You’re invited to the Teachers Teach At Home Facebook Group where teachers can make, and then post videos of mini lessons perfect for Pre-K, Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade students.
During this Coronavirus, Distance Learning, Virtual Learning, our families are trying their best at home. But they’re not trained to do what we do. And since we’re not connecting with our students like when they sit on our rugs criss cross applesauce, our students are missing out on valuable learning time.
And we can fix that.
To make the most of this time apart from our students, we can virtually teach students and share our knowledge and expertise in one spot: The Teachers Teach at Home Facebook Group. Parents will confidently know the videos their children watch in the group were created by teachers for our youngest learners.
Now before you panic, these videos you’re going to make don’t need to be perfect. They don’t need to be professional production quality.
Just pull out your computer, your phone or your ipad and record yourself teaching a mini lesson you would want your students to be able to watch now that they’re home learning.
And remember, our students need us. Their parents need us.
So let’s pitch in and help out our families during this unpredictable, unprecedented, anxious time.
Video Lessons could be:
- Reading a story, pausing to ask comprehension questions
- Phonemic awareness (rhyming, syllables, etc.)
- Sing a song that teaches something
- Blending, decoding
- Number awareness and subitizing and counting
- More than, less than
- Adding and subtracting stories
- Counting on or what number is missing?
You could use props or realia or show a poster/anchor chart if you want, but don’t feel like you have to.
So here’s what YOU can do right now to CONNECT with students around the WORLD:
- Choose a topic or lesson you want to cover. What do you wish you could teach your kids?
- Prop up your phone or set up your computer to record yourself (make sure the lighting is good so they can see you.)
- Go into our Facebook group here (LINK) and add the video.
- Write a little blurb about what the lesson is and what age it’s appropriate for.
- Tag the post #teachersteachathome
- Or upload the video to your Instagram account and tag it with #teachersteachathome
- Invite your colleagues or teacher friends to start making videos too.
- Invite your students’ families to join the free group so they can start watching your lessons. You can email your families this link:
Teachers without a classroom can still teach. We just need to get creative.
So if we can’t teach our lessons on our colorful rugs or at our kidney-shaped table or at the whiteboard, we can take our lessons to our kitchen table or our living room rug.
All we need is a computer or phone and the teaching can keep on going.
We’ll get back to our carpets and our kidney-shaped table and our whiteboards soon enough.
For now, we can use what we’ve got to teach all the students all around the world.
We can make this easier for parents and more fun and engaging for our students.
RULES for the FB Group: (Please read before posting your first video)
- Be Kind and Be Respectful…we’re all trying our best. If you don’t care for a post, you can just skip over it. If you like a post, compliment the teacher who created the mini lesson.
- If you are a content creator, there is no self promotion and no selling of resources. All posts that include a link to buy something will be deleted.
- Be careful not to share personal information like your school name or your city. This is an open group and teachers and parents may share your posts.
- Teachers: Please share videos of mini lessons that don’t include worksheets. Again, no self promotion. Make the videos engaging for students, just like you would in your classroom.