#UKEdChat session 494 – Never have we had a #UKEdChat when we hope that the topic would not be of use to so many teachers, but the current COVID-19 outbreak is making it necessary for schools across the UK and around the world to prepare for if and when schools need to close to prevent the spread.
Working from home may sound heavenly to many teachers, but many simple tasks become much more difficult when face-to-face communication is curtailed. Plus you may not be home alone, and juggling the family and work in one space can be stressful. See our article 10 Ways to Work Better at Home for some tips.
I was teaching in China during the 2003 SARs outbreak when many schools closed to prevent transmission and pupils were sent home with a pile of textbooks and a clutch of hastily photocopied worksheets. 17 years later one would like to think we are better prepared and there are many simple and quick things that schools can do to prepare in case closures are necessary, which can be used not just during this current situation, but for snow days, power outages, flooding and much more. I think that many schools may actually find that some practices learnt during this time may be beneficial even when this current crisis is over.
In the #UKEdChat discussion on Thursday 12th March 2020 at 8pm(UK) we discussed what schools are doing to prepare for possible closures, how teachers can work efficiently at home, how schools and colleagues can offer support, and how technology can help to keep learning happen.
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- What preparation has your school made to ensure learning continuity in the event that schools need to close?
- What systems can staff use to keep communicating effectively in the event that schools need to close?
- What role can senior leaders play in supporting colleagues and learning in the event that schools need to close and work remotely?
- How can schools ensure that all pupils have equal access to continued learning opportunities if learning remotely?
- Should schools aim to provide a full timetable of learning if teaching remotely?
- What role can technology play if schools need to close, and what tools can be used to maintain learning continuity?
- How will schools continue to support pupils with additional needs and create bespoke learning opportunities if teaching and learning remotely?
- Is there anything schools could do to support pupils’ (and teachers’) social wellbeing if they are teaching or learning from isolation?
- What can schools do to support pupils who are approaching GSCEs, A-Levels or other exams if learning remotely?
- What would be on your checklist for the top 5 things schools need to consider when preparing for possibly teaching and learning remotely?
- What practices of remote working do you think will continue after this current situation is over?
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