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Day 11: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!
March 30, 2020
Welcome to week 3 of Coronapaloza! I hope everyone is continuing to stay healthy, safe, and sane out there! Please make sure to check this website frequently, as there are many changes happening this week. I will keep you as updated as I possibly can :)
This week brings a lot of news from CPS for all of us, as we begin shifting over to 'remote learning' (NOT e-learning). I am hoping to send out a letter by Wednesday with clarification on what this will look like for our class, as well as expectations and a sample weekly schedule. Here are the things I can tell you right now:
CORONA CHALLENGE: Any work finished, as well as the points sheet, will be due Friday, April 10th (the Friday of spring break). I will work on revising some of these awards that are no longer feasible, because I know you are all working hard!
STARTING APRIL 13: Each week, no later than 10pm on Sunday, I will send out a work calendar as well as a link to a google drive folder, that will contain an entire week's worth of lessons, activities and work. THIS WILL BE MANDATORY WORK but should not take up more than 2ish hours of any given day. More details to come as soon as I get approval from Mr. Coors, but I'm pretty excited to share what I've cooked up for y'all, and hope you enjoy the resources and assignments!
VIDEO CONFERENCING: I really miss my students! I also want to make sure everyone is getting the instructional help they need. Sometime during spring break, I will be setting up a Calendly for you to sign up your student for a 20 minute video conference (via google hangouts). My goal is to meet with each student, at least once a week, for 20 minutes. We'll see how this goes, and if it works, great! If not, we'll figure something else out :)
SPEAKING OF GOOGLE HANGOUTS: You should be receiving information from Mr. Coors this week with your student's CPS google information. They will need to set up their account to use google hangouts, as well as access google classroom. Right now, my plan is to continue using this website as my primary means of communication and to assign work. Should this change over to using a google classroom, I will make sure you are all aware well beforehand.
LASTLY: If there is ANYTHING your family needs, or anything I can do to ease your burden during this time, please don't hesitate to reach out via email and let me know!!! We are a 2nd grade family, and I am here for anything you need, academically or otherwise. In the meantime, look forward to another read aloud video being posted sometime today or tomorrow (depending on how slow my internet is!)
March 26, 2020
*UPDATE* Math lesson has been uploaded to the video gallery!!
I've uploaded some anchor charts to the Learning Resources -- a few for math (pace value review, money) and one on prefixes-suffixes. I did not make these, but they'll be good to look at if your student gets stuck. I've also uploaded another video, and this is a good one to use with your Venn-Diagram template.
I don't want to overwhelm anyone with even more work, but if you need any other resources/have any questions about content/just want to video chat to say hi, please don't hesitate to reach out!
March 24, 2020
Today's update is just a quick check-in -- how are things going? What questions about the work expectations/Corona Challenge can I answer? Are there any other things I can help you/your family with?
My goals for this website this week are to post 2 reading videos as well as a math video reviewing money (which we had just begun studying). Please check back for another update Thursday, and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, or even just to say hi! :)
March 19, 2020
I'm sure you've heard the above phrase 1000x from your child, as they sit and look at the worksheet you have placed in front of them while you try to manage your sanity. I feel you. Homeschooling (and teaching in general) is no walk in the park, especially while you try to manage your own work at the same time. One of my favorite authors and education gurus, Roxanna Elden, wrote a great article for first-time homeschoolers, which you can read here.
If you haven't already, check out the learning resources page for some meaningful, fun time fillers. I've also uploaded my first e-learning video to the video gallery, and am planning on having another video uploaded by Friday afternoon.
Please continue to reach out with any questions you have, or to set up a video call if you'd like. Stay sane, stay hydrated, and stay positive!
March 17, 2020
Our first E-learning video is live! Click the Video Gallery button to access a link that will take you to my youtube page. Enjoy and keep learning!
