A common complaint with remote instruction is haphazard attendance and late log in’s, which is understandable. Here’s a suggestion that can dramatically improve the situation.
Wake-up calls and class alerts.
The technology is readily available, we just have to reconfigure the timing.
Every school has the ability to auto call parents when students are absent. A reactive solution at best. Go proactive. Every morning, 30-minutes before the first class, send every parent (and student, if you have their cell phone number) a wake up call.
“Good morning. It’s another beautiful day here at Eisenhower High School. Classes begin in 30 minutes. It’s time to log on and get ready for another great day of learning. If you have to go out today, remember… Wear your mask, wash your hands, and socially distance. It’s the Eagle way!”
Almost every school has the ability to send text alerts. Go proactive. 5 minutes before every new class or instructional block, send a text alert to every parent and students (again, most students now have a cell phone, get the number).
“Five minutes until your next class. Log in and get ready because the learning continues! Eagles learn and lead!”
In the online environment you have to work hard, work different, and be relentless to cut thought the noise.
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