It has been a long time since I have had to take a day off for illness. In fact, I think the last time I was out sick was in 2011. I eat right, exercise, and take care of myself. My job comes with some stress, but usually not enough to wear me down.
Like most teachers, if I have a cold, I go to school. It is way easier to sniffle through a week than to write out detailed sub plans for each individual course for 5 days. So, imagine my horror at being told to stay home for 2 weeks.
What is a teacher to do? Luckily, I had some strong antibiotics and a strong online toolkit that helped me get through the hardship of being away from the classroom. PowerSchool Learning, Loom, FlipGrid, Kahoot, and EdPuzzle allowed me and my students to interact and learn together, even though I wasn’t on campus.
Have a good foundation. I would be lost without the use of a learning management system (LMS). I have used many in my time, but it wasn’t until I started teaching online with Global Online Academy that I really got a grasp of how to make an LMS a dynamic space for my students to interact with course content and each other.
As some of you have read in my blog a few years ago, I make the most of my PowerSchool Learning pages (aka Haiku Learning). I put all of my units, lesson by lesson, on my pages within the LMS. Students can see a calendar of lessons, they can see the individual lessons, and they can access all lessons resources: video tutorials, documentaries, links to other online activities, text, worksheets, or whatever was handed out in class....