3 Free Resources to Lighten your Load during Distance Learning
I want to help you streamline your distance learning tasks.
If you are like me, you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the ideas, resources, and new things to try. I hope this post will help bring you back to center, and help you feel more calm and collected as you forge ahead in this unknown world of education at home. Out of everything I have tried over the past four weeks, these are the resources that have been the easiest to implement and have made the biggest difference for me personally.I hope that instead of overwhelming you, you’ll find that I have done most of the legwork for you by providing templates that will immediately create their own copies in your Google Drive. This way, you enter your own information and move forward seamlessly. You can learn more about these apps if you’d like to, but you also don’t *need* to right now. You can simply use what I have set up for you, and learn more about them later instead. (or.. never! I won’t tell.)I hope to write another post soon about specific lessons/activities I have been using with my students, but to be honest content isn’t what is most important to me right now. What’s most important, instead, is making sure my students are safe and healthy, and making sure I am not allowing myself to become overwhelmed as my career has changed so suddenly and so drastically.Over the past four weeks these three resources have helped me to stay focused on those goals. **They’re all free, and you will click to make your own copy for editing in your Google Drive. The first one is a free download via my TPT store, and the other two are linked directly in this post. If you have a moment and you decide to use my Class Hub, I’d greatly appreciate your feedback on TPT.
1) Distance Learning Class Hub
The purpose of this class hub is to share ONE document with my students each week – yet it contains all of our activities and resources, as well as my contact information and expectations. This hub is created and edited in Google Drive. You then share with your students (I recommend sharing as a PDF) and they then use the document as an interactive website, so to speak. They click through the options or assignments for each day, and can access everything you have prepared for them from one document.
Your students will quickly get used to the interactive format, and you will be able to communicate with your students providing your plans and expectations in one single document each week.Below is a video of how I use mine. I should note that my work expectations have changed GREATLY since that first week. My honors students currently choose any 6 activities for the week, and CP choose any 4. I offer quizlet and music in addition to traditional activities/projects… I hope to have a post about that for you soon.Over 1,300 teachers are already enjoying this resource. I hope it helps you too! And since all text is editable, please feel free to share the link with teachers of all subjects. There are a few math teachers at my school who are using this exact hub! With multiple teachers using the same format, our shared students know exactly where to look and what to expect. We have to remember that they are suffering from information overload, too.*Note* Since I share it as a PDF, I need to make sure the weekly hub is my FINAL draft before I share with my students. If you think you’ll make edits during the week, sharing the Google Slides file as “view only” with them works just as well; however, they will need to click “present mode” each time to use it as it’s meant to be used rather than just as a packet (which again, is fine!)After you download the PDF, you will be prompted to create your own copy in Google Drive.Download the Editable Distance Learning Hub here
2) Weekly Student Check-In
I created this resource because I want to make sure my students are OK each week- and I want them to know I’m thinking about them, and that I care about their health and safety more than my content.
This survey helps me check in with my students each Monday. I also prompt them to fill out the survey throughout the week as needed. The link below will immediately prompt you to make your own copy- you can edit, add, or remove questions as you please. You can then organize your students’ answers in one spreadsheet in Google Drive.Click this link to immediately access your own copy in Google Drive.Personally, I like to create a new copy of the survey each week, so that my student responses are separated by week as well. I hope this helps!
3) Distance Learning Checklist
I was motivated to create this because I needed a way to track work completion as well as my communication with students and families in a way that wasn’t overwhelming to manage.
I created this spreadsheet to keep track of all my information for the week on ONE page per class. I have space to track when I hear from students, when I reach out myself, and space to tally work completion. I can also track whether I have provided feedback on their work, and whether I have made attempts or had success communicating with families. I have made one sheet for you for each of your five classes; just change the block name and add your student names in the first column.Click this link to immediately access your own copy in Google Drive.
Hang in there.
I hope you can find something here to take some of the weight off of your shoulders. Because right now, I know that weight feels heavier than ever before. Please take care of yourself, and stay safe and healthy! And feel free to comment below with any resources you’ve found particularly helpful during this time.I invite you to share this post with the teachers in your life, whether they be Spanish teachers, math teachers, history teachers…. I hope these documents can help teachers in all content areas, since all text is completely editable.Before I decided to write this blog post, these resources went out to my email subscribers first. If you’d like to subscribe to make sure you get resources in the future, click here.Thank you for reading! Stay safe and healthy 🙂–Erin
My name is Erin and I have 8 years of experience teaching high school Spanish. I love building positive student relationships and bringing a bit of fun into my lessons to keep my students engaged!
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