These two words pretty much define my teaching this year. I had a set way of doing things until COVID. Many of these things have had to change. These changes have come through a lot of thinking and trial and error, but, fortunately, I have found some solutions to my biggest problems caused by teaching in my "COVID Classroom". My first big discovery was how whiteboards can be used to replace a lot of the group-based activities I have always done as well as give me a window into their social emotional wellness.
I ordered a class set of mini-whiteboards a few years ago with grand ideas of how I would use them, but never really utilized them very well or often because I didn't have too - I had other activities and strategies that I was more comfortable with that I kept falling back on. Now that most of those group-based strategies cannot happen in a socially distanced classroom, I wiped the dust off my whiteboards, and they have been a Godsend! I use them all the time now. Here are some of the ways I've been utilizing them that have been the most effective:
I hope these were helpful and maybe sparked some ideas. If they did, please let me know in the comments, and don't forget to visit my store for great Social Studies resources!
I'm a 14 year veteran teacher that loves teaching, coaching, writing, and my family.