It’s our first week of virtual learning during this absolutely crazy COVID-19 era (which I never thought I would live to see, by the way – but enough about that).
The problem? We were in the middle of our Volume and Measurement unit. We had finished up teaching metric measurement conversions and had one day to introduce customary conversions in person before propelling ourselves into this online land of instruction.
We introduced customary capacity conversions in person, so the next skill to teach is customary length/distance.
Our school uses Pearson by Envisions for our textbook, so we sent the kids home with their consumable workbook. This allows kids to have access to a resource no matter what. We also have the ability to push out assignments virtually through our textbook’s online tools. The only thing missing? Me. In person.
I am lucky that I have a large white board in my home that I can demonstrate math problems on and teach lessons using video. I made a very quick introductory lesson for converting customary units of length and distance using some of the practice problems from my students’ books. (See the video above)
What’s my plan for teaching virtually?
- Provide short mini-lessons for new skills
- Figure out a schedule for live lessons or office hours in which I can actually meet with students and answer questions they have.
- Find some fun enrichment activities that students can work on if they’re bored or not feeling challenged.
- Survive both mentally and physically
I don’t know where you are in your curriculum, but I am happy to share my mini-lessons with you. They’re not going to be great, but hopefully they will gradually improve. You don’t really have to have the same textbook that I’m using because it’s just a couple of practice problems from it that anyone can do. You can share the links to these videos with your class if you want!
In this absolutely INSANE time, we have to work together as a strong teacher community (which we already are). If you have any helpful resources/tips/tech tools you want to share, I’d LOVE to hear from you! Leave me a comment or send me an e-mail to email@example.com
I wish you all the look in the world! We’ve got this!