Diary of an isolating teacher Day 3

Good Morning everyone,

After lots of emails and messages yesterday from my class and parents, my distance learning approach is working well today. I’m doing what I can to support my class in distance learning but give me the classroom anyday.

Literacy focus today in this blog post.

Our school focus for SeeSaw was on fluency, so today I have asked my class to record themselves reading a few paragraphs of their novel on SeeSaw and the majority of the class have now responded to that. I will set this as a task for the different classes every couple of days and see how many respond. I’ve also set daily tasks on Edmodo and these seem to be working too.

I use the website Spelling Shed for phonics and Spelling with my class, there is a subscription required but compared to other subscription services it’s not much. €35 for a personal teacher plan for the year. I can set spelling activities remotely and can create groups within the class for differentiation too. I like the multi sensory approach to spellings and they are all written with a phonics focus and as the classes get older it moves into prefix and suffix too. So hopefully the class will keep it up over the next few weeks.

I have subscribed to Epic (getepic.com) and once you register with a teacher’s email address you can access it for free, they have also changed their settings so that the children can now access it at home for free too. So I have sent the links home to parents via email to set it up. Today’s task is to read a book about Women in Engineering and then build up a mind map with the new information. They can send me the mind map on SeeSaw.

I am also going to use videos from Literacy Shed as a writing prompt for my class. Today’s video was on bias and report writing and I sent them the link for the video on the Three Little Pigs https://youtu.be/vDGrfhJH1P4 They were to discuss what bias was on Edmodo and then write a report on the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk to show he was innocent all along. I do feel that I am really pushing the class and myself out of our comfort zone on this one so I’ll let you know how it goes.

So Distance Learning Day 2 is going much better than Day 1! Let’s see how it goes by 3pm today. After yesterdays mammoth day I was exhausted by 3pm, responding to emails, messages and comments from the class on Edmodo. I went for a long walk in a local park, practicing my social distancing, earphones in and off i went and I also participated in an online dance class last night. Hooked my laptop up to the TV and danced it out. I loved it. Need similar activities today to strike a balance between school work and being active while practicing social distancing.

Hope everyone is keeping safe, wash those hands and practice social distancing everywhere.

Aistear Muinteoir

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