Ok. Let's be honest. This is really hard.
Even if you have created a Bitmoji classroom
Even if you learned how to use See Saw or Flipgrid or Peardeck
Even if you are in person, hybrid, or fully remote.
Teaching is different this year.
How do you continue to use the pedagogy that you know is effective? Let's just focus on two:
Concrete - Pictorial - Abstract and Inquiry Based Tasks
Continuing to teach with student discovery at the forefront is our main goal. It is hard when students can't share materials or easily turn to talk to a partner.
At the beginning, I was overwhelmed by all the digital tools available to me. Too many to count and everyday I was trying to discover and explore the capabilities.
Now, I ask myself 1 simple question... Is is improving my instruction? Does it help me achieve my goals of CPA and Inquiry?
All you need is:
1. Access to virtual manipulatives with a writing feature
(Braining Camp is my favorite)
2. Access to a shared workspace
(Jamboard is my favorite)
3. Access to a way to facilitate partner work (Classkick is my favorite but Google slides or peardeck can work)
With three simple tools (you pick what works for you) you can continue to deliver the high quality instruction you have in the past. Do you know why? Because you know kids AND you know how they learn. Period.
The content not finding the coolest tool.
Qualitative feedback not quantitative measures. One good problem in which the student explains their thinking is enough. (think Flipgrid or Seesaw)
Uncovering the content not covering the content. Less is more.
and please, please, please take the time for self care... Set limits on your time...plan an hour for something you enjoy, eat well, sleep enough, and its okay to cry or complain every once in a while...
No one is an expert at this...