Learning Is Messy

On the website Learning Is Messy, in a blog post entitled, So How Could I Still Teach My Students If School Was Cancelled? , Brian, the author, makes some awesome suggestion of how to get students engaged in schoolwork outside of the classroom. What if students are sick? How will they catch up to the rest of the class after being absent? What if there is a snow day or days off of class due to a hurricane? How would students be up to date with the curriculum? All of these questions are constant concerns with any teacher.

I guess I have never realized how much weather and illnesses can affect a students learning experience. It is so important for the teacher to ensure that his or her students are not only up to date with each other on a day-to-day basis, but also with the standard curriculum requirements. When a student misses school, he or she ends up missing valuable information.  When school is cancelled for a week due to weather or some other factor, students end up missing valuable time.

So, with that being said, what are some cool tips to help keep students up to date? In the blog post, the author suggests students should create a class blog. Blogging gives teachers an opportunity to leave assignments for their whole class with a click of the finger. Students are then able to complete the assignments within the blog and receive immediate feedback. What a cool idea! What if the teacher created a video to demonstrate how to solve a certain math equation? This way students won’t miss a beat! Later on in the blog, the author suggests using the Internet and programs like Skype to take the students on a virtual field trip or guest speaker. How about using Google Docs, in Technology and Teaching, to provide students with useful handouts and documents.

I think So How Could I Still Teach My Students If School Was Cancelled? is a great blog for any teacher to investigate further. It provides helpful tips and advice on how to make student’s home life just as productive as school. By using the Internet and exploring new ideas time spent at home by students doesn’t go to waste.


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