Schools to reopen in stages starting 15 July 2020
Education minister announced in a live telecast yesterday that remaining students will be returning in stages to school and that the academic calendar for 2021 will be decided at a later date. Yesterday also marks the reopening of kindergartens and preschool centres which was exciting for students because they get to see all their friends again! However, some parents are still apprehensive and understandably adopting a wait-and-see approach before sending them back to their daycare centres.
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Playing catch-up during lessons when classrooms reopen
Two weeks from now, schools will be transitioning their students back and scheduling students to return is dependent on their location and space to accommodate school SOP. In preparation, schools are making plans for catch-up lessons so that their students are able get back on track with school objectives which may include additional supplementary learning materials, after-school initiatives or assignments to be completed when learning from home.
Here are 3 ways teachers can help their students readjust themselves back to learning schedules!
1. Review classroom aptitude
A great way to kickstart back to school is to assess student understanding! When playing curriculum catch-up, teachers should understand the strengths and weaknesses of classroom aptitudes - to identify the gaps and opportunities for learning improvement.
During the pandemic, there will be students that struggle because home living may not be a conducive learning environment and a lack in focus can derail any teaching instruction their way! We suggest including refresher sessions using FrogPlay as part of the lesson plan. Think of it like a warm-up quiz for the classroom especially if they’ve taken a break from learning!
2. Recreate the learning environment
When students are away from a conducive learning environment, getting back in the groove of learning can be overwhelming especially for students sitting for their examinations next year! If students are anxious about their learning, the stressful experience can distract them from learning.
Whatever the approach, now is the best time to get creative and fun when welcoming students back to school! For example, if you have a class of primary school students, they may be more mentally stimulated and excited by colourful visual aids during lessons. If you have older students, teachers can have casual class discussions about the topics they’ll be tested on.
When there’s joyful learning in class, it takes the pressure off learning to be perfect and to enjoy the learning process for the long term!
3. Be selective with classroom activities and homework
The brain is like a muscle and when you overdo your workouts, you risk burnout making yourself more tired than you ought to!
As a follow-up to building the best learning environment for your students, teachers should choose suitable classroom activities in their lesson plans.
For example, instead of expecting students to work on project-based assignments, start off with preparing low stakes classroom activity or homework through FrogPlay quizzes to slowly build-up a student’s learning capacity.
Use FrogPlay quizzes to help your students catch-up in their lessons
In a previous blog post we wrote about Eric Moseley from Talbot County Public Schools and his experiences with FrogPlay.
“I was put back in the classroom for three (3) months to fill in for a chemistry teacher. The students were far behind and final exams were three months away. At the end of term on final exams those students score similarly to other classes having had to learn ten (10) months of chemistry in three (3) months.”
Through FrogPlay Reports, Eric could identify student understanding from the quizzes completed. From there he could group students of similar understanding and tailor the learning content to help them improve. His approach to learning allowed high performing students to continue with newer learning concepts while being able to focus on students that required more attention and support.
Are you ready to help your students catch-up in their learning?
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