Yesterday was our first day of distance learning! Did it go as planned, absolutely not, but it wasn’t a disaster! With tons of hours planning and prepping, things were bound to go wrong right? (hahah!) We had a few technical issues and glitches, but for the most part, my students and I made it work and we enjoyed our first day!
What helped me through today, and what will help me throughout distance learning, is keeping a schedule. As teachers, we like to plan, but having a schedule you can stay consistent with will help. Our district is requiring us to teach a minimum of 120 minutes of synchronous (live teaching time with the teacher) and asynchronous (independent) time. Figuring out the schedule was a bit tricky, but once you figure it out, it will be set for the rest of the year. Balancing teaching time, independent time, small group time, and breaks helps. It’s A LOT, but here is what I came up with using the suggested minutes as a guideline.
I know, I know! It looks very confusing, but this schedule worked out well (SO FAR; It’s only the first day!) Having the breaks really helped my kids transition from each subject and having time away from staring at a screen. The breaks also gave me time to rest my eyes and move around. (Sitting still for hours is not my forte.
So, have a consistent schedule that you can work with. If your school and district is giving you some leeway into creating your schedule, utilize it for your benefit. Plan it in a way where you won’t be overwhelmed and the students won’t zone out.
This year is a new year for us all so remember, we’re all in this together!
With Beauty, Grace, and Love