Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Distance Learning Mayhem

Hello Peeps, 
It has been awhile now and our current situation doesn't help. As a mother, wife, and teacher at home balancing all three and more, I feel like I have been thrust into a bullet-like roller coaster that has no end. I go through moments of anxiety, frustration, tranquility, peace, happiness all blended together and all in one day. I try to remind myself that no matter what our current situation might be, we need to stay positive, clam, and do the best we can at the moment. 

Today I wanted to share with you about an amazing website I recently started using with my kiddos!
Flipgrid | Empower Every Voice
"Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create "grids" to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called "topics," and their students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display."

Students respond to a question you post via video right on the site. Students can then respond to each other and make comments. This is a great outlet to help kids think through their responses, to formulate ideas, presenting, and listening and speaking. 

It is a straight forward setup and they also provide a help link if you get stuck- not that you would 😉. When students posts their responses via video, I always find myself having so much fun watching them. Their little personalities come through-and it makes me feel like we are still in the classroom together. 

Once you join, come back and let me know how it went. 


By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
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