Tools for Teachers

Sprinkled with Some Tips & Strategies

🚧Block Scheduling🚧

🛠️Building an Instructional Plan for 90 minutes🛠️

The links and videos below will walk you through some common strategies and tools to successfully teaching online.

Publishing Videos to Youtube

Youtube makes it easy to create and share videos with your students.

Create a Youtube Channel for your Classroom

Step by step instructions for creating a Youtube Channel. This will keep all your classroom videos organized in one place.

Thank you Shannon R. from Mathew Thornton!

Publishing your videos to Microsoft Stream.

Microsoft Stream makes it easy to create, securely share, and interact, whether in a team or across your organization.

Baking = Great STEM Learning

Looking for fun at-home STEM enrichment? Try a baking project (or any cooking, really). Use cooking as a way to discuss measurement and fractions. Is a quarter of a cup of oil different than a quarter of a cup of sugar? How many quarter cups are needed for one cup? What would that same measurement be in grams?

After you've done all the measuring, then you can think about the chemistry of cooking. At what temperature does butter melt? Or water boil? You and your child can generate hundreds of questions and answers about math and science by the simple act of making cookies.

Then, once those cookies are made, there are all kinds of story problems! If everyone in the family gets an equal number of cookies, how many cookies does each person get? What about the ethical dimensions of cookie-making? Who should get the most? The person who cooks? Who cleans? Who buys the groceries? Or should everyone get an equal amount?

A Sample Day with Ideas to Help Fill the Time

*Disclaimer: What follows is a pretty packed day with a lot of transitions. The purpose here is not to impose a structure but to offer ideas for how to break up the time. Think of it as a menu of options; pick and choose what works for your children and your family.

8:00 Make breakfast together

9:00 An hour of schoolwork

10:00 DIY Science project

11:00 Exercise! Here are some Indoor suggestions

12:00 Creative lunch-making

1:00 Second session of schoolwork

2:00 Round 2 of physical activity - we all need it...

3:00 Healthy snack & DIY Crafts project

4:00 Write, rehearse, and perform a play or mock commercial, or dress up time.

5:00 Movie or TV break

6:00 Prepare, eat, and clean up dinner; everyone helps.

8:00 Board Games/showers/read aloud before bed