Distance Learning has proven to be one of society’s worst nightmares. It seems like every educator I’ve spoken has said the same thing: “this has been the hardest year I’ve ever had.” I agree with them 100%; this past year has been something.
Enduring through countless Zoom meetings while juggling a new approach to plan, deliver, and engage, the uphill battle looked impossible.
To a certain extent, I would wholeheartedly agree.
But we made it.
Summer is approaching, and we see the downturn of this horrific experience in some locations.
I hope that both teachers, students, AND parents go offline for some time.
Find a beach, take a hike, or even catch a game.
While we close out another school year, I can’t help but think about next year.
What will it look like?
How will we have to adapt our teaching and learning?
What can we do to prevent mistakes we occurred this Spring?
These come to my immediate mind, but another very relevant and vital question surfaces.
What can we do for the students who lost skills during Covid19, and how can we help to master some of those deficiencies?
I don’t think we’ll ever know the extent of how much knowledge and skills student’s lost.
So for this blog, I’m sharing with you 5 ways to rebuild Skills Without Distance Learning Summer.
5 Ways To Rebuild skills Without Distance Learning
The reason for emphasizing offline is simple. Having children get back on the computer will only rekindle the frustration and angst they endured.
Let me show you what I’m talking about in these examples.
- Find a camp that brings back hands-on activities. Whether it’s a STEM camp or just a good old fashion arts and crafts camp, children need to interact with their peers.
- Visit the library. Students need to read and retrain their minds about reading comprehension and curling up with a good book is a great way to do it.
- Take some day-trips. Get them out of the house to see historical sites. Or go to the beach where you can discuss the ocean. It will not only create memories, but it will also give you some much needed family time. Best part is you’re not stuck in the house.
- Hit the gym and shed the COVID 15. Most people have gained a “few” pounds thanks to the quarantine. Getting back in the gym will burn off some of those calories, but also pump endorphins into your brain.
- Have a good old fashion conversation. Our children want and need our attention. They want to share everything. Get a Starbucks coffee and chat away. Ask them what they liked and hated during the quarantine. You’ll get valuable information, so you know exactly how to plan should a 2.0 Quarantine come our way again.
Even though our lives will never be the same, we must still remember critical points that bring us back to our happy place.
That’s my challenge to you.
Find your happy place. Take the time you need to recoup and let our children discover how cool the world can be without being connected to a computer.
Does your class, school or district need help with distance learning or finding a way to bridge skills that were lost or never mastered?
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