We are now in 2021, and blended / home learning is still here and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere for a while… For some, Blended / Home Learning has been the “norm” since the start of the pandemic. For others, this is the beginning of learning to teach in a brand new way.
We put together some of our top tips when using online learning sites like Microsoft Teams and Google Classroom…
⭐️ View your digital materials you have created on your phone / tablet – this may be the only view your students have of them. Can you see and understand them clearly?
⭐️ Don’t plan long online live lessons – remember attention spans are lower online.
⭐️ If you only had 10 minutes with your class – what would you tell them about the topic? Prioritise the most important points.
⭐️ When introducing a new topic, flip the learning. Provide links to videos and other resources with a Microsoft / Google form to assess your students’ knowledge before they come to a class meeting
⭐️ Use a variety of tasks – don’t constantly assign tasks to be completed in Word. Can students present their work in PowerPoint / Sway / OneNote?
⭐️ During a meeting, ensure everyone has set noise suppression to high. This blocks out any distracting background noises.
⭐️ If using Microsoft packages, OneNote can allow you to provide feedback to students privately and can provide a portfolio of evidence of work. Students can also upload captured images of any handwritten work.
⭐️ Mark sure your students are aware of any accessibility features, for example, Office365 Immersive Reader has a variety of features including read aloud.
⭐️ Speaking of Immersive Reader, it is also present within Teams and can also help students understand assignments.
⭐️ Remember to take time for yourself. Self care and wellbeing is so important.
If you can be anything, be kind…
Phrases like “random acts of kindness” and “Be kind” have become so popular over the last year, it appears that young people cant get enough of those addictive, good feeling emotions. We love that one of our earliest products (… and most popular) is our kindness pack.
Teaching kindness in your classroom and school can provide a number of benefits;
❤️ Happy, caring children
❤️ Greater sense of belonging and improved self-esteem
❤️ Increased peer acceptance
❤️ Improved health and less stress
❤️ Increased feelings of gratitude
❤️ Better concentration and improved results
❤️ Reduced depression
❤️ Less bullying
So be sure to check out our kindness products and bundle for your classroom.
February is coming up and, with that in mind, we are talking about love. Have a look at our Monthly focus this month
‘Valentine’s Day QR Code Write the Room’ is an active activity to engage learners in learning new words relating to Valentine’s Day . Each love heart is displayed around the room for learners to scan the appropriate QR code . Printable’s are included to keep track of words found . This activity is perfect for literacy centres while engaged in using technologies to facilitate learning .
This is a resource containing worksheets focusing on Valentines Day . This is a perfect pack to allow learners the opportunity to engage in literacy activities focusing on Valentines Day.
This digital resource can be used at home or in the classroom and focuses on the each letter of the alphabet. Each download includes 14 interactive pages for your learners to work on.
Slides include: Finger practice – Lower case, Finger practice – Upper case, Diamond writing task, Picture Association, Letter board game – match and cover, Pairs – Match the word and picture, Word-maker – identify the picture and complete the word and Picture Match
This is a 4 page document including a spin board as well as an answer worksheet . Used as a literacy station , this product can be used to develop key skills in alphabet knowledge
*Fidget Spinner Not Included
Keywords: Blended Learning, Remote Learning, Learning from home, Valentines Day, Activities, Classroom Resources, Literacy