Calamity Day Plans and Resources

This group is a place to share Calamity Day District Plans and collaborate on resources for Instructional Planning for multiple days of school closure - including Blizzard Bags, Ideas for Using Google Classroom, Open Education Resources to support teachers in developing self-directed student lessons.
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What resources do you recommend for calamity days?

by Erica Clay 2 years, 5 months ago

Share your recommendations for resources that all Ohio PreK-12 schools could use for calamity days.

Lori Lee 2 years, 5 months ago

The following post made me think about how INFOhio and iWonder might support teachers, parents and students if closures happen.  Just something to think about.

Passion-Based Remote Learning: Could it work for you?

Posted: 07 Mar 2020 07:55 PM PST

 

Do you have a sudden need for remote learning?

We’re seeing a lot of schools across the world begin to think about what remote learning could like, and on top of that, how fast the plan can be put in place. 

There are so many factors to consider: What structures are currently in place? If not much exists, how fast can we create the framework? How do I make sure my teachers know how to effectively teach online? How can teachers and parents work together to support the students learning from home? How do parents juggle their own work, worries and responsibilities during a challenging time, while at the same time facilitating their children’s learning? 

There are a lot of questions, and a lot of possibilities for what remote learning can look like, to make things more interesting, there is no “one size fits all” approach. Remote learning plans will look different for most districts because of the students they serve. 

One thing we know for sure is that we don’t want students to lose the momentum or the continuity of their learning. But the million-dollar question is – does the momentum have to look the same as it does on a daily basis within the school building? 

Another option?

Could there be another possibility that supports students in learning, but does not require full curriculums being rewritten and digitized? Don’t get me wrong, that route is very powerful and impactful but with limited time and maybe limited resources, the driving criteria is how can something be quickly put in place so that students do not skip a beat and are still on track with learning? 

One solution is by utilizing Passion-Based Projects. Giving students the structure and guidance to complete a Passion- Based Project makes perfect sense while they’re learning from home.  What might this look like? There are so many possibilities! 

Remote Passion-Based Learning

Create a printed guide or an online course that provides students the structure to develop their passion-based project, it can be personalized to grade level and incorporate various subjects and topics. 

Here are some basics to consider including:

Research skills: 

  • Where to find information
  • How to synthesize the information
  • How to curate resources 
  • How to look at resources with a critical eye  

Asking questions: 

  • Finding a focus for their resource
  • What questions do they have about their topic? 

Guidelines for demonstrating their knowledge: 

  • This can range from using technology to hands-on projects 
  • Giving resource packets with needed materials, as many options as possible, as home resources might vary
  • Students can also gather materials before they leave school that might support them 

A template to create an investigation plan 

A parent guide encourages them to facilitate the learning with suggestions on how to gather inexpensive, readily available resources.

Ongoing support of student learning has many possibilities:

  • Teachers can meet with students to check-in via video conferencing tools such as Zoom or Google Hangouts. 
  • An online community can be created where students can post their progress and support one another using Google Classroom or other kid-friendly collaborative tools.
  • If technology is limited, text messaging apps can be used, such as WhatsApp or Remind. 

What might a passion-based remote learning plan look like for you, your district, or your students? Here are a few examples below. 

 

Michael Ridinger 2 years, 4 months ago

Scholastic has created a free digital, open-access digital hub to help keep students learning in response to school closings as a result of the coronavirus.  More information about the hub can be found at https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Char Shryock 2 years, 4 months ago

ST Math - JiJi The Penguin... is a research based, puzzle driven program designed to build conceptual understanding in math - and it is available for free to Ohio Schools during the shutdown  https://www.stmath.com/coronavirus  We use this program K-4 in Bay Village.  Worthington also uses JiJi math.

Tracy Varner 2 years, 4 months ago

The NFL is recommending these resources to keep kids and family active and healthy:

At-Home Digital Learning Opportunities for Student

Dear NFL Family,

These are difficult times for everyone. With the recent school closures happening across the country due to COVID-19, we understand things are getting even harder. The NFL, alongside our charitable partners, are making free digital education resources available to teachers, parents, and students to help ease a bit of the burden.

Our hope is that these online resources provide you and the students in your life with support to lead a healthy and well-rounded lifestyle despite the disruption of these unprecedented times.

Please see below for a list of digital learning options. We wish you, your family, and all students continued health and safety.

The American Heart Association: Ways to Get Moving
Incorporate physical activity breaks at-home to help your kids get their recommended 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day. Explore our videos and Virtual Field Trips for additional inspiration! Learn More>

Download the NFL PLAY 60 App!
Download on Apple
Download on Google Play

Boys & Girls Clubs of America: Virtual Learning and Engagement Resources
MyFuture: https://myfuture.net/
YDToolbox mobile app

Character Playbook:
Healthy Relationships & Mental Wellness Learn More>

The Cooper Institute - Get Active. Stay Healthy.
For teachers who are still delivering online instruction, resources can be Found Here>

A playlist of videos to give students, parents and teachers some fitness activities they can do at home, Watch Here>

Fuel Up to Play 60:
At-Home Health and Wellness Resources
Learn More>

USA Football: Football Development Model - 60 Ways to Play Guide
Learn More>

EVERFI: 306 African-American History
Stories of African-American accomplishments in the arts, science, academia, and sports, available to high school students beginning on Wednesday, March 18. To access: Visit Here>

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