COVID-19 Educator Help Desk

Daily Schedule Curiosity

  • 1.  Daily Schedule Curiosity

    Posted 05-19-2020 14:58
    Hello! As we continue to unpack what remote/ virtual learning looks like at varied grade levels, I am curious to get feedback and additional information about what the day looks like, for K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12? What is the schedule you could share that has been effective? Is it a combo of daily synchronous and asynchronous? I'm looking for specific examples of what the teacher day might be at each of these grade levels. If you have documents to share, please include in the discussion response. We have "local control" in Iowa, so really want to dig into what the actual day can be for teachers. TIA for your discussion and examples!

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    Amy Wichman
    Regional Director
    Heartland Area Education Agency
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


  • 2.  RE: Daily Schedule Curiosity

    PLN Leader
    Posted 05-20-2020 17:57
    I teach at a Jewish Day School with a dual General Studies (Math, ELA, SS, Sci) curriculum 60% and a Hebrew/Judaics currciulum 40%. In a regualr school environment.
    Grades 1-4
    On Monday/Wednesday General Studies meets live with students for 2 hours and provides work to complete when off Zoom.
    On Tues/Thurs Hebrew/Judaic meets live with students for 2 hours and provides work to complete off Zoom.
    Grade 5 switches classes and they meet daily I believe with Math, SS/Writing, and ELA with Science lab once a week live and recorded content and activities the other days
    Special area teachers provided recorded content/Padlet/Flipgrid and students complete at their convenience

    We also have special programming, like Maker dates with me, live Music classes, trivia, salad making, spanish, sign language, read alouds, etc that occur throughout the week that students and families can attend or not.

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    Nancy Penchev
    I Lab instructor
    Instructional Technology Coordinator
    Scheck Hillel Community School
    North Miami Beach, FL
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


  • 3.  RE: Daily Schedule Curiosity

    PLN Leader
    Posted 05-21-2020 09:53
    Most of the districts in my region don't appear to have a standard "plan" (which I appreciate, as one model will not necessarily work for all).

    I know one teacher in particular (4th grade) has two daily Zooms with his class-- one is math, the other is reading (and other subjects are incorporated in as well, when possible... though not as often as they would be in a traditional class). Most of the time, the Zooms are reviews of content learned using videos in Pearson Education (and other instructional components), so the teacher has essentially flipped the classroom-ish. The rest of the time the students are expected to do the work that is posted in their LMS on their own time.

    Another teacher in the same district has ZERO synchronous meetings at all! The work is all on the LMS (videos, assignments, etc.) but no Zooms.

    I know of a few others who do have Zooms every day or every week but at different times of day, and I know attendance is a struggle (it could be due to lack of technology access but it is my humble option that it is more due to the lack of consistency-- people simply do/can not remember what times they are meeting and on what days because it changes so often).

    Meanwhile, another district in my region was hoping to schedule Zooms like they had their actual classroom time scheduled, essentially creating a true-to-schedule (but via Zoom) school day... but lack of access (devices and network connections) is far too prohibitive, so they abandoned that vision.

    There are seriously so many different things happening! LOL. I know personally, in my household, we have had to adapt to the "expected" plan from the schools with what is possible and functional here at home. I think the "what is possible and functional" variable (both for students as well as teachers) is important to consider in each household, and is the reason why there are so many different things happening!

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    Kristin Edwards
    Distance Learning Specialist
    CiTiBOCES
    kedwards@citiboces.org
    @CiTiKristin
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


  • 4.  RE: Daily Schedule Curiosity

    PLN Leader
    Posted 05-21-2020 10:40
    Great question @Amy Wichman
     I teach  four levels of Spanish and a STEAM course. I have been offering two meetings with Zoom per week with  each of my classes and hours on Wednesdays for office hours for all students. I also let students know that I am available throughout the week if they have questions, we can set up a meeting.
    Each day I create a plan for the 25-30 minute meeting, have an intro activity or check in, go over tasks for the week during the 1st class meeting, then teach some, play a game, do an activity or something else so students  can interact. I did a scavenger hunt in a few classes this past week.
     I have a Padlet with all class materials and use Buncee to send some messages and for a virtual classroom space. We also use other tools like Nearpod, Formative and Flipgrid and I communicate with students and families with  email and Remind.  Hours of my day are definitely all day and weekends, as many students have work, family responsibilities and are working at different times.
    The meetings are not mandatory of course, I encourage them to join in and I have many students who have not missed a class meeting yet. ​

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    Rachelle Dene Poth, JD, MSEd
    Foreign Language & STEAM Teacher, Riverview H.S.
    President, Teacher Education Network,
    Mobile Learning Network Leadership Team Member
    PAECT Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 2017
    Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
    Nearpod PioNear
    rdene915@gmail.com

    Twitter and Voxer: @rdene915
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


  • 5.  RE: Daily Schedule Curiosity

    Posted 05-21-2020 16:40
    Thank you!

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    Amy Wichman
    Regional Director
    Heartland Area Education Agency
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


  • 6.  RE: Daily Schedule Curiosity

    PLN Leader
    Posted 05-21-2020 16:00
    Hello Amy. Digging into the virtual day looks different for everyone. I'm interested in everyone's daily schedule as well. We are finishing out our school year here in Florida on an uplifting note. I came across this article in Education Week about virtual schedules that is share-worthy as well.

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    David Lockett
    STEM Teacher
    Bok Academy
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


  • 7.  RE: Daily Schedule Curiosity

    Posted 05-21-2020 16:38
    Thanks David! Did you attached the article or link it? I cannot seem to find it but would love to read it!

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    Amy Wichman
    Regional Director
    Heartland Area Education Agency
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


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