I could not wait to share this education technology (ED Tech) tool I created to help build classroom community! Classroom jobs help develop a sense of community and also help the teacher with tasks that need to be completed.
How to use
This helpful google doc. can be shared with students who can edit it and directly add their names to the job they choose. At the start of class identify which jobs are needed and a quick job description to go with it. The jobs in my class stayed the same all term and the students rotated jobs!
One job that really helped me as an instructor was “door holder” or letting other students in who were in the zoom waiting room. I was able to continue to teach while a student had the job of making sure everyone got in to class.
Picture of the job chart
How helpful would this tool be for your own remote classroom?
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) should be the bedrock and foundation in which we design any distance learning curriculum. I teach in higher education and encourage my future teachers to become flexible educators who use UDL strategies whenever possible!
Universal Design as a Support For All students
UDL strategies can be used for all students in your class to minimize barriers and maximize learning opportunities. I would love for you to watch this video lecture which describes UDL in more depth.
Due to the virus, the public schools and our workplaces have closed for the time being. My son and I worked together to create a social story (aka social narrative) to teach him about what “work” looks like for mom. He didn’t realize that me looking at my phone or using my computer could be “work.” Now after reading this social story, I tell him “mommy has a work call” and he remembers some of the things he can do while I am on the phone.
This 13 page social story helped us so much that I want to share it with other families.
My son helped me come up with this title! “My parents work at home now.” I tried to make it general (not mom or dad specific…) so it can apply to any home.