activities you know and love can be done in a virtual classroom!

We have curated over 50 back to school activities for the remote learning classroom. Scroll down for tons of ready-to-use lessons along with tutorials, templates, and examples to make planning this year a little easier.

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5 Ways That Teachers Are Using Breakout Rooms to Create More Learner-Centered Experiences in Distance Learning

by Katie Martin

I have talked with many educators who are anxious about creating breakout rooms for fear of inappropriate interactions, bullying, and being off task in breakout rooms. Although these behaviors are not only possible in breakout rooms, many feel less control when the kids are not all in one room. While it might feel like you have more control to keep students in one room so you can monitor the conversation and keep students on task, we lose so much when students don’t get the benefit of connecting with others and learning with and from their peers.

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Developing Asynchronous Remote Learning Tasks

by Eric Sheninger

Asynchronous learning provides much-needed flexibility that better meets the needs of both students and teachers by relinquishing the familiar rigidity of school. It also supports both independent and collaborative work when structured the right way while supporting critical competencies such as self-management, creativity, inquiry, and teamwork. There can also be a mix and match of both digital and non-digital activities that allow students to actively apply what has been learned in relevant and meaningful ways.  It is here where learner empowerment can be emphasized. To get started, consider these tips:

 

  • Determine how content will be disseminated (synchronous or asynchronous).
  • Map out activities in alignment with priority standards
  • Establish learning targets
  • Determine how much time students will have to complete the tasks
  • Consider developing scaffolded formative assessments for students to complete after a series of asynchronous activities as a form of closure and to check for understanding.
  • Provide a few assessment options and allow students to select which one is graded.
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How to Make Remote or Hybrid Math and Science Instruction Engaging

Teaching science and math is fun because of the smiles. And the messes. And the “oohs” when you light something on fire, or make the first cut of a dissection, or finally solve that tricky algebra equation. But how do you keep it fun and engaging remotely? Or if half of your students are learning from home in a hybrid teaching model?

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Strategies to Foster Discourse and Collaboration in Remote Learning Environments

The past couple of months have been challenging for educators, to say the least. However, in the midst of it all, there have been opportunities to take a critical lens to practice in the efforts to effectively pivot to a remote world and successfully implement hybrid learning models in the near term.  No matter the current focus, changes implemented today will pave the way for ushering in more personalized approaches that focus on high-agency strategies as schools settle into a new normal.

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SUCCESSFUL DISTANCE LEARNING FOR YOUNG KIDS

You may be worried that the youngest kids can’t learn at a distance, but Dr. Nancy Frey, co-author of the Distance Learning Playbook comes along side us to help us understand how it can be done. From successful online meetings to screentime and essential things to include, Nancy encourages us to do what seems impossible. She also gives us some mistakes to avoid. We can reach the youngest students at a distance and support families. Thanks, Nancy for helping us learn how.

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