These are strange times for us all. I hope you are all getting used to your new classrooms at home! Don’t worry if you are finding it hard to get things done, we will figure out a way to make this work together. There are lots of different ways we can make this a memorable experience for the right reasons. If you have come up with a system that works for you that’s great, keep it up! Below are some tips that some of you might find useful if you are looking for new ideas.
- Have a schedule: Come up with a schedule together that works for everyone at home. This doesn’t mean you have to do the same thing every single day, but it does mean that you can plan for what you are going to do, and you can work by yourself sometimes. Remember that whoever is minding you at home will have work to get done as well, you will have to be very responsible at times during the day.
- Spread out your work: Don’t try to rush through lots of written work in one day. You won’t learn anything from it because your brain won’t concentrate for that long. Pick a task in each subject that you are going to do- spend 20 to 30 minutes on a task. Start by reading what you have to do. Ask yourself questions about it- What are you being asked to do? What do you want to know when you are finished?. After you have completed a task give yourself a short brain break before you move on to something else. This might mean that you help out with a chore or get some fresh air for a few minutes.
- Get lots of exercise: There are lots of easy ways to do this both inside and outside, use your imagination! If you run out of ideas you could try this:
- Strike a balance: Because of the situation we find ourselves in, technology is going to have a role to play in your learning. There needs to be a balance between how much time you spend in front of a screen and other ways of learning. This is why making a schedule is handy because you can plan ahead. You will find links to some helpful resources for different subjects in a separate post.
- Get creative: Every activity you do can be linked to your learning in some way. If you are doing practical activities like baking or cooking you could write or draw the procedure for what you have to do. If you are outside take some time to notice what is around you. It is amazing what you might hear if you are still and listen carefully. Use this as a free writing activity when you are back inside. If you are doing any arts or crafts, tidy up after yourself just like you would at school!
- Don’t worry: This is a new way of doing things. Don’t be worried if you don’t understand some of your work. Use this time to practice your tables or go over work you have done before. Maybe you will surprise yourself by what you remember.
Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2020