This month has been tough for teachers. Since the middle of March 2020, many Educators in NYC, Seattle and San Francisco have been teaching remotely because of the global pandemic. With more schools on the verge of shutdown, teachers are looking for answers. Scroll down for resources for Remote Teaching and our Podcast Conversation with Leticha Fraser.

This week, I’ve been thinking about what teaching looks like remotely grade to grade. I spoke with Leticha Fraser, a Kindergarten teacher in NYC about how her 1st week of “remote teaching” went. Kindergarten teachers use many manipulatives, toys and games in order to engage students- but how does that work online? “I can only assume they have paper and pencils at home.” We spoke about 1st week challenges and successes while addressing problems teachers face day to day.

Make sure to follow Leticha on Instagram (@unteachablemoments)
Check out our Podcast Episode with Leticha this week on Spotify!

In our conversation we discussed:

  • Teaching Kindergartners in quarantine
  • 1st week reflections on remote teaching
  • Leticha’s journey through education
  • Reinventing yourself during this transition
  • Teachers being micromanaged
  • How detrimental scripted curriculum is
  • Teacher Self Care (Leticha gave a conference on “working out at work”)

Interested in finding more resources for your students?

Resource Websites

  1. Khan Academy
    The Khan program engages kids in core subjects like early literacy, reading, writing, language, and math, while encouraging creativity and building social-emotional skills. They even provide a schedule for kids K-12 to follow.
  2. Scholastic Learn at Home
    They provide stories, videos, songs and activities each week for students K-12.
    Projects are organized day-by-day and provide families and teachers with Tips and Tricks on how to engage exciting learning experiences each day.
  3. DuoLingo
    DuoLingo is a fun way for students to engage in learning another language online! (It’s super addictive). Duolingo offers 35 different languages to learn. It’s a great way for ELLs (English Language Learners) to continue practicing English. Duolingo just launched Duolingo For Schools, check it out!
  4. Duck Duck Moose
    Duck Duck Moose makes fun and engaging apps that encourage imagination, creativity, and learning in children.
  5. PBS Everyday Learning
    PBS Everday Learning realizes that learning does not take place only in the classroom. Children learn by observing animal friends in the backyard, discovering new ways to get moving, picking out shapes in a walk around the neighborhood or critiquing a famous piece of art. Learning occurs naturally, everyday!
  6. YoReMi Kids
    Yo Re Mi combines musicyoga and mindfulness education into one affordable and effective, curriculum-based enrichment class that promotes a child’s physical, social, emotional and mental health. NOW OFFERING LIVE CLASSES ONLINE!
  7. Wonderopolis
    Wonderopolis is a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, they pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day—and explore it in a variety of ways.
  8. Be a Dinosaur
    This site was created to give kids a fun, creative, age-appropriate place to learn and play. With a focus on reading, numbers, and simple skill games, these free educational games are fun for kids and a great way to learn new things.
  9. Beat Goes On
    Start moving with Beat Goes On, a YouTube channel that posts daily body percussion videos!
  10. Amplify Science
    Self-guided videos that teach students how to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers.

Educational Podcasts for Kids!

  1. Stories Podcast
    A bedtime story show for kids of all ages!
  2. Wow in the World
    Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. We’ll go inside our brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology.
  3. Circle Round
    Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR’s Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10.
  4. Noodle Loaf Show
    Noodle Loaf is an interactive podcast born from the brain of a music education specialist father and his goofball kids. For about 10 minutes at a time, Noodle Loaf invites the family to join together for some creative fun. 
    The show is geared for kids 3-9 years old but we’ve seen kids of all ages get into it.

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Remote Resources for Teaching Kindergarten

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