Truth of the matter is, if you are in person right now, there is a huge chance you most likely will be going remote before the end of the year, even if it is just for a few weeks. With the holidays coming, families missing each other will get together and cases will spike leaving schools to make tough decisions. If this doesn’t happened to you AMAZING, but isn’t it better to have your backup plan ready just incase?
I know right now there are many districts and independent schools around the country who are remote, and many in person but with strict guidelines. It truly depends on where you are and what is happening in your community.
Living with this uncertainty is never good and for all of those teachers out there who are going through it, you are so strong, you are doing so amazing, and this too shall pass. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but things will get better.
What helps to ease my mind is to make a plan. I might never use it, but knowing it’s there would make me breath easier.
- Get a list together of resources you can use if you go back remote. What resources will you use?
- If you do not have it yet, get a few days worth of remote days ready. Your school could close at the drop of a hat!
- Lastly, I highly suggest putting together just a 2 month outline incase you go out for an extended period of time or if you are already out and want to plan ahead a little.
What do you have on your list? What resources do you plan on using with your students if you go remote? Think beyond the video chat format or the platform you are using to push out content to students. You already know what those are. My top 5 resources to use while distance teaching are,
- Quaver (https://www.quavered.com/preview/) I say this for obvious reasons but also because it is a huge library of digital resources for music educators and the new mobile link option is a GAME CHANGER for remote learning.
- Chrome Music Lab (https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com) A perfect platform for teachers to have students creating music. One of the most important things you can have them continue to do.
- Noteflight (https://www.noteflight.com) Students can compose so easily through Noteflight. It is also perfect for the older student audience.
- Staff Wars (http://www.themusicinteractive.com/classroom-apps.html) The link goes to the desktop version, but they also have an app that students can download to their devices to play.
- Incredibox (https://www.incredibox.com) This was a fan favorite for my kiddos back in the day and they continue to evolve. A great tool to get students creating and composing.
What happens if your school closes for just a couple of days? What do you have in your back pocket you could pull out to fulfill remote learning for those students? Even if it is just a couple of activities that they can go do.
- Make a rhythm and perform it on items you find around your house. Take a video and send it to me!
- Go for a walk with your family and listen for 3 things that have a steady beat. List them in this assignment and submit to me!
- Give them a creation website like Chrome’s Music Lab and have them create a sweet tune!
Then you have the situation where you might be out for a long while. How are you going to plan? What about planning a whole unit that might take up some time?
I made a planner template here you are more than welcome to use, Remote Leaning Plan here
Here is a filled out example of that planner here Remote Learning Plan Example here.
This example would take about 8 weeks and has room for you to input links to video chat rooms and digital lessons and activities for each week. Feel free to use! If you have suggestions on how to make this better, let me know. I’ll make adjustments!
Take just a little bit to plan out, life has been to stressful this year for so many. This can be one of the many things you can do for a little self care. Need help planning? I’ll help you, reach out on Twitter! @Musiccargirl14
I usually ask a question at the end of these, but right now all I want to ask is,
How are you doing?