Slice of Life 2020 Day 24: Ideas to Build our ‘Distant’ Learning Community

I wanted to write this post because I’ve been really focused on not making our classroom learning community feel ‘distant’ to my students, and to me.

So here are some ideas….I’ve shared real-world math applications, stories, updates, jokes, and riddles so far through videos. 

I’m thinking about all that I might share in these coming weeks. There has been a lot of creativity happening in terms of positive media. Maybe my class will be given the “see 10, send 10” push-up challenge since I’ve been tagged and have yet to do my part (oops). Maybe they’ll even have to send out 10 push ups to a family member or comment with a classmates name who has to do 10 push ups. How many push ups will our greater class community do? My arms are sore just thinking about it!

Maybe I’ll take a picture of my neighbor who has put their Christmas decorations back out and ask if anyone has done the same in their neighborhood. Maybe I’ll also share the chalk art on neighbors’ driveways. Once we discuss Zoom with our administration more, the first time we Zoom maybe we will play a game. 

Have they made up their own challenges with their families? Have they created new traditions? How many hours a day are they truly spending on Tic Tok? 

I want to know it all! These are certainly the moments we will will remember once this craziness subsides. These are the moments they’ll need if things get worse. We might all just have better biceps after all of this, too.

p.s. I would love to read any ideas you might have for connecting with students virtually in the comments. I’ll keep brainstorming!

8 thoughts on “Slice of Life 2020 Day 24: Ideas to Build our ‘Distant’ Learning Community

  1. I don’t have any ideas to share, sorry, since I’m just starting the distance learning myself. But I sure appreciate YOUR ideas. Thanks 🙂 ~JudyK

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  2. I want to play virtual boggle. Maybe you, Dawn, and I could. She’s another slicer. I also think we could play that game where you guess the animal that’s on your forehead. Do you know what I’m talking about? I think you could do it if you block just one person from seeing the screen for a second. Hangman would work. And I have lots of grammar games. I love thinking about this stuff!

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  3. My district is also discussing Zoom because it works better than Google Meet, etc. – teachers find it more user-friendly. I love your thirst to “know it all!” regarding your students – driving these questions: “Have they made up their own challenges with their families? Have they created new traditions? How many hours a day are they truly spending on Tic Tok? ” I would be really interested in knowing these things, too. This is a giant learning curve for all of us.

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  4. I love this post! For me, I quickly learned that while the academic piece needs to be in place, what my students are craving most is (unsurprisingly) community. So I’ve tried to foster that with daily pep talks and interacting with them as much as I can via email, Schoology and Seesaw. I’ve also invited them to post their own videos or work. They’ve responded with:
    -pep talks for their classmates
    -self-created memes
    -homemade forts, tents and the like
    -homemade skits and shows
    -passages of work they’ve enjoyed writing
    Right now the kids are on spring break, but I hope that it all continues when we’re back next week. =)

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