[School Closures] Resources for Successful Remote Learning Days
[School Closures] Resources for Successful Remote Learning Days
Unexpected school closures can send everyone into a tailspin without a proper plan in place. While automatic rescheduled school days were once the norm, widespread implementations of technology in classrooms have allowed more and more schools across the United States to embrace remote to combat missed school days and avoid lost learning time.
Whether you’ve started implementing remote learning days to make up class time or you’re just looking for more information to help prepare for the unexpected, we’ve compiled a list of our best resources all about remote learning to help you and your students to be ready for unforeseen school closures.
Defining Remote Learning Days
Whether it’s due to extreme weather or other things out of your control, like unexpected illness or scheduled staff development days, occasional school closures are inevitable. Administrators know that missed days can be detrimental to student learning and state requirements. To combat this, many states are adopting remote learning (also known as e-learning day) policies. If you’re curious about this education trend, take a look at some of the tips we’ve compiled and important elements we think you should consider.
School closures due to unanticipated circumstances are often the most common, and they really can’t be helped. They do, however, quickly put students behind. Learn more about what remote learning days are, and follow these tips to ensure that learning continues even when teachers and students can’t physically be in the classroom.
Younger students sometimes need a little extra structure and direction to be productive when they get a surprise day away from the classroom. Keeping their minds engaged and focused on the curriculum while stuck indoors can save a lot of time when school resumes, so it’s worthwhile to have some go-to activities and strategies on hand in the event of a weather closure.
School closures due to community emergencies, inclement weather, and other unexpected events can’t be helped, but they can quickly put students behind, especially middle and high school students working through a rigorous and tightly scheduled curriculum. However, with a little planning and the help of technology, school closure days don’t need to put learning on pause for secondary students.
Using Edmentum Programs
Edmentum knows that unexpected school closures can cause their fair share of disruption both inside and outside of the classroom. Take a look at the guides below to see how you can keep your students on track with your Edmentum programs when virtual learning days are necessary.
See how to use Edmentum Courseware, our program for secondary curriculum, credit recovery, and college and career readiness for grades 6 through adult, on days when students and educators can’t be together in the classroom.
If you are using Study Island in your classroom, your students have access to a program that they can use anytime, from anywhere with an internet connection. Here are four ways that you can use Study Island to keep your students practicing and learning even during a school closure.
If your school or district is using Exact Path to power personalized learning, then you know that you already have access to an online program that can be used around the clock from any Internet-enabled device of your students’ choosing. Here are a few ways to ensure that your virtual learning days are as thoughtfully organized and successful.
Keeping Students Engaged
Just like when in the classroom, it's vital that your students feel involved and connected with what you're teaching when it comes to remote learning. Take a look at a few of our resources on driving engagement when you're teaching remotely.
Download these free K–12 worksheet bundles for your students to take home. These bundles include math, language arts, science, and reading and literacy activities from a variety of our online programs. You can find more free, downloadable, and printable resources on our Edmentum Teacher Resources page!
We know that you’ve spent countless hours trying to make sure that you’re up to speed and that students know how to use their online programs, but there are other ways that they can set themselves up for success. Take a look at the tips that we’ve gathered from virtual school student pros.
Virtual classes can make it more difficult to create a platform for quieter students to contribute. Instead of falling into a trap of calling on a select few who you know will speak up or putting those who are shy at participation on the spot, try some of these tricks to engage some of your more reluctant remote learners.
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Learning from the Best
Nobody knows a bad weather day quite like Minnesota. To combat the frequent snowstorms making it hard to get students to classrooms, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) approved amendments to allow for up to five e-learning days a year. To those looking for inspiration, we’ve broken down the e-learning day requirements that MDE has outlined and provided tips on how Edmentum’s online programs can support your e-learning days.
Random Lake School District in Random Lake, Wisconsin, is one of the many districts commonly affected by bad weather days that is putting the concept of virtual learning days to the test. Learn from Random Lake Elementary School Principal Sandy Mountain to find out how the school prepared and executed two such days and what it learned from its experience to date.
Schools across the country are creating and building upon creative, innovative, and effective programs every year that are helping more students achieve success outside of the classroom. Looking for inspiration to launch a virtual program in your organization? Here are four schools with unique virtual programs that are making a real impact on student outcomes.
Looking for more assistance to help you plan for the unexpected? We collected our best tools and resources to help make sure that you and your students will be successful with your virtual, hybrid, or blended learning program. Explore webinars, curriculum-planning guides, workbooks, video lessons, and more of our best resources for virtual learning success in our free Hybrid and Virtual Learning Success Kit!
This post was originally published November 2019 by Brita Hammer and has been updated.