One of the many (endless?) struggles of remote teaching has been how much of my students’ days do I fill with learning? I, of course, want to grow their brains, but I also don’t want them to be in front of a screen *all* day. Another aspect to consider is their families: Some families want more structure and other families want less. I have no clear answer to my problem, but in the meantime, I created an optional choice board that’s going to provide families with optional activities. I tried to create meaningful activities that can work in many contexts, sort of like a center I might have in my classroom in The Before. I hope it’s helpful to those who use it.
Here is this week’s roundup of literacy links if you’re looking for some quick inspiration, tips, and refreshment:
- This leveled virtual library is a HUGE resource from Clare Landrigan!
- Want to make your OWN virtual book room? Here’s how!
- “The 50 Best Multicultural Books of 2020” – I. Want. Them. All.
- Author Jan Brett’s site has TONS of projects and coloring pages.
- LOVE this SEL poster, “Today I feel…”!
- Teachers College at Columbia created a “Supports for Families” page on their site. It’s full of videos and dates for upcoming office hours and workshops for families! I think I’ll find a video that connects with the work we’re doing and share it with my families on a regular basis. Yet another tremendous gift to their community. They do the best work.
- Mental health break – The school libraries of my dreams!