Dear teachers, the schools are closed, but teaching and learning must continue. On this site we have gathered info, advice and referrals to materials and videos that help you teach and support students during distance learning.
The education and science ministry recommends teachers to think through which form of feedback (instead of numerical grading) works best for each student. It’s also important to analyze the amount and frequency of tasks given. It’s not advised to give tasks that have a time limit or tasks that must be solved within certain hours. The homes of students are different and the amount of devices and users in a students home can vary, so all students don’t have the same opportunities for studying. To take that into account, it’s important to systematically gather feedback from students and parents.
It is important that teachers work together to give students more tasks to develop their knowledge and skills across a range of subjects.
Recommendations for teachers
- Take time to find the best solutions, channels and tools
- Systematically gather feedback from students and parents and take it into account
- Help students create a system where they can find their tasks and info on task priorities and deadlines
- Find agreements with parents about channels and timeframe for communication
- Try not to prioritize digital solutions as they’re only means for information exchange
- Give longer deadlines for students
- Time the assignment of tasks so that working parents can familiarize themselves with the day’s tasks before going to work and thus help their children while away
- If possible, consider organizing teaching in weekly cycles in junior grades
- Get students to set specific learning goals for the day
- Take interest in the methods that students use to study at home and get them to exchange experiences.
- Students, their capacity for individual work, learning habits and opportunities of parents vary – keep this in mind when setting learning goals
- Avoid numerical evaluation for at least the first few weeks. Instead direct attention to coping with the new situation and find ways to create the best working methods and clear work organization for the future
- Formative assessment is the best possible way of providing feedback and motivation for students in today’s situation
- Instead of grading, offer children the opportunity to take tests without assessment to validate what they have learned
- Acknowledge students for their efforts, not their results
- Find ways to compensate for the lack of social interaction – for example once a week create a video chatroom where all classmates can get together
- Organize screen free studying days!
- Stay calm!
Recommendations for the head of school
- Support teachers and coordinate activities to find the best solution!
- Map the e-learning environments and tools used in your school
- Try to minimize the amount of different e-learning environments and instruments needed
- Teachers are blogging: What can we learn from distance learning?
- New Videos: 10 Tips for Teachers and Parents on How to Cope with Distance Learning
- List of digital study materials and websites (in estonian, constantly updated)
- Innove`s information desk and Rajaleidja centers are temporarily closed, counselling services will continue remotely
The list is constantly updated!