Thinking back on my past reflections over the semester, I found myself stressing out about them more than I needed to. I had never used a blogging site before and was confused on how to work it in the beginning. As I continued to use it more, I found it more convenient. I ended up not being so stressed out about this assignment and somewhat enjoyed it.
In the future:
I can see myself keeping up with a blog in my future classroom. I feel like blogging at the end of the week can allow the parents to see what their child(ren) did. With the parents’ permissions, pictures of the students can be posted on the blog posts so the parents can see them getting involved with activities like science experiments and field trips.
I’m sure many of the teachers out there are struggling just as much as the parents may be with this new way of learning. I’m here to tell you that it is all okay! We cannot forget to take care of ourselves too!
Being teachers, it is entertaining for some of us to bring out our creative side. Doing small DIY crafts inside can help calm some of us down during this hectic time.
Reading can be very relaxing for some. There is nothing wrong with taking a break from the teaching world to take time to read.
It is important to keep in mind that not every student has the same resources as other students may have. Projects and assignments should be assigned with that in the back of your mind.
Routine is also a thing to keep in mind while assigning work and projects to students. It is easier for students to be more productive if they have a set routine. So, having a specific time for when assignments should be due, or when you should all meet as a class can make it easier for you and your students to plan ahead
Some lessons can be hard to teach virtually. Coming up with easy to do, fun science experiments can get the students excited about school…even at home! on the Science Bob website, there are all different kinds of in home experiments that can be done.
Science isn’t the only subject that is difficult to teach online. Math can be a hard subject for both students and parents. There are so many math learning websites that are now available for free. There are different websites for different grade levels. Some of which being:
These are just three of so many others! The three above are completely free. There are other programs that have free trials for a couple days and or months before you have to start paying for them.
Let’s face it, quarantine and home-schooling can be very stressful for both parents and children. It is important to inform children about what is happening and the importance of doing what is suggested. For some children, this whole thing can be very confusing. It is important for this situation to be explained to them so they can have a better understanding because although they may be young, this is throwing off their typical routine as well.
How to keep children engaged:
- Add movement into lessons
- Teach lessons with songs and dances to get them moving around. For example, the Water Cycle Song. This can help them memorize the cycle along with work on gross motor skills.
Round and round and round goes the Water Cycle! C’mon y’all get down with the Water Cycle! Create a free account on GoNoodle.com now and find hundreds of way…
- Going on mini field trips with your kids can get them excited to learn about different things.
- Allow “brain breaks”
- For some students, having school at home can be very distracting. It is okay to give them some time to move around and shake around to get back into focus.
- Have “centers” where they can play with blocks or legos.
- This can engage their fine motor skills while they still play.
Dealing with emotions:
It is okay that you don’t know exactly what you are doing to school your child(ren). In the article, Teacher: ‘You Don’t Have to Strive for Perfection’ When Homeschooling your Kids, Terri Peters writes to parents saying that it is okay to feel overwhelmed.
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