September 2020

Share Your Best Tips for Back to School!


As August moves into September, students are going back to school. For some, this means a mix of in-person and virtual learning. What are your favorite tips and tricks?

We’ve scoured the internet for practical ways to keep you on track this year, and are sharing our favorites. See something missing? Let us know by filling out this form and we’ll share our favorites in the October Citizen.

Designate Your Work Station
As a teacher, I’m sure you have space inside your home that you’ve been using to grade papers, prepare lesson plans, and catch up on schoolwork. Maybe this space will be enough to resume virtual learning, but give it a refresh. Pay attention to your backdrop. And -- most importantly -- make sure you can walk away at the end of the day to “turn off!”

Flip Your Classroom, but Keep Videos Short!
Do you ever wonder why sitcoms are around 22 minutes an episode? That was done after researching how long people could sit and pay attention to a screen.TED talks are not allowed to be longer than 18 minutes. Some studies say that 6 minutes is the ideal length of time for a video -- so don’t worry if your videos aren’t long! Keeping them shorter is a way to keep kids engaged.

Keep It Social
We may be all separated, but you can still keep things social. Ask students to upload a picture of their favorite assignment. Tell students to write letters to a pen pal, the old-fashioned way. Assign small group projects -- but keep the groups different. And schedule a few one-on-one calls with students to see how they’re doing.

The most important thing to remember is to give yourself some grace! This is a school year unlike any other. Take the lessons learned last spring and apply them to this year. Remember that no one is doing this perfectly, and we’re all in this together!

Tell us your favorite strategy for a successful virtual learning experience, and we’ll share our favorites in the October Newsletter.

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