Every June when I packed up my classroom for the summer, I stuffed my bag with books, curriculum guides, and other resources I needed for the projects I planned on completing over the summer. It was my time to get ahead!
If you read the first post of our Lessons from the Field series, you know that many teachers like you are supporting distance learning for the first time. This series is your chance to learn from colleagues while sharing your thoughts with us in the comments. (If you missed last week’s installment, read about the power of choice.)
Last week, I shared that learning will happen—no matter what you do. I hope that statement provides you with some comfort in today’s craziness. But I also recognize that teachers and parents are scouring the internet for resources to help kids stay engaged in learning, despite the changes we’re experiencing during the pandemic.
For four years, I taught middle school design classes at a small private school in Boulder, CO. At the end of each year, I received a letter detailing my employment for the following school year. Part of that letter described what would happen in the event of a school closure. I never gave that part much thought, convincing myself there was no possible way the school would have to close. Yet, here we are. Thousands of schools across the U.S. (including the one where I taught) have had to quickly enact distance learning plans. Teachers are adapting resources intended for teaching and school environment to support learning at home.