Getting back to school this year is sure to be interesting. If you are going face to face or digital or a combination of the two, we are going to need to be prepared to be flexible! If last spring taught us anything is that our teaching situation can change over night. My district is going to start off digital then hopefully move to face to face. So building community over a virtual platform is going to be tricky. But it really should be our first priority. Our kids mental health is going to have to be number one. 

Keeping students engaged in the online curriculum and participating is going to be a challenge. Last spring, I saved Fridays for some fun activities and theme days were a super fun way to keep everyone engaged. 

Here is a quick little list of theme days for distance learning. Most of these require items that students will probably have around their house. The last thing you want is parents having to purchase anything special.

1) Beach Day or Luau Day:
2) Hat Day

3) Favorite Sports Jersey

4) PJ Day
5) Picnic Day

6) Pet Day
7) Camping Day

8) Pirate Day

9) Book Character Day

10) Grandparents Day (share about their grandparents or dressing up like old folks)

Teachers Pay Teachers has launched one of the BEST new features! I am so excited about how this is going to save teachers a ton of time this coming year.  We all are nervous about what this school year will bring...Will we be having face to face lessons? Will we be doing some or all of our instruction online? Either way, taking an existing resource and using it in a virtual environment is going to be so helpful!
Teachers Pay Teachers has been working on a solution to this very issue. This new tool will allow the buyer to take a PDF resource and add text boxes for answers and there is even a drawing tool and a highlighter. If a seller opts in to have their resources used with the Digital Activity tool, the buyer will be able to download the resource in the normal way and also add the digital layer. Then the teacher can assign directly to Google Classroom! 
Another awesome thing is that some sellers are enabling this tool and adding all the answer boxes for you! How easy is that?
I made a little video to help show you how it all works. I really hope this tool helps you in the coming school year.

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