Free Low-Tech/No-Tech Distance Learning Activity 12-Pack

The pandemic is spreading quickly and it looks like my initial two-week Coronavirus lesson plan isn’t going to be enough. Since my brain’s default is worst-case-scenario mode, I’m now expecting all of our schools to cancel in-person instruction for the rest of the spring semester.

Will this actually happen? I have no idea. What does this mean for our students? Again, no idea. I’ve never taught in a 1:1 school and my online learning experience is limited to a couple of dismal professional development courses. Not fun. And, yet, fun is exactly what we need right now. Everyone – kids, parents, you, me – are freaked out and we don’t need more stress. Am I really going to ask 9th graders to read Romeo & Juliet on their own? Nope. Am I going to learn an entirely new online platform without any actual training? Nope. Am I expecting students with limited or no internet access at home to be able to meet for virtual office hours? Nope.

Instead, I have a plan – and it’s a fun plan. I’m calling it English Class in a Jar.

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Depending on what your district requires, these plans can be standalone activities or supplements to district-provided curriculum. All I know is that our teens are looking to learn and earn their final quarter’s worth of credits. Let’s help them get started.

I’ve pulled together 12 assignments (click here for the free download) that teens can work through on their own at their own pace. Parents, if they choose to, can easily administer the work or kids can manage it on their own. The materials are all repeatable, so we’re good for 12 or 24 or even – yikes! – 36 days. We’ll see what happens.

Please note: Most of these activities are also available as individual free product downloads via my blog or online shop and you may already have some of these worksheets in your filing cabinet or on your computer’s hard drive. I’ve bundled them together in one download to help streamline lesson prep and resource harvesting for teachers and homeschool parents.

How are you doing with the transition to home study? Let me know how things are going and if you’ve found any resources to make the transition easier for the rest of us. Teach on, everyone!

Credits: Laura Randazzo – Solutions for the Secondary Classroom

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