Distance Learning with Common Sense: Equity: Giving K–5 Learners a Voice and a Choice

Description: Distance learning is happening worldwide for the first time ever. Join us as we look at equitable class, school, and district options for K–5 to keep students connected to their school communities. We will share ideas for matrixes and choice boards, plus tips and strategies for facilitating a virtual classroom.

As schools across the country remain closed due to the coronavirus, we’re all doing our best to navigate teaching and learning from home. But let’s be honest: It’s not easy! In this twice-weekly video series from Common Sense, we sit down for short discussions with educators from all over the country to learn how they’re coping with school closures, putting together distance-learning plans, and addressing some of the challenges that come with teaching remotely.

Recorded on 5/5/2020.


Wanda Greenfield
Technology integration specialist/AT coordinator, Jesse Boyd Elementary School in South Carolina

Jennifer Ehehalt (@jehehalt)
Senior regional manager, Common Sense Education


1. Try to make activities and assignments student-directed. The less need for parent intervention or support, the better. This reduces parent stress.
— Teched Up Teacher:

Five Quick Distance Learning Activities For Teachers In A Pinch

— Lucky Little Learners:

Zoom Activities to Use with Distance Learning

— Google Images, Choice Boards:
— Writing City:

2. Integrate student voice and choice by creating choice boards.
— @Catlin_Tucker, educator:

3. Integrate related arts into live sessions. Students will enjoy seeing their art teacher, music teacher, librarian, physical education teacher, and others as we navigate the last few weeks together.
— Spartanburg School District 7 Matrix:

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Are you looking for resources to help during the school closures? We’ve got you. Common Sense has free tips and tools for educators and families to support the transition to at-home learning. Get remote teaching resources, family education materials, and research-backed strategies to ease stress and encourage learning:
For educators: https://www.commonsense.org/education/coronavirus-resources.
For families: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/resources-for-families-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic.

Join the conversation in our Facebook group, Common Sense Educators: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CommonSenseEducators/.

See more videos from the series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8TjVyuBdsCm83SWlcCqv3yfnORe0g7_q.

Common Sense Education supports K–12 schools with everything educators need to empower the next generation of digital citizens. Our innovative, award-winning Digital Citizenship Curriculum prepares students with lifelong habits and skills, supports teachers with training and recognition, and engages families and communities with helpful tips and tools. ​Schools everywhere rely on our free curriculum, expert advice, and edtech ratings to help kids thrive. Visit us at https://www.commonsense.org/education/.

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