Let’s face it math 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, math 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 Math 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 Math Teacher Resource Kit and the teaching strategies they highlight. From icebreakers to assessment ideas, the bundle of math 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 math 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 Math 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 math lesson or new semester. Download the kit to access this fun icebreaker instruction sheet to learn how to implement it in each type of classroom model.
Ask your students what would make math class more fun for them—they always have great ideas! Collecting their responses on this neatly-formatted sheet is a way to discover what students do and do not enjoy in math class. Making the class more responsive to their likes and dislikes lets students know that teachers are interested in them, which helps to engage them in the learning process. With six simple questions you will get all the feedback you need to make your virtual, in-person, or hybrid math class more fun and engaging.
Find out what your students really think about math with the What's Your Perspective on Math? Activity. With this activity students will read a series of quotes that cover a range of ideas about math from being always-the-same, to being creative. Use the information you get back from this activity to influence, and even challenge your students' views of math, helping them to enjoy the subject and to not see it as a required, boring subject.
You can then use their answers to start an extended think-pair-share.
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 Math 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!