Our district, like many across the country, is going to a hybrid model for middle and high school students. Half the school will go to class Mondays and Wednesdays, with online learning Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the other half will go to school Tuesdays and Thursdays, with online learning Mondays and Wednesdays. Everyone will be home for synchronous distance learning Fridays. Because I will physically see my students (each set) two days a week for 45 minutes, that will change a lot of how I deliver curriculum and support students.
At first I wanted to bury my head in the sand and not think about it at all until late August, when we go back, but I feel it will cause a lot of stress later if I don’t even think and start to put some things in place now. I also know that so many things are up in the air right now and the district’s plan will most likely be changed as a result. My new motto this year is flexibility and grace.
So, below are five ideas I am thinking about and going to start doing before I go back in eight weeks. Regardless of the current hybrid model, or the real possibility of going to full distance learning, I will be able to use these five ideas.
1. Create a homepage for my class using Google Sites.
Everything that is posted on Classroom has a category (independent reading, weekly newsletter, classwork, etc.). This has been helpful in terms of organization, but not when a student is trying to find the assignment to do, especially if notifications are turned off. Google Sites will allow me to have major announcements, class materials, etc. housed there and Classroom for just the assignments. That way, students can easily find what activity/assignment they need to do.
2. Convert as many PDFs to digital documents.
I started to do this with my resources on Teachers Pay Teachers, and if you purchased any resource from me (or from other TpT authors), see if it’s updated to a digital version. If you have your own PDFs or Word documents you want students to complete digitally, but aren’t sure how to convert, this video is a helpful tutorial.Read More