Let’s face it teachers: there is no amount of training that could have prepared us for teaching in the 2020-2021 schoolyear. There’s no class, no textbook, and no professional development course on teaching during a global pandemic. As educators, we are planners; we like regimentation and routine. Most of us feel anxious and uneasy at the thought of an ever-lengthening list of unknowns:
This year, all educators are facing unprecedented challenges and having to adapt their instruction to fit a constantly shifting educational landscape.
This article will give you the nitty gritty on our Hybrid and Distance Learning ELA Teacher Resource Kit. Hopefully, after reading, you’ll not only feel a bit more prepared for the hybrid/distance/in-person juggling routine you’ll have to do this year, but you’ll also learn…
Let's break down each resource included in the Hybrid and Distance Learning ELA Teacher Resource Kit and the teaching strategies they highlight. From icebreakers to assessment ideas, the bundle of activities and tip sheets in this kit were designed to help you tweak your instruction and provide the best possible education to students in any learning setting—, in-person, distance, or hybrid.
I know I’m preaching to the choir here teachers, but keeping squirmy kids engaged in face-to-face lessons can be challenging in and of itself! For many instructors, the thought of keeping kids actively engaged in a remote classroom for hours on end probably seems, well… downright impossible!
While a distance or hybrid learning model does present unique challenges when it comes to student engagement, it is possible to foster a fun, exciting classroom environment while also teaching remotely! It just requires tweaking your instruction to best fit the needs of a hybrid or distance classroom model.
Our 5 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged During Distance Learning Tip Sheet suggests how to implement a handful of key instructional strategies that are sure to increase excitement and participation in your course, including…
While there are so many new hurdles to tackle when it comes to adapting instruction from in-person to distance learning, to hybrid, there are a few specific concerns that I keep hearing over and over again from teachers.
When you download the Hybrid and Distance Learning ELA Teacher Resource Kit you’ll get this tip sheet suggesting solutions to some of teachers’ most pressing questions, including:
As I sat in my principal’s office after my first week of teaching, tears streaming down my face and feeling completely overwhelmed and discouraged, he revealed to me something I will never forget: almost every day of his first year of teaching, he met his wife for ice cream after work to cheer himself up. That’s to say, the first year of teaching is tough for everyone!
During a traditional school year, your first year in the classroom is exciting, overwhelming, and challenging all at the same time. The new conditions and ever-changing landscape of education in 2020 makes starting out as a new teacher unfamiliar and uncharted, but you’re not alone!
Our Advice to New Teachers Tip Sheet, offers some support, encouragement, and advice to teachers who are beginning their careers during this chaotic and unpredictable time. When you download the kit you can read more about each of the 6 key tips.
This simple, no-prep icebreaker activity is a great way to get your students to get to know one another, share something about themselves, and build a unified learning community! Adaptable across all grade levels as well as for in-person, hybrid, and distance learning settings, it’s the perfect way to start out your next lesson or new semester.
This set of three icebreaker activities is perfect for your K-5 students! They’re easy to complete, fun, and can be used in any learning setting—face-to-face, distance, or hybrid.
Student Time Capsule
Students will fill in the blanks to tell you all about themselves! Teachers keep the papers safe, and then, at the end of the year, students can look back and see how they’ve grown and changed! (Students can send you a screenshot that you can keep digitally, if they cannot turn in physical papers).
Where Did the Summer Go?
Directions: Whether you went away from your hometown or enjoyed the break at home, show us how you enjoyed your summertime. Design your summer vacation T-Shirt with a picture of where you visited or what favorite activity you did!
There’s just no way around it, teachers, this year is going to be like nothing else you’ve ever experienced as an educator. There will be numerous obstacles to overcome, and the constantly-shifting reality of the education in this country, will require you to continuously adapt both your routines and instructional techniques. But here’s the good news, as teachers, you already have an incredible and unique ability to adjust your instruction at a moment’s notice to meet the needs of your students. If there were any profession prepared for the uncertainty of this academic year, it’s teaching. You are capable of shifting on the fly—you do it all the time. This is the same concept, just on a larger scale.
Sadlier knows it’s going to be an extraordinary, hectic year for many. We know that it won’t be easy. But we do hope that the resources offered in the Hybrid and Distance Learning ELA Teacher Resource Kit will help you make the most out of a difficult situation.
You’ve got this, teachers, and we’ve got your back!