Prepping for eLearning? I have been teaching elementary in the online setting for 12 years! Here are some simple tips:
•encourage families to keep a routine and schedule at home. Tiny humans thrive with schedules and it sets them up for learning (and more sanity for everyone)!
•create flipped videos to help students learn at home. Think of your math warm up, phonics practices, and etc. Try to keep them short (I like the formula of the students’ age plus two for your minutes goal). Also, you can check out my IGTV for a short tutorial on how to record any PowerPoint and save it to YouTube!
•create a (free) FlipGrid Account. You can ask the students a question and they can record their answers. They can also see each other’s answers.
•use Zoom (also free) to meet for a live class. Teach a mini lesson or read a story to your class!
•take advantage of the amazing educational software programs offering free membership such as ABCmouse, BrainPop and BrainPop Jr, Epic Books, and more. Find a link to the full list here (this is not my link, just sharing it!)
Update: Now that I have learned that Indiana has expanded eLearning, I have created a quick tutorial about how I would manage eLearning for Tiny Humans
YouTube keeps pulling the video because of it's length. I have it posted on IGTV if this video does not load.
Find a sample Google Slides Syllabus here. Feel free to make your own copy if it's helpful.
This time of year two things are happening, little humans can’t sit still in their seats and we are learning about life cycles because they pair naturally with spring!
Last spring I saw this great idea in many of my teacher groups, so I can’t reference the source, but I can share how it worked for me. At the beginning of the month I put paper eggs in each student’s chair. They were instructed to sit on them and keep them warm. Then as we were going through our day I would periodically get out my highlighter (no announcements, no threats, nothing) and quietly color one egg for each student caught keeping their egg warm. At the end of the month (or a few weeks—you know your bunch) every student that had a full sheet came to school to find their egg cracked and a Peep Marshmallow hatched in its place. It was so fun to watch them get excited when they reached their goal and remind their tablemates to keep trying so everyone to could get there!
Please tag me on Instagram if you use this—I can’t wait to see!
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