Unit 2: Sparking Excitement: Eliminating Distractions


Return to Reaching and Teaching Learners in a Hybrid School Model

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Unit Overview

Unit at a Glance

In this Unit, you will explore ways to minimize distractions while teaching students in a virtual setting. Regardless of grade level, capturing the attention of students can be challenging. In the world today distractions are ubiquitous. Students have always been surrounded by distractors, however, the effect of those distractors have been amplified due to trauma and change resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.
In this Unit you will rely on you exploring the material listed under Learning Activity. After you have completed the reading, you construct in writing a learning environment (real or imagined) that incorporates 5 elements described in the texts. You will recording your writing using the link found in the Questions section.

Think about it

If you were a student in 2020 what strategies would you use to be successful during the pandemic? How would you cope with the stress of school and the world changing around you? How might you explicitly teach those strategies to your students?

Learning Activity

Review the articles below. For each item I have included a quote or description of the reading. As you read, consider how the ideas in the text, if implemented in your classroom, might change your practice. Also consider what kind of steps you could take to effectively model and teach the strategies mentioned.

When you are finished, use the link posted in the Questions section of this page to reflect on what you have learned.

4 Strategies to Help Students Feel Calm During Distance Learning
"The therapist Bonnie Badenoch says that “the shards of these accumulating experiences that linger in our muscles, belly, hearts, brains, and body systems gradually shape our perceptual systems and how the world looks.” We can plan distance learning curricula, create new ways of presenting content, and innovate our assessment protocols for virtual learning, but with so many unknowns in this time, students’ emotional and social well-being must be a priority."

5 Ways to Support Kids With ADHD During Remote Learning
"Tears and tantrums—popular words among parents who’ve taken to social media to describe remote learning for their kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Without the usual support from teachers or the familiarity of classroom rules and structure, the struggle to stay organized and keep up with lessons and homework has suddenly become overwhelming ... Without the rules and structure of the classroom, students with ADHD are struggling. Here’s how teachers can help."


Now that you have completed the reading, construct in writing a learning environment (real or imagined) that incorporates 5 elements described in the texts. What routines are there in this environment? How to children communicate with one another? How do students and teachers work together to eliminate distractions?
Click on the Link below, and answer the questions on google forms
Reflection Link

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Unit 3: Sparking Resiliency: Through Collaboration