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Going the distance, with advice from teachers


Teacher-suggested approaches to Distance Learning:

1. Take it one day at a time.

2. Pace yourself. 

3. Make a schedule that works for you. Consider different time management scenarios.

For example:

  • You might do a little bit of work in each subject throughout each and every day, much the way a class day is structured.
  • Or, split your days in half, or thirds. (A few hours in the morning, afternoon, and/or evening. )
    You might devote Monday morning to period 1, afternoon to period 2 | Tuesday morning to period 3, afternoon, to period 4 and so on, taking time each evening (homework time) to assess your work, stay on track. Use Thursday afternoon, and Friday to tie up loose ends and make sure all work is completed and submitted.
  • Or, configure days according to demands of subject areas and prioritize. (Time management is a great skill that will serve you well in the less structured settings of higher ed, and work life.)
  • Fit in breaks to relax, snack, and give your day balance. Set reminders, too!
  • Remember to make contact with teachers 3 times a week (via email, google classroom, office hour meet-ups, Remind app, etc.) to satisfy attendance. This is a good time to get help or touch base to get a boost of encouragement.

4. Take breaks. Get outside to clear your head or remember to look out your window. (Windows, yes!)

5. Check in with teachers. (See their office hours.)

6. When you're not in contact with teachers, know they're thinking about you and supporting you.

7. Knowledge is power, follow these tech tips:

  • Use Chrome browser for a smoother experience with Google Classroom and Google Hangout Meets.
  • When checking school email (a couple times each day) look for notifications from Google Classroom.
  • Visit Google Classrooms daily for new announcements/information.

8. Take a deep breath, don't stress.

9.  Please know that we understand, and we recognize you are not just juggling schoolwork, but also have important home responsibilities (taking care of siblings, sharing household chores, sharing internet and devices, negotiating schedules of multiple family members, and day-to-day self care, in addition to meeting everyday basic needs, under unsual and trying cirumstances.) We get it.

10. We have your back. We're in this with you!