I hope everyone is settling into our 'new normal,' and enjoying some extra family time! Moomoo, Andy and I spent the morning cleaning around the house, setting up shared work space, and figuring out how we want each day to look. Structure and routine are super important for staying sane and being productive through the next few weeks. I know Mr. Coors provided you with a sample schedule for students, and wanted to offer MY personal schedule (just for fun) as well as an alternative way to structure each day.
My current routine:
8:00 - Wake up with some tea and do some yoga! Hang out with Moomoo
9:00 - Wake up Andy (who is not a morning person)
9-11 - Housekeeping time! Today we cleaned out our desk and one of the closets.
11:00 - Break time! We've been enjoying watching old episodes of Saturday Night Live.
12-3 - Office hours. Field emails, work on unit plans, read professional text, create content
3:00 - Break time! Aside from TV, we really like playing board games. I recommend Splendor!!!
4:00 - Go for a walk, run errands, etc
5:00 - Cooking time! Andy doesn't like cooking with me because "I'm mean" in the kitchen.
6:00 - Eating time! Even though we have a dining table, we usually eat in the living room.
7-9 - Chill out, work on my art (creating maps for my D&D game), and relax
9-10 - Bedtime! Andy stays up much later, but I like going to bed early.
Here is what I recommend for students every day. Rather than set strict times, I would base structure around 'work completion goals.' For example, each day your student should try to get done:
1 phonics activity
1 Reading activity (except the book project, which will take more than 1 day)
30 minutes of reading, just for fun
1 Writing activity (each major project should take 3ish days)
1 page of the NWEA packet
1 other math page
30 min fun math games/coding
30 min khan
1 hour of art time/some other creative endeavor
What do YOUR routines look like so far? It would be fun to hear what everyone is doing!!!
THE CORONA CLOSURE UPDATE
Thank you for your continued support as we navigate these tricky times. I want to make sure I am able to support all learning, even when we are not in our classroom. Below, you will find important information for the next few weeks.
OFFICE HOURS: I will be available and easily reached weekdays from 12-3. The best way to reach me will be through my email, email@example.com. For more urgent matters, or if there is something more easily discussed over voice/video, or if you just want to say 'hi' to Ms. Hartzen, please set up an appointment with me to chat through skype (you should be able to find me by searching my full name, Michelle Hartzen).
I will also be updating this page as frequently as possible, to keep everyone in the loop. Feel free to share any information here with other families from our class, on the NPS facebook page, or anywhere else people look.
WORK EXPECTATIONS: Paper resources will be available for pick-up NO EARLIER than 3:15 on Monday, March 16. I have created a file called 'The Corona Challenge," which is divided into subjects. Under each subject, you will find a list of assignments. Anything in bold italics will be graded upon our return. The rest should be used for practice and reinforcement.
Along with the paper copy, I will also be uploading as much as I can digitally, which can be accessed at the page titled 'Corona Challenge'. I will also be sending home cursive books (not for a grade, but something fun/relaxing to do), as well as books from my library for their book projects (please return the book when we are back!). If you are in need of any other supplies (art, paper, etc) please let me know and I will be happy to provide.
Check your student's work as much as you are able, to make sure they are understanding the concept. Many of these assignments are review, but some introduce new ideas. I will do my best to upload anchor charts and other resources to help teach these concepts. You will be able to find these resources on the page titled 'learning resources.'
Additionally, I will be attempting to upload video lessons (guest starring Moo Moo and Andy!) two or three times a week. You will find the youtube links to these videos under the page titled 'video gallery'.
I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH -- your student should be completing academic work each day! I have done my best to make it fun and include incentives, but you will probably need to check in with your student and make sure they are on task. We will be hitting the ground running on our return, and students WILL BE TESTED on content sent home.
Lastly, if there is anything your family needs during this time (grocery delivery, activity ideas, etc) that I can help you with, please do not hesitate to reach out! We are a family, and I am here to support you however I am able. Let's continue looking out for each other and checking in with everyone. Go team!