Can you believe that Sunday is June - aka month four of distance teaching?? Who would have thought in March, when this all started, that we would still be here now. I've kind of found my stride (more or less haha) with distance teaching, and I do find it simpler now than at first, but there is one area that I still find a struggle. It's so hard to help my students progress with their reading via distance! In NS, synchronous learning is not even close to mandatory, and I have not been asked to do any work with small groups or any live meetings. (I do prerecorded videos all the time, and invite my students to send them back to me!) Overall, this has worked really well with my class, except, as I said above, with direct reading instruction. Distance differentiation is definitely a challenge! I've been consoling myself by remembering that this is maternelle  - some countries don't teach reading until age 7, and use the time before that to work really hard on c...
Flash back to almost 9 years ago, when I very first started teaching maternelle. First of all, two words for you... Pure. Chaos. Our days were PURE CHAOS. It was rough, guys! But for me, the roughest part of the day, where I felt like my teaching was the least effective of all, seemed to be math . I was following a boxed curriculum, and I did not like it. It wasn't hands-on enough, and when it was, it was NIGHTMARE. The "hands-on" lessons didn't permit every student to participate, and generally wound the kids up so much that the lesson had to be abandoned anyway. Guys. I will NEVER forget the lesson for the number six where I had to invite six students up to the front to PRETEND TO BE PUPPIES. I had puppies in my class for the rest of the day. No children, only puppies. And let me tell you, no one who didn't already know what six meant learned it. My philosophy on teaching math has changed a lot since then, and now it's one of my favour...
Bonjour! Long time, no post! I can't lie, navigating distance teaching on top of everything else that comes with a pandemic hasn't been easy. I've needed to create lots of new resources, film lots of lessons, and attend many virtual meetings over the past few weeks. Whenever my plate is full, I take something off of it, and this time, that was my blog! But, I'm back and ready to share what I know about distance learning with you. In fact, when I brainstormed my list of topics to cover, I came up with 12 to share over the next six weeks. So, I'm going to try to post two distance teaching tips per week - on Sundays and Wednesdays. If you need help, be sure to check back here! Today, I wanted to talk about something that's dear to my heart - options for students who maybe don't have access to reliable internet or devices. In high school, this was me. Now, I don't want to age myself too badly, but when I was in high schoo...