Points of Interest March 25, 2020

With schools closed through April 15, distance learning is ramping up statewide. Teachers in Duval County are well into their first week of on-line instruction to DCPS students. There have been glitches here and there, but teachers have been very resourceful in coming up with their own solutions or are contacting DCPS to assist with problems. Teachers are working together in teams to share ideas and resolve problems.

We want to thank those teachers that have jumped right in and been unafraid to be innovative. They have developed innovative lessons and videos; come up with resolutions to circumvent technical issues on their own; and, above all, are sharing their ideas and problem-solving solutions with their peers. We also want to thank those teachers who are reaching out and not being afraid to ask for help when needed while being receptive to ideas and help from others.  That is teamwork!

It is important for educators to check in with students and colleagues, especially those who are less comfortable with digital tools and digital learning. Additionally, all the distractions can make working from home difficult. It can be challenging to keep to a regular schedule. Here are some common-sense suggestions that may help you stay focused.

  • Prep meals for yourself and your children the night before.
  • Set daily goals and block time for those goals to be accomplished.  
  • Write your plans a week ahead of time as you normally have done.
  • Take regular breaks.
  • Make time to exercise and move about.
  • Limit distractions as much as possible.
  • Go outside when you can, maybe even working outside if possible.
  • Be sure to take time to socialize (via phone, skype, social media) and decompress after your workday.
  • Take time for your personal care.
  • Keep a regular sleep schedule.
  • Ask for help when you need it. Don’t suffer in silence.
  • Check your DCPS subject area Team site for ideas.
  • If you have ideas to help others, share them by posting on your DCPS subject area Team site.

Find information about coronavirus and Florida schools: The FEA website has a collection of resources for members, educators and parents to help understand and cope with the changing conditions due to the pandemic. Lesson sharing is also available. Click on the site below.

Make class videos fast: Thanks to Tampa Bay Times education reporter Jeff Solochek for passing along this how-to video from teacher Andrew Borne: 

No matter how long this nation-wide crisis lasts, DTU will continue to do their utmost on behalf of you and Florida’s students. You may be at home and feeling alone, but we’re in this together — 145,000-plus union strong across the whole state of Florida.