Remote Learning Broadcast #1 Friday, March 13, 2020
Welcome to our first school-wide Remote Learning Broadcast. In the spirit of ‘we’re all in this together,’ we are providing this document to help us learn together during the challenges presented by Covid-19 precautions. Although there’s a lot, we strongly urge you to read all school communications. Please do not allow yourself to become overwhelmed by this--see the tips below, process information in segments, and after doing so, let us know what additional questions and concerns you have that we may be able to address. Consider keeping a running set of notes to serve as reminders or a check-list as you work your way through. Stop here and set that up if possible, before you continue.
Yours in community,
Dr. Fischer and Ms. Peet
Prepping for Remote Learning
- Set up Workspace! Spend some time cleaning, clearing and organizing your spaces. Remove distractions, gather materials, set up lighting and perhaps a display space.
- Study space
- Shared space
- Personal space
- Take Inventory. Systematically go through what is needed for each responsibility: class, CORE, CLICK, etc. Is technology set? If not, contact ECA ASAP! Notepad ready to make lists as you read through this? Timer to use for focus and schedules?
- Schedule! Maintaining set times, especially in shared spaces, is crucial for focused work habits. Also, keeping regular sleep patterns that allow you to work during business hours is strongly recommended. Set time for fresh air and self-care too.
- Collaborators - connect with those who can support you. Who’s willing to work when you are? Who can help you problem-solve besides the ECA staff? Who are your check-in people or who do you want to help redirect you if you’re distracted? Make sure you know who your class group members are and their contacts.
- Read Emails! - By now you should have received communication from all ECA teachers and CORE advisers. If you don’t see those emails, then reach out right away! EMU instructors should contact you by Monday afternoon--contact them if you’ve not heard from them via email, Canvas, etc. Follow all instructions given by all teachers, please.
Remote Learning Tips
- Dining Room Table - this is usually best to treat as the ‘school in session’ area during set times as long as distractions are kept to a minimum. If this space doesn’t work for you, be very deliberate about creating a space that will be your work area.
- Accountability Partner(s) - check in with those who help you remain focused.
- Sound - if you elect to have noise, please choose something without words or in a language that you don’t understand. Google music for focus and there’s lots to support you!
- Read Aloud! More than ever you’ll need to rely on the written word for learning. Use multiple pathways to process information--reading and speaking and writing.
- Vision - Reduce eye strain by breaking up screen time. Use natural daylight to assist focus and bright electric light when there’s little or no sun.
- Displays: calendar, white board, written lists on mirrors in dry erase, post-its, etc. can help stay on top of the workload.
- Attend to Details! - Read EVERYTHING. Don’t jump around or skip text. This will only slow your process in the long run and you’ll miss crucial information. Re-read multiple times (out loud) if you’re inclined to skim or skip items.
- Persist! - If you need to take small breaks, fine, but do not give up! Manage impulsivity and frustration by taking deep breaths, stretching, and going back with slowed focus. Of course, reach out for help after a couple of rounds of trying to make sense where you’re stuck.
- Self Care - This soft skill is frequently neglected, but part of long term success.
- Sleep - 8-9 hours during the night.
- Movement - Daily, in the fresh air as much as possible. We are used to walking campus between classes, so walk around in and out to stretch, dance, laugh, etc.
- Attitude - recognize that this is a stressful time and catch any negative thoughts and talk. Replace with something positive or reassuring (I’m learning new strategies, I’ll have a story to tell one day about my CV experience, Everyone’s going through similar struggles, etc.)
- Nutrition - Drink WATER! Your brain and body needs healthy fuel. Protein and healthy fats feed the brain while simple carbs cause brain fog and crashes. If your family struggles with groceries or other essentials at this time, please contact Food Gatherers and/or the United Way (linked below)!
Additional Resources & Articles
Thanks for reading! Dr. Fischer and Ms. Peet