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Need help managing a distance learning schedule? Then this is for YOU!
Ok. I know. THE EMAILS. The multiple kids. The deadlines. The zooms. It’s a lot. I feel you. And I promise, a system will help you. A lot.
Here’s the deal. If you are doing virtual learning right now, you need help managing a distance learning schedule. There’s a lot coming at you, especially if you are managing multiple kids and grades. And it can be really overwhelming. If it’s overwhelming for you? It’s overwhelming for the kids too. So here we go. These are some simple steps to help you manage a distance learning schedule and not go insane.
How to Manage a Distance Learning Schedule
Guess what? This is the same thing classroom teachers do. We have children with services, pull out programs, and groups that switch. So we have to plan too. If you think classroom teachers just go through a workbook with no planning? Then we haven’t been transparent with you. Each year teachers do something called backwards planning. We look at the end goals (tests, assessments, and skills we want our students to learn by the END of the year or an academic period). Then we work backwards to plan what needs to happen each day. So that’s what we’re going to do here. Yes, this is a little more to do UP FRONT. But I promise it will minimize the chaos and make at home learning less stressful.
So you’re getting all these emails right? Here’s the deal. You need a calendar for each child. A separate calendar. It can be a fancy calendar or just a template you print off the internet for free. It doesn’t matter. Here’s the deal. Every email you get with a date or deadline? That immediately goes on your child’s calendar. Now this is extra, but I’d color code by subject (these erasable pens are my favorite thing in life). Why the color coding? Just like kids, we respond well to systems and organization. Systems help our brains manage stress and anxiety. This whole thing? Is anxiety producing. And looking at a nice color coded calendar? I promise it will be calming and less stressful.
So what happens now? Each day, you or your children fill out daily routine chart. I’d say most kids second grade and up can do this themselves. They’ll look at their own calendar, take the daily tasks listed, and transfer them. They will also add daily zoom calls or whatever else is scheduled. And there you have it. All you look at for the day? Is that task sheet. Each kid has their own. You? Just need to help them work through THAT and check things off. As long as you keep that calendar up to day, your distance learning schedule will run more smoothly.