How to Make a Petmoji!

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How to Make a Petmoji!
Hi everyone! A lot of you have been asking me how I made a Petmoji of my Great Dane, Hiccup for my virtual classroom. If this is something you are interested in doing, just follow the step by step instructions below!
1. Create your Petmoji.  Go to http://www.mypetmoji.com. Click 'get started' to create and personalize a Petmoji to match your dog or cat. 




2. Download your Petmoji.  When you are all done creating your Petmoji, click the button that says download. When you open the picture that has downloaded, it will look like this. As you can see, there is still writing and a background on this picture. Before you insert your Petmoji into your virtual classroom, you will need to remove these things. If you have any kind of photoshop or photo editing program, that would be a great way to simply crop and use the erase tool to remove the background. If you do not have a photo editing program, see the next step!
3. Edit Background. If you are reading this step, you l…

Socially Distant Classroom: A How To


Organizing Your Social Distant Classroom

Social distancing in the classroom. There are so many things to address in regards to this topic. Today, I want to focus in on how to keep your classroom organized. During the COVID-19 pandemic, may of us are starting the year with remote teaching. However, many of us are also starting the year with in-person teaching. In any case, I am positive that eventually all of us will be going back to in-person teaching at some point, in which case we will all have to manage socially distancing in the classroom. This means staying 6 feet apart, wearing masks, cleaning frequently, washing hands, and more. Additionally, the days of shared community supplies in the classroom are long gone. So, how do you keep your students' materials organized, separated, and clean?? 🤷 Read on for tips and recommended supplies to help you with organization, cleanliness, and keeping school supplies separate for students.


Separating Student Supplies

Let's start by listing the everyday supplies most students will need. (students may need more or less depending on the grade level, but these tips will work with any supplies!)


*I recommend having students bring a travel size tissue and hand sanitizer that they can keep with their personal school supplies and they can replenish as needed. 

Most of these school supples will fit in a pencil pouch/box that can be labeled with students' names or class numbers. Students can then keep their individual supplies in the pouch. 
But what about the bigger items? The items that won't fit in a pencil pouch can fit in a chair pocket. 

But WAIT! What if a child loses a personal item or forgets to put it away? How will we know whose it is? Well, don't worry, I've got a solution for you!
A great way to differentiate the individual student supplies when they escape their pencil pouch or box?
Well, you can use a label maker to label each supply with the students' name and/or number OR you can use WASHI TAPE! I mean who doesn't love washi tape?? Simply buy a pack of enough washi tapes for each child to have their own color/design and wrap a small piece of their washi tape around each of their supplies!
(I recommend putting some scotch tape over it to help it stick extra well!)
It can be time consuming but will save you so much time and energy in the end. 

Why if you forget who's design is whose? Easy! Make a chart to hang in the room with each child's name on it and a piece of their washi tape next to the name. That way if you or another student find an escaped supply, you can easily look at the chart to know who to return it to!


Accommodations

Let's talk about accommodations for students that may have different needs!
Below are some common accommodations and resources you may need to use in your classroom and how to adjust them for the socially distant classroom.

  • Pencil grips: Labeled and kept in students' pencil pouches.
  • Reward Charts: Can be laminated and reused and kept at teacher desk OR can be done digitally.
  • Fidgets: Labeled and kept in chair pocket
  • Sensory Bin: Personalize mini sensory bins and label. Keep at teacher or student desk. No one else should touch.



Community Classroom Areas & Supplies

  • Classroom Library: This is a tough one to navigate. Many teachers/school may opt out of having a library accessible to their students this year simply because it does not feel safe. If you would rather attempt to have a safe classroom library for your students I would suggest setting up a schedule where a few students a day can pick a couple books to keep at their desk and read during free time, centers, after work, etc. These books should only be used by the child who picked them. After the student is done with them, the books should be placed in a specially designated tub where books can "rest" for potentially up to a week before being returned to the library. The exact length of time is up to you or your school. The length of time  that COVID-19 can live on paper varies. Some strains of coronavirus live for only a few minutes on paper, while others live for up to 5 days.**
  • Centers: Stations or centers will have to primarily be made so that students can do them at their desks or tables. (Reading, writing, worksheets, iPads, etc.) If you decided to do something like a listening center, I recommend students have their own headphones from home that stay in their desk or chair pouch unless being used. Depending on how far apart students can sit from each other at a listening center, you may only be able to have 1-3 kids at a time. I recommend the teacher press the buttons so everyone isn't touching everything. You may also need to forego the book that goes with the audio read aloud. Additionally, be sure to thoroughly clean the listening center equipment (or other centers you are going to do) between each use. 
  • Manipulatives: For math manipulative, there are a few different options. One, is plan for a few weeks of activities without manipulatives. This will give you some time to talk it over with teammates and/or administration and decide the direction you would like to go. Another option is going fully digital for interactive math games and lessons. There are many resources online now where you can purchase and assign digital interactive math activities and they have digital manipulative for students to use! (Search on BOOM, Teachers Pay Teachers, etc.) Finally, another option is to count out a certain amount of each manipulative and put it in a container for students to keep at their desk or table and use when they need to. This will be exactly like the pencil pouch and supplies. The only student that should be touching and using those manipulative is the one who the container is assigned to. Again, this can be done by applying labels or washi tape!
  • Line up spots: Put numbered stickers on the floor 6 feet apart where students line up or where there are common walking areas (teacher's desk, hall passes, bathrooms, drinking fountains, etc.)
  • Sit spots: If you are going to have student try to still transition from desk/tables to carpet and back I recommend sit spots instead of a typical grid/rainbow carpet.  You can put the sit spots 6 feet apart and label them with a student's name or number so they are the only ones that use them. Another nice thing about sit spots are that they stick to the carpet but are also movable if you do decide to move them. 

General Classroom Cleanliness Tips

  • Set up several hand sanitizer stations (automatic if possible) or encourage students to bring their own hand sanitizer and use frequently.
  • Remind students to wash hands and to not touch face.
  • Encourage and remind students to wear masks anytime they are not eating or drinking.
  • Encourage and remind students to stay 6 feet apart when possible.
  • Encourage students and families to wash cloth masks frequently.
  • Have extra disposable masks in your classroom at all times.
  • Have cleaning supplies in your classroom at all time.
  • Supplies and work should not be transferred from home to school. Homework should be kept digital and supplies should not leave the classroom. 
  • Take student temperatures.
  • Encourage students and families to stay home with ANY signs of illness. 
Not sure what disinfectant to use when cleaning your classroom? Check this out:

If you would like more information on how to talk to your students about what COVID-19 is and how to stay safe and healthy check out this resource from my Busy Little Bees TpT store: 



I hope these tips have helped you navigate this CRAZY time! Did I forget anything? Do you have more tips? Share below in the comments! 👇
I know it is difficult but remember, YOU CAN DO THIS. Stay positive. Take care of yourself first. Look for the good and fun things each day. You got this.

Until next time,
Naomi

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**Information from https://www.webmd.com/lung/how-long-covid-19-lives-on-surfaces#:~:text=The%20length%20of%20time%20varies,up%20to%205%20days.

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  1. This is definitely going to be a challenge this year! Have a great year.

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