WHAT WILL ONLINE LEARNING LOOK LIKE?
Reading instruction varies based on many factors
Children learn to read at different ages and some require specialized instruction such as phonics or whole-language approaches while others may decode words correctly but struggle with reading comprehension. My reading instruction strategies involve strategies for sounding out words, high frequency word recognition, assistance with fluency and expression, vocabulary techniques including instruction of phrases and slang. I use a combination of online reading websites and real books with a document camera.
Creative writing, exposition and reports
Writing stories, describing an event or setting, creating art through poetry, crafting a report based on in-depth research, and sharing one's experiences are distinct and important forms of writing. The most important goal is to inspire students to write with passion and this is my main focus when I am teaching writing. Students who experience joy when writing a poem or pride after presenting a well-researched topic that is important to them will achieve much more than those students forced to write a boring description what they did on their summer holidays (especially during a pandemic).
Math should be fun, not painful
Regardless of the level of math I teach, I try to make it fun and interesting. Many say it is impossible, but I use strategy games, hands-on activities, logic problems, MENSA challenges, cultural folk tales that are math problems and many other methods. When a topic is difficult to gamify or create fun challenges such as memorizing the times tables or algebra, I employ humour and break up the activities with a change in task.
A hands-on approach to Social Studies
We all exist in communities that interact and cooperate with other communities. Although online teaching seems like it would exclude interaction with other people and communities, a well-designed assignment certainly can achieve both educational goals and challenge students to go out into the community to learn.
The world runs on code
Nearly all of the devices we work with and certainly more of our devices in the future will run on computer code. To students who have never learned to write a computer program, computers, cell phones and even smart fridges probably seem to work by magic. It is far better to learn computational thinking and understand some of the code that underlies the world we live in. I use Scratch and Code.org to teach coding to students from six years of age and up.