Today's blog post is all about Learning Slides in the elementary classroom! I'll be sharing what learning slides are and how you can use them effectively in your classroom! While I love to use LEARNING SLIDES to establish routines and expectations for the school year, they are also incredibly helpful for distance learning. Let's take a look!
What are learning slides?
There are many ways in which slides can be used in a classroom setting. While I've always loved using a projector and slides to keep me focused in the classroom, I wanted a familiar way to present material and establish routines throughout the day. Teachers, and students especially, tend to thrive on ROUTINE and a CLEAR FOCUS. To me, that is what Learning Slides are -> templates for organizing your daily instruction.
Let's take your classroom morning routine for example. You have soft classical music playing and the lights are dimmed. You greet your students with a smile as they enter, while they hang their backpacks and collect their book box. They walk to their desks and look to the board for the "Good Morning" slide. They look for important reminders and start their to-do list. (Today they are working on a journal entry. Yesterday it was a math riddle. Tomorrow it will be a poem.) Once finished, they pull a book from their book box and begin reading while others are still working or finishing up. This continues until you signal the transition to the carpet by playing the welcome song. Students place their book box in the designated area and meet you on the carpet.
This routine is explicitly taught from the first day of school. You practice daily, answer questions along the way, and YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY implemented your first routine. Expectations have been set. Your students know exactly what to do. This is the start to something great!
How to use Learning Slides
As a teacher, determine the parts of your day that are essential to learning! You can use the daily templates to share your learning goals for the day. This gives your students a glimpse into their learning. This would be a great slide to share following your calendar time or morning meeting.
The content area slides are perfect for aligning your teaching with standards and goals. These slides can be for the teacher personally or displayed on the projector. They are also great for distance learning, as you have all the items students need to know in one place!
Rotate centers or stations easily by editing the info in your computer. Add or change throughout the year as needed!
Incorporate times for mindfulness, brain breaks, reflection, and exit tickets with easy to edit slides!
Best of all, these slides can be used for distance learning if needed! Simply select the slides you want and edit as needed. Then save each day or week in a file to share with parents. Everything is organized and cohesive, so parents can quickly learn the format and what to expect. Students can access the slides on their tablet or computer!
You can find the link to these Learning Slides HERE. Do you use learning slides in your classroom too? Tell me below in the comments!
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