A Letter to Social Studies Teachers about Distant Learning

To my dearest teacher friend, 

I have wanted to write you this letter because I know what you are going through. 

Distant learning has been thrust on you, and all of a sudden, you are a virtual teacher. 

I wanted to let you know; it will be OK. 

You are a fantastic teacher that has impacted students’ lives in the classroom. 

Now you are going to do the same thing but from home. 

If you feel like it is too much, take my advice. 

You do not have to be a tech guru to be effective. 

Right now, you may see fellow teachers who have adapted quickly, and you are still trying to figure things out.

That is OK! 

Focus on what you make YOU a great teacher in the classroom. It may have never involved technology. It may have been your ability to build relationships, or you gave excellent lectures. 

What you did excellently is your strength. Tap into that superpower.

Look at this as a learning experience.

So your not good with technology, so what. 

The beauty in this situation is you can slowly learn a new skill to add to your teaching tool kit.

Next year, when you have your new students, you can easily incorporate your skills into the social studies classroom with ease.

Keep it simple.

You are going to see a lot of items online and feel intimated or less than, because you can not fathom doing these activities in your class. 

Do you know it is OK to keep it simple? 

Do not get down on yourself about what other teachers are doing. 

Keep it simple and focus on what you do well. 

How do you manage digital teaching for middle school social studies?

I suggest you take things week by week. 

Plan out each week and create a system your students can get used to during distant learning. 

I use this sequence of activities in my social studies classroom.

Monday: Notes Tuesday: Discussion boards 

Wednesday: An activity to practice learning( for example a PowerPoint) 

Thursday: Review for quiz Friday: Quiz

I think you are so amazing and have been doing a great job so far. Don’t give up; you can make it through these trying times.

Stay safe and sanitized 

-Alaina

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