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Returning to Class After COVID-19

Students in British Columbia are starting to head back to school on a part-time, voluntary basis June 1 after nearly 3 months off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As I prepare to head back into the classroom, I find myself thinking about all of the new procedures and routines I'll need to teach.  Here's my list of initial thoughts, that I'm hoping can help you too, whenever your return to school might be.

Virtual Year End Celebrations

The end of this school year isn't going to look like most others!  We teachers have shown we can be flexible and adapt at the drop of a hat!  Now, how are our end of year celebrations going to look while teaching remotely? The typical field trip and school assembly just aren't going to work.  I've come up with 6 ideas that are easy to implement, free or very low cost, and totally fun!

Virtual Class Games for Video Conferencing

As remote, e-learning has become our "new normal" we teachers are turning to video conferencing platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams to virtually connect with our kiddos.  This is a great way to deliver instruction, answer student questions, or just casually connect.  In this post, you'll discover 5 games you can play to jazz up your video sessions with students.  Perfect for community builders, time fillers as you wait for other students to join, or a quick wrap up!

Schools Closing? Free Ideas to Help

Is school cancelled where you are? Don't panic! 

I believe that it's not important to try and replicate school at home - that won't happen anyway.  You'll likely have families where multiple students are trying to access their one and only device.  Others may become caregivers to younger siblings.  The structure and surroundings aren't the same, so it's not going to be the same.  But, continuing to practice skills is important.  

Whether you're being directed to teach from a distance, or whether you just want to provide parents with some options they can access themselves, I've got you covered.  Everything on this page is free - there are no links to paid items.

Struggling to fit it all in?

As a teacher it always feels like I'm adding more things to my "To Do" list than I'm taking off.  There's always something to grade, some sort of data to hand in, and more curriculum to cover than it feels like ever possible.

Please tell me I'm not alone!  

After 10 years at this job, here are six strategies I've found that help me to "fit it all in".