There are so many great ideas and resources out there for remote learning, but as many teachers have found, sometimes using a familiar resource is best for your students. Math Meeting is a resource I have used in my classroom with all groups of students and I figured it would be a good way to to introduce doing assignments on Google Classroom. Here is how I adapted Math Meeting for remote learning…
1. Take Screen Shots
Download or open up the Math Meeting level of your choice. I choose Math Meeting 2.0 because my students using Math Meeting 1.0 were ready to move on and my students doing Math Meeting 3.0 needed a review of some of the skills introduced and practiced in Math Meeting 2.0. After I downloaded it, I took a screen shot of each reference page and the worksheet page to use for a Google Slides presentation and for a Google Form that will both be completed later.
2. Set Up a Slide Show
I put the screen shots for the reference sheets for Math Meeting 2.0 in a Google Slides slideshow, in the same order as the Math Meeting worksheet. I made multiple copies of the same reference sheet blank and the reference sheet with correct answer circled. This was so I could present the question in a video and allow students to think of their answer before I showed the correct answer circled on the same reference page. I also made copies of the Math Meeting worksheet in between each reference chart to show students what to fill-in after each part.
A few tips I have about creating a Google Slides slideshow for Math Meeting is to make a copy for each day of the week, so it is easy to edit on the individual days. Also, I initially only did the items/questions on the front of the Math Meeting worksheet and after a couple of weeks, I added the backside of the page. Another option is to do one side per day. Once you have the slide shows set up for the days of the week, you could have one of your paraprofessionals go through and fill-in the correct days and the projected weather.
3. Record Video
After you have created your slide show, record your video (if you are posting a video for assignments/self-paced learning). There are several ways to record a video with a Google Slides presentation, but I think recording using Google Meet is very easy. For more about how to record a video using Google Meet, check out my previous blog Using Google Meet to Make Instructional Videos. On a side note, I turned off my video to record Math Meeting so students could focus on the slides. Google Meet still shows a picture of me that is associated with my school account.
4. Create Leveled Response Sheets
It would be pretty challenging to create videos of each different Math Meeting level each day, so creating leveled response sheets using Google Forms can help with differentiation and generalization. I do like the idea that students filled out the Math Meeting response sheet before, so seeing it in a different format and being able to answer the same questions in a different format is a great opportunity to help students generalize skills. I created 3 different response sheets in Google Forms. For the highest level, I created a form that students type in their responses. On Google Classroom, you can assign different materials to select students. I put a pencil emoji symbol next to the writing response sheet to indicate the level to myself and communicate the type of response without saying high, medium or low for the levels. The middle level, I create a Google Form response sheet where students clicked on the word. I was also able to include a small picture of the reference sheet so they could use the pictures to help for the word. For the emerging level, I added pictures next to each written choice.
5. Post It
After you have created your videos and Google Form response sheets, you can post them on the learning platform you are using. In my case, I posted them on Google Classroom under the Math Meeting material for the day. For a couple of weeks, I just posted the video, but then I started posting the Math Meeting worksheets in Google Forms. Depending on your remote learning platform and set-up, you may also create a demo video of you filling out the Google Form or show students how to do it during one of your live sessions. While Math Meeting is a familiar lesson to my students, tailoring it to the date and weather each day and finding time to record it can be tricky, figuring out strategies that will make the process more streamline is key. I also elected to skip Math Meeting on Fridays and instead have “Field Trip Friday” where I post a tour of a different museum in our city.
I hope that was a helpful guide to adapting Math Meeting for remote learning. I know we can all figure these things out, but it’s kind of nice to hear and share if you have discovered a way to make remote learning easier for you to plan and easier for your students and families. Share below any ways you adapt The Autism Helper’s materials for remote learning. I hope you are all staying safe and healthy 🙂