The No-Nonsense Distance Learning Guide
A step-by-step plan with tools and tips for every educator.
Launch Distance Learning Courses & Curriculum. This quick-launch tutorial gives you step-by-step, clear instructions to quickly start a distance learning course using OUR 6-8 math curriculum on the Kiddom education platform.
FOR TEACHERS & CURRICULUM ROLES
Quick Launch Tutorial: How to launch a course using Open Up Resources Digital Curriculum with Kiddom
First, you will need to sign up for the offer to receive your 6-8 math curriculum. To do so, simply go to this page and follow the prompts.
If you have not downloaded the free app yet, you can do so here.
Next, set-up your class on the Kiddom platform. This short video can show you how to get started. You can also read about this easy process here.
Once you have your classroom set up in Kiddom, you are ready to begin planning instruction with Open Up Resources 6-8 math curriculum.
Quick Navigation Tips
- As soon as you you login, you will notice the Curriculum tab, where you can digitally access the Math 6-8 curricula.
- From the Curriculum Overview, you can read the description and collapse any section that you do not wish to use or view.
- Scroll down to view and download the Teaching Resources, by either clicking on the blue link or selecting the download button.
- Returning to your Class Timeline, you can drag and drop any assignment you have created to assign it to students.
To learn more about navigating OUR with Kiddom visit the on-demand PL.
Considerations as you plan the first few weeks of distance learning instruction
Before you get started teaching and assigning content, you may want to consider the following as you plan for instruction:
Read the unit overviews for the content you have selected. This will help you understand what knowledge it is building on, and how each unit is connected to future content.
Read the Guidance document for the units/lessons you have selected. Many of the activities have specific considerations that might shake up or enhance instruction.
Read the Narrative, Launch, and Synthesis for each activity and determine how you will execute in a distance learning environment, taking into account any notes within the guidance documents.
Activities can be delivered in alternative formats:
- Teachers can offer a video or reading for the Launch
- Analyze a worked example provided by the teacher (correct or incorrect work)
- Encourage students to get creative with activities that require discussion. Consider asking students to talk with a thoughtfully matched partner in class, or a family member.
- You might have students record their own thinking and share it with others.
- Students can attempt the task independently and then share their process during the online discussion
Assessments can also be delivered in a variety of formats:
- Cool-downs can be completed individually with students taking a photo to submit or working in a collaborative technical platform.
- Teachers can select problems from unit assessment for students to discuss during online sessions
OUR 6-8 Math Guidance
As you think about possibilities and plan for implementing OUR 6-8 in a distance learning environment, here is some guidance for consideration.
Considerations as you select content:
Begin by examining the major work of the grade to select the content you will utilize with your students. Although it is desirable to cover all of the grade level content, the major work of the grade is essential for students in subsequent years in mathematics.
A content- and grade-level-specific guidance document from the authors can be found for each grade level.
This is for consideration only, as we recognize each teaching situation is vastly different. For your convenience, listed below is a high-level list of the major work for grades six through eight that is pertinent to the last quarter of the year.
- Grade 6: Rational Numbers, Independent Variables, Algebraic Expressions & Equations
- Grade 7: Rational Numbers, Algebraic Expressions & Equations,
- Grade 8: Exponents and Scientific Notation, Pythagorean Theorem, Functions
Once you have familiarized yourself with the upcoming units within the relevant OUR curriculum, you can begin using Kiddom for your teaching and learning. Once you login to Kiddom, your selected OUR Curriculum will appear in your curriculum tab.
Who are Kiddom and Open Up Resources?
Open Up Resources makes the highest quality curriculum accessible to educators seeking to effectively and sustainably improve student outcomes in pre-K-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics.
Kiddom takes schools and districts into the future of digital teaching and learning to meet the needs of every learner. Our education platform connects curriculum, instruction, and assessment in one place.
Our teams co-authored this No-Nonsense Guide to Distance Learning to help learning communities ensure continuity and quality through engaging distance learning experiences.
As part of this bundle, the entire Open Up Resources 6-8 math curriculum will be available in the Kiddom platform for free until Aug 1, 2020.
Looking for ways to keep your students engaged in distance learning? Here are some ideas:
- Share a list of websites where students can learn more about your module topic. Links to additional online resources can be found in the unit overview.
- Suggest students write letters/emails to friends and family explaining what and how they are learning in this new environment.
- Invite students to write personal reflections on each chapter or excerpt of text. This mirrors the structure from the module lessons, which allows students to process their thinking after reading.
- Invite students to write brief summaries of each chapter or excerpt of text. Guidelines for writing summaries are provided in module lessons for each grade level.
- Empower students to do further research (books or online) on an area of specific interest.
We have an index of resources available to support you in transitioning to distance learning! Find it here.
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