Saturday, March 28, 2020

Rigor in Virtual Teaching Activities

This is an unprecedented time in education. Educators around the world are getting very creative with the way they are delivering instruction to their students. It's really great to see all the innovation out there.

I do believe that first and foremost we need to think about the trauma this is causing for our kiddos. They have lost the daily connections with their friends and teachers too. They hear adults panicking about getting sick or having enough money to buy groceries. Many of my students are being cared for during the day by older siblings. So I believe in checking in with them regularly about how they are feeling and questions they may have about what is going on.

Many states have cancelled state testing. What a freeing feeling for teachers! This is the perfect opportunity to think about doing project-based learning or tech projects. We have not officially started our teaching yet, but I have recorded some read-alouds (strictly to be sent privately to my students-not posted online). And I am asking my students to post pics/videos of their projects and reading response.

The true story of Ada and her recycled orchestra. They turned trash into instruments and toured the world because of it. A great story to demonstrate grit.

*I read it aloud and then asked the students to find trash at home that they could turn into an instrument. (I know the parents LOVED me with all that noise).

I LOVE this book and couldn't wait to share it with my students. I had to read it 4 different times before I finally got a recording that worked :) so I think I know it by heart now. It's about all the things we should be in life-be brave, be persistent, be kind. So I asked my students to think of a character that fit each description and then to come up with their own advice for the world. I am so excited to see what they come up with.

What are some activities you are doing with your students virtually?

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Inventing a New Rodeo Event

It's rodeo time here! One of my favorite activities to do with my students is to ask them to invent a new event. We look at videos and pictures of the events they already have and they use their creativity to invent something new.

Here's what they came up with :