School is closed . . . distance learning begins?

 . . .  and just like that . . . schools across the United States and literally worldwide are closed to help control the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.  How is your local community working to mitigate the spread? Social distancing? Closing businesses? Limiting travel? Everything we can do to slow down this virus or flatten the curve is the goal when closing schools. However, with these school closures, many parents are forced into homeschooling their child(ren) and teachers are revamping their instruction from face-to-face towards an online learning platform.

When I sent back into my classroom . . . it was so weird to see  . . . empty seats, hear pindrop silence,  . . .  the life was this classroom was gone.  How long will this pandemic last? 

My district spent last week working to transition students from school learning to home learning. Parents/Guardians were contacted to complete a telephone survey regarding learning. Teachers collected all student materials, gym shoes, art supplies, workbooks, and notebooks.  Review work packets were prepared and copied.  All these materials were placed in a bag that parents could pick up by using a “drive-up” lane.  After two days of getting these bags ready to go, teachers had two days to begin preparing for an online learning classroom.  

AND . . . just like that . . . we are engaging in distance learning.  It is hard to believe that a virus can really turn our world upside down.  We’re not quite sure when school will reopen, but the current plan is in two weeks.  Until then . . . stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home.  

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Annette Durbin

Annette has been an educator for 29 years working in the PK-6 elementary classroom, English learner instructional specialist, district leadership, university professor, as well as a mentor for teachers nationwide. A National Board Certificated Teacher, Annette focuses her research on accelerating learning and advancing achievement, personalizing instruction, technology, and leadership in the education field.

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  1. Charlene

    As an intervention specialist split between two buildings, my students were used to not seeing me every day. They were already familiar with using Google Classroom to complete assignments. My learning curve was on Zoom. I guess it worked out okay, since they asked to continue Zoom lessons over the summer!

    1. Annette Durbin

      That is fabulous!!! Are you able to meet over the summer with the students? I will be split between 2 buildings this next year, so it will be interesting to see how things work out.

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