Teaching during COVID
This is a bonus episode that features the Kappa Delta Pi Teaching During the Age of COVID Webinar featuring panelist:
Frederick Yeakey, Vice President, Providence Cristo Rey High School (Twitter: @FredYeakey)
Chrystal Struben, President & CEO of AYS (At Your School) (Web: www.ayskids.org)
Dr. Samantha Fecich, Assistant Professor; Instructional Technologist, Grove City College (Twitter: @SFecich)
Brittney Alexis Caldwell, Teacher, Cedar Grove High School (Instagram: @talkteachtravel).
KDP shares, "You’re being asked to teach in all-new ways during this global pandemic. Although no one has all the answers to this unprecedented situation, we can learn from the mistakes and successes during the spring and strategize best practices for teaching this fall. " Listen to best practices, strategies, and tried techniques to help you during the fall.
Frederick Yeakey the Vice President of Providence Cristo Rey High School
Federal, State, Local
Grades versus Grace
Training for educators
Supports for families
When your Lesson Plan fails, then you teach to the Lesson
Chrystal Struben the President & CEO at AYS
Space design for operating in COVID-19
Static grouping/social distancing
1:15 ratio for K–6 (1:12 with 4-year-olds)
6 ft per student space
Breakout space for those groups
Students/Staff only in program space
Individual program supplies
High SEL focus
Maintain clear protocols
Who owns cleaning—what and when?
Appropriate cleaning materials for staff
Surfaces should be wiped down after each use
Including doorknobs and bathrooms
Deep clean daily
All students and staff are required to wear face coverings
Indiana has varied face-covering requirements
Daily Wellness Checks
Monitoring temperatures at the start of each session
Asking the COVID questions for adults and children
Keep staff informed as changes occur
Manage expectations by providing parent tips
what to expect from us
what we expect from you
Keep the community informed
Dr. Samantha Fecich Assistant Professor of Education at Grove City College
Asynchronous—Happens on your own schedule. It is flexible and self-guided.
Synchronous—Learning happens at the same time. Everyone meets together at a certain time/ date/ place (virtual or face to face).
Collaboration—Working together to achieve a common goal. This is a 21st-century goal that our students need to do as a result of education.
Jazz up your content with Slides mania, Slide Carnival, Canva, Microsoft Sway, Buncee Edu, Adobe Spark
Tools for engaging students: PearDeck and Nearpod
Additional collaboration tools: Google and Microsoft suite, Microsoft whiteboard app, One Note, & Padlet
Whether you are teaching online, face to face, or hybrid you are an educator of excellence. - @SFecich
Brittney Caldwell, MAT at Cedar Grove High School, SPED & Social Studies
How Do I Adapt my In-Person Lesson Plans into Virtual Plans?
Assess what course materials you already have. Ask yourself: Can this be easily formatted and redesigned for online use? What materials will I need to remake from scratch?
Decide how you will be running your online classroom. Mostly synchronous? Blended? Mostly asynchronous? Categorize the assignments and activities that you use in the classroom.
Chunk your learning objectives, standards and units into reasonable bits that allow students to achieve in a virtual setting. Large chunks of your existing lessons may need to be “chopped up” into bite-sized content and linked through various navigation features. “Online Modules” can be created based on standards within major units.
Utilize apps and resources that mirror your teaching style. Just as you test your equipment, prepare your classroom, and organize your materials for instructor-led training, plan and test your virtual training.
Restructure your formal/informal assessments to match your online classroom. Restructure Assessments to match online formats and include questions that cannot easily be “Googled,” such as open-ended questions, surveys, essays, and projects.
How Do I Increase Student Engagement During Virtual Learning?
Build a Community: Students feel more engaged when they have a ”family” sense of the class and no personal connection to one another. Message boards, a common social media hashtag, and accountability partners are ways to build a community amongst students. This also increases accountability.
Shorten Content: Keep lectures between 5-10 minutes and supplement content acquisition with multimedia presentations, asynchronous assignments, or short readings. Students will skim readings that are too lengthy and begin to tune out lectures that are too long.
Encourage face-to-face interaction: Video record your lectures if possible so that students can rewatch and become familiar with your face and voice as the course goes on. Encourage (but do not require) face-to-face small group sessions on Zoom/Meet.
Require Them to “Do”: Use Bloom’s Taxonomy to create assignments that encourage the students to produce, facilitate, create, etc. Avoid monotonous assignments that can easily be “Googled.”
Provide Opportunities for Collaboration: Fight student isolation by assigning partner, group, and class projects. This keeps them honest as well. No one wants to let their partner down.
We hope that these tips help you to prepare for this fall semester.