Engaging Students Offline

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As educators and families during this time, a student's learning experience will look different from their brick-and-mortar school day. Understanding that students and families have different needs, below you will find an assortment of materials for no/low tech learning options. Some students may appreciate the routine of a schedule while others may need the opportunity to make choices and have input into the structure of their day. For some ages and families, time schedules will be helpful and for others unnecessary.

The goal here is to 1) cultivate safety and wellbeing, 2) support responsible and reflective learners, 3) keep in contact with your teacher, and 4) enjoy!

News: It was recently announced that GCI and ACS will be providing families without Internet service with free Internet, including a modem. Due to demand, expect delays. Stay tuned.

  1. Stay in Contact with Your Students - If you are able to, call your students to connect with them. Maintaining relationships and being there for your students is the most important thing you can do at this point. If you’re not able to call, send a letter in the mail. Consider including a self-addressed stamped envelope for your student to write back.
  2. Communicate with Families - As best you can, communicate the knowns and the unknowns of the situation with families. Clarify expectations. Prepare some ideas that you can share with families for facilitating learning at home, like activities around a ‘wonder of the day’ or an activity outside like a scavenger hunt that can be connected to content learning.
  3. Prepare and Send Resources to Students & Families
  4. Personalized Challenges - Send students a personalized goal around reading or a special project to keep them engaged in learning and have routine check-ins to discuss their progress.
  5. Journaling - Encourage your students to write on a regular basis. Students might choose to write letters to classmates, interview an elder, reflect on specific reading or learning with a learning log, or record their non-classroom activities.
  6. Art Projects - Send a simple art project to the student that they can create and keep. Consider your students’ needs and interests, then share options such as a coloring sheet, origami with directions, or weaving using recycled containers.
  7. Math Learning - Do your students have access to playing cards? There are many games to play to practice math skills. 20 Card Games to Enrich Math Skills
  8. The Radio Report - Have students tune into their local radio station and report out on what they learned.