Before COVID-19, my students were familiar with whole group and small group teaching. We would do whole group lessons to introduce skills or review skills and then break out into small groups. During small groups, one station was technology where they would have 15 to 20 minutes everyday to work on skills that aligned to our daily lesson. The emphasis with my inclusion students was to provide more hands on, tactile learning, so that they could manipulate materials and understand why they do what they do when solving mathematical problems.
Now, my students are having to use more technology to continue their learning for the remainder of the school year.
Fortunately, my district was able to pass out Chromebooks to students who needed technology. This means an increase and online learning and online resources.
Now that my students' online learning is increasing, so is the need for online resources. With these Teacher's Pay Teachers gift cards, I would be able to purchase engaging interactive activities for my students to use in their Google Classroom. Through the activities that I would receive, my students would continue being able to manipulate numbers, shapes, fractions, lines, etc to solve math problems. My students would also be able to have the charts, diagrams, and tools to refer to like they did with the anchor charts in class.
Even though we're distant, we are still close.
My students love that we can still work together and see what each other is doing. Using other online tools like Zoom or even the phone, I can talk with my students while they are working on these activities. I can see their movements in them, such as typing a number or moving a piece and they can see mine. If they get stuck, I can still help them through problems step by step watching them, scaffolding for them, and if need be showing them. It makes that feeling of being distant, not so big.
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