Staying sane while learning at home

We are now on the home stretch of the lockdown and many of you will be beginning online schooling this week. Yay! 😉

It is undoubtedly going to be a bit of a change that some of you might feel a bit hesitant about. But do remember the rest of your classmates and even your teacher will be feeling just as unsure. It’s new for all of us. So here are some tips to help you make the most of it.

Your technology:

Put away your phone, it might be tempting to scroll during class out of the shot of the camera but it’s a bad idea! If you struggle with this, consider downloading ‘Forest’. Forest allows you to set a timer and plant a virtual tree that will die if you pick up your phone and go on another app. With every virtual tree that you plant, you earn coins that go to the planting of real trees. What a win-win! You can help the environment and help you to focus on your studies at the same time. 

Another good thing to keep in mind is to be aware of what others can see and hear. If you are in a live video class, check your surroundings. Be sure to mute your mic when you aren’t using it. Also, tell your family members that you’ll be in a live video class and so they don’t interrupt your lesson.

Your space:

Like I talked about in part 2, try to find a dedicated space to do your work. That might be a corner of your room or at the dining table. This way when you sit down there, it will signal to your brain that it’s time to get into work mode and not chill mode.

Try to keep your study space tidy and organised. Be sure you have all your books, worksheets and other supplies. That way you won’t hold up your class while they wait for you, or miss anything important when you are getting organised. Due to the nature of online school, you no longer have a teacher there to check you have what you need or to give you a backup copy. It’s up to you to stay on top of things.

Your attitude:

Try to be positive, it’s hard when you can’t see your friends and have the usual perks of going to school.  But at least you can snack, chill with your pets and be in the comfort of your house when you are doing school work. Remember this is only temporary and you will be back with your friends at school in no time.

What are your tips for online learning?

1. Who is the main person or group of people in this news article?

2. What was the key event from the news article?

3. Where did this event take place?

4. When did this event take place?

1. Find a quote from the main person in this news article?

2. In your own words describe what happened in this news article.

3. Find out where this event took place and include some information about this place.

4. Tell us when this event happened and explain what might happen in the future.

5. Explain in your own words why this event took place.

Current Events Web
Find the Who, What, Where, When, How and Why in the article to complete this worksheet.

I Think Because
Share what you think about the article and explain why.

My Questions
Write a question map about questions that you have after reading the article.

News Review
Give the news article you have read a review

Write what you KNOW about the topic in the article, what you would LIKE to find out and then what you have LEARNT.

Newspaper Bingo
Play newspaper bingo. Find a number of different articles to complete the grid.

Questions and Answers
Write a set of questions and then their answers after reading the article.

The Big Idea
Find the big idea by highlighting the 5 W’s and 1 H. then select 25 of key words associated with the article.

Word Investigation
Vocabulary exercise where students find key words within the article.

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