Asynchronous instruction, which is when you aren’t teaching your students in real-time, has quickly become the new reality for many teachers and districts. It’s necessary for safety, but teachers now have to figure out the best way to get their content out to students that they can’t see.
Fortunately, most teachers have been able to rely on platforms like Canvas, Blackboard, SeeSaw, and Google Classroom to push out material to their students. While written assignments and instructions are fine, students still need to hear and see you on occasion. There’s just no replacement for that. That’s where recording comes in.
If you read my blog in the past and you stuck around all these months during my radio silence, I thank you. If you’re new, welcome!
As you can probably guess, the pandemic was a big factor in my absence. Here in Texas, it went from being “hey this might be a problem” to “we are staying home an extra week after Spring Break” to “no more in-person school” in a two-week span. Since I’m an EdTech, my team of 11 was in charge of getting every teacher in our district trained and prepared for some sort of online teaching in an extremely short time. It was chaos and, quite frankly, exhausting.
On top of that, I had just found out I was expecting. While great news, my body’s reaction to pregnancy for the first 3-ish months was to feel as nauseated as possible and try to reject the food I put into it.
Finally, and most importantly, I just didn’t know what I could possibly contribute to your lives that would be helpful. Sure, I could throw out some knowledge on random tech tools, but that’s not what anyone needed at the moment. Everyone went into survival mode and that was how it stayed until the school year ended.
It’s been entirely too long since I’ve posted anything. I took a break over the holidays to enjoy time with my family, and then got a string of illnesses. It’s been three weeks, and I’m on the tail-end of the flu. My whole family got the shot, but we all got Type A anyway. I don’t remember the last time I felt this sick.
I just woke up from a nap, my husband and daughter are napping, and I’m able to sit upright, so I wanted to let you know that I’m still around. Thanks for being patient.
The holidays are just around the corner, and my Facebook feed is blowing up yet again with invites to participate in the Secret Sister Gift Exchange.
In case you’re not familiar with this yearly phenomenon, the gist is that you buy a $10 gift for one person and can potentially receive up to 36 gifts from your “Secret Sisters” that are also participating.
Sounds too good to be true right? That’s because it is. According to this article from the Better Business Bureau, the gift exchange is considered a pyramid scheme/gambling and is, therefore, illegal.
As a mom, an educator, and a wife, I have a lot of things to keep track of. I did a pretty good job over the years, but I never felt like I had a concrete way of keeping up with it all. Everything was always spread around between different calendars, sticky notes, and apps, so it was hard to remember where everything was.
A friend at work showed me her bullet journal a few years ago, and I was really intrigued by the idea of it, so I started doing some research. Now, I’m completely hooked.
If you read my posts about Canva and Sway, you’ll know that I’m not afraid to admit that I need help when it comes to anything involving graphic design. As teachers, we need all the (free) help we can get. Fortunately, there are a ton of free tools out there to help us design beautiful posters, anchor charts, projects, newsletters, and crafty personal projects.
Whether it’s anchor charts, lesson plans, flyers, or newsletters home, teachers are always creating. It’s easy to pull up a document and type something up, but it doesn’t necessarily look pretty or polished. I’ve seen teachers go to TPT to buy anchor charts because they look prettier than what they can make (even though the content is the same), because they want their classroom to look cute.
Save your money. With Canva, you’ll be churning out gorgeous content in no time. Heck, you could probably even sell it on TPT!