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It's the word everyone is tired of hearing: unprecedented. And yet, it seems to be the only word that can accurately describe the challenges educators have faced thus far this year. No one could have predicted that distance learning would become full time, graduation celebrations would be cancelled, and the only face-to-face interaction you were allowed with your students was via a drive-through car parade. It has been a strange, strange time. But our world will keep turning, and we will welcome students back into school buildings soon. With changing CDC Guidelines and plenty of measures being recommended to keep our communities safe, you'll need ways to create pieces on-demand - and we're here to help.
At VariQuest, we serve the needs of teachers and students in the pursuit of effective learning through the supply of easy-to-use visual teaching aids. After taking a look at the various academic tools we offer to help you enhance your classroom experience, you may find a number of solutions to help teachers teach better and students learn with greater success. The various types of teaching aids teachers and students can benefit from to achieve excellent results include presentation templates, visual posters, and more. The digital die cutting machine we offer can help achieve these goals.
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It's hard to describe this school year without using the words unprecedented, unexpected, chaotic, and strange. There just aren't the right words for the emotions you and your students are feeling about losing their "previously normal" routines. As this school year begins to wind down, there are some things you can still do to celebrate their achievements and remind them that the role models surrounding them with love and support are there for them, even in times of social distancing.
At a time when a majority of our social interaction is being done online, we have to be more aware than ever before of the things we're posting, sharing, hosting and baring. So imagine our students, who were born into a world where the internet was already accessible on a mobile phone. They're Tik-Tok-ing, Instagramming, and Snapchatting all day long to stay in connection with their friends during this time of social distancing. And as one of their biggest role models outside the family, what kinds of things are you talking with them about, as it relates to posting content on the internet?
Sensory paths are often used in school building hallways or classrooms to help students release energy, enhance focus, learn, and of course - HAVE FUN in the process. In this time of virtual and distance learning, we thought - what a great idea to give the project to students to create their own "math path" - combining STEAM methodology with kinesthetic learning! Knowing that not all students have access to sidewalk chalk and pavement, this activity can be recreated by cutting out paper shapes for the floor, placing tape on the carpet, or playing "architect" and designing their sensory path with just pens/crayons/markers and paper.
Kindness. Fairness. Respect. Self-Discipline. Courage. Perseverance. Responsibility. Cooperation. Trustworthiness. Integrity. Far beyond the reaches of science, math, and reading, our students are learning so much more with educators' help - understanding their feelings, working with others, and building confidence to take on the challenges that life will face them with. As teachers are often the first source of adult guidance outside the home, we owe it to our students to equip them with as many tools as possible to not only understand the solar system, but also their role as a fellow human in our great big world. What should we do if we see someone take something that doesn't belong to them? What should we do if we see a friend who is sad? How do we work with our peers to build a tall tower? What if someone tells us a secret they ask us not to share?
We're talking a lot about virtual needs and resources these days, but what about needs for those who NEED to be in-person? We at VariQuest are corresponding (from a distance, of course) with friends and family who are on the front lines of fighting this pandemic in healthcare facilities, and a common need at these places was around mitigating confusion via signage. People showing up to schools and hospitals need to know where they can and should go, to get the essential food pick-up and emergency care they need. And we thought - we can help with that!
Integrity: to act according to what's right and wrong regardless of who knows. Going beyond knowing what's right and wrong, integrity encompasses many personality traits including honesty, fairness, responsibility, reliability, and others in our social-emotional learning unit series, all rolled into one. But how do you teach students to do the right thing, especially when no one is looking? What if you saw a friend cheat on a test? What if you broke something at a store? What if your teacher needs to leave the room? Learning about integrity within its context in a student's great big world and facilitating discussion around "what ifs" helps grow understanding about how it affects not only themselves, but also those around them.
In this time of virtual learning, many educators are dedicated to finding content that all students can access and participate in at home. It may sound simple, but why not start a journaling activity? Have each student complete one page per day, divided into three sections about what they're reading, feeling, and learning. This can be used for any age, making prompts as complex or as simple as you'd like. Have students submit entries they're particularly proud of, for sharing with the greater class, and use all students' reading, feeling, and learning entries as opportunities to foster larger lessons and discussions with the class. It's crowdsourcing, for your virtual classroom!
As most teachers these days grew up themselves in a school system without the option of virtual learning, our nation's current school shutdown environment - lasting more than 1-2 "snow days" - is brand new territory. And because we as a nation are coming together virtually in a time of social distancing, there are tons of resources available online at free or minimal cost to ensure every student has the proper access to continue their learning in these strange times. Because many of you and your students are trying to only leave home for essentials, we've put together some ideas for real, educational places you can explore online, and still learn about the great big world: