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Distance Learning

Fill in the following items before you teach your distance technology
Your Name and
Ms. Courtney Weber
current date
November 7, 2015

List the
state/common core
included in the
lesson (1-2

SL. 2.3 Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says
in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional
information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
RF.2.2 Know and apply grade- level phonics and word analysis
in decoding words.
L.2.3 Use knowledge of language and its convention when
writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

Describe the
learning activities
you plan to use to
meet the objective
(2-3 paragraphs).

Describe your
assessment activity
to determine if
learning happens
(1-2 Paragraphs).

List the date and

Time for the initial
test of your
broadcast. Also
indicate any
needed before the
live lesson (1-2

The lesson I will be teaching today is a lesson on Diagraphs. I

will tell a story about the four H Brothers and throughout the
story they will learn the diagraphs: ch, sh, th, and wh. They
will learn the sounds of each H Brother. Students will be able
to explain what a diagraph is, be able to identify the H
Brother diagraphs in multiple words, and they will be able to
ask and answer questions about diagraphs.

The students will identify the diagraphs: ch, sh, wh,

and th in the words on the anchor chart.
Students will also make their own chart of words or
provide a few words that contain diagraphs for
Before we can finish the lesson each student needs to
provide a word that contains a diagraph or state
something they learned from the lesson.

November 4, 2015 at 7:36 p.m.

- I face timed my aunts iPad at 7:36 p.m. on November
4th. We worked on where the iPad needed to sit when
we would do the lesson and where each child would
need to sit as well so I could see them and they could
see me. We also worked with the volume for the kids to
hear me. She went to her classroom at school and
grabbed a pair of speakers which made it real easy for
them to hear me, it was not hard for me to hear them

because I was by myself. We than made sure that the

connection was as good as we could make for the WiFi.
After we got all that worked out, we decided when I
would call them when they had more time in the next
week so I could teach my lesson and we decided Friday
night at around 8:00 p.m. because my sister would also
be there.
Date and time you
started your
distance technology November 3, 2015 at around 9:00 a.m.
lesson (example Jun
23, 11:37)
Fill in the following items after you teach you distance technology lesson
List the date and
time you completed
your distance
November 6, 2015 at around 8:00 p. m.
technology lesson
(example Jun 23,
11:56 am).
Give the name(s),
age(s) and grade
level of each
student who
learned from your
List and describe all
learning materials
you used as part of
your presentation
(Example: I used a
21 slide powerpoint
presentation that
features each
element of the cell
model. This
powerpoint contains
pictures of each
element including
the cell wall,

Ben Kulesa- Age 14- Grade 9

Baylee Kulesa- Age 9- Grade 5
Maxwell Kulesa- Age 7- Grade 3
Megan Weber- Age 13- Grade 8

I used my new iPad to FaceTime my aunts school iPad. We

used speakers for the children to hear me since the iPads
speakers were not loud enough. I also used an anchor chart
that I had created in advance for the children to use as a
visual. There were some pictures drawn with the words to
match words with things. I also had another blank paper to
write on when the students came up with a few words as
examples and we would underline the diagraph in the word
so they could all see it. They will also write the words down
and underline the diagraph so they can refer to that as well.

List and describe

the Learning
activities you
(timeline of
Example: I first
discussed the
elements of the cell
using pictures of
the cell wall, these
elements included
the mitochondria,
nucleus, cell wall,

Include the results

of the assessment

To begin the lesson, I asked the students if they know

what a diagraph is.
I excitingly introduced the story of the Four H
I asked the students if they know about the H
This was the link to the main portion of the lesson
leading to the instructional portion.
I explained that we will be learning about diagraphs.
I also explained what a diagraph is.
Then I put the definition on the anchor chart.
I then fully introduced the H Brothers and how we will
get to know them very well.
I gave them examples of the H Brother diagraphs
throughout the lesson.
I then put different words on the anchor chart and the
students volunteered to identify the diagraphs in the
We then worked together to find the diagraphs in the
words to identify if there was any misunderstanding.
We then went through a few that would be on a
worksheet to show them what they would do on their
own homework.
o Underline the diagraph in each word
I then asked each student if they understood and
answered any questions the students might have had if
The students then worked on a worksheet finding and
identifying the diagraphs: ch, sh, th, and wh.
Students asked questions frequently if they have any
to check for understanding.
Before the students did their fun activity they had to
come up with a list of as many words as they could
that contained diagraphs.
Students then did an H Brother hunt at their home for
15 minutes, finding objects that include a diagraph in
its word.
The students then gave us their list of words they
established after walking around their house.
We reviewed over the Four H Brothers and what a
diagraph was before I let the students go and said

The students were evaluated on the list of words that they

created after learning about the H Brothers and working a

activity you
implemented (2-3

few practice words.

- Their lists included:
- Ben- whopper, whip, whale, ship, shapes, witch, push,
- Baylee- teach, whine, wheel, bench, flash, splash,
shark, sheep
- Max- chest, chick, fish, tooth, math, that, them, then,
- Megan- church, Thursday, which, thimble, thank,
cheek, crash
The students were evaluated by the list of words they created
after walking around their home. Their lists included:
- Ben- chips, cheese, chair, shirt, shower, white socks
- Baylee- sheets, whipped cream, couch, shoes,
- Max- bathtub, cherries, change on the counter, whistle
- Megan- shampoo, trash, watch, checkers

List the key

practices for
effective distance
learning did you
include in your
lesson (2-3

How was teaching

from a distance
different than
teaching face to
face? (1-2

I think the most effective part of my lesson was the

anchor I had created before my lesson because the
students got a better understanding of the material.
The examples on the anchor chart and the visual
pictures gave them ideas of what we are looking for in
the words and that many words contain diagraphs.
Asking for words made the students pay attention and
giving them positive reinforcement made them want to
keep giving examples.

Teaching over FaceTime was difficult especially while working

with students/ kids. They were interested right away but the
first problem was that they had the TV on at home which was
quite distracting for them. They would listen to me but then
direct their attention to the TV. The hard part was that I
couldnt go and turn the TV off so they would pay attention
because they were in Ipswich.
The next thing that was difficult while teaching over FaceTime
was that they would talk and leave the room whenever they
wanted and would interrupt me while I was talking. It is hard
because there is no way I can control what they do because I
am not in the same room as them. They would goof off and I

would ask them to stop so we could go on with our lesson and

they just continued. It is hard to continue teaching them while
they are messing around or watching TV or even just talking
and there is nothing I can do to control that.

What parts of your

distance teaching
went particularly
well? (1-2

The Wi-Fi connection was bad at times so I would have to

pause on my lesson waiting for the connection to get better.
It was also a little difficult to hear the kids when they were
talking to me due to the poor connection as well. But the rest
of the lesson when quite well. They enjoyed the diagraph
hunt because they didnt really realize how many things in
their house contained a diagraph in their words.

What would you do

differently the next
time you get a
chance to teach
from a distance? (12 paragraphs).

I would try to plan and have an adult in the room with the
students so they would behave better then if they were
alone. I would also try to include the students more then just
coming up with a few words because it may keep them on
their toes when they know I am going to ask them if they
have a word that contains a diagraph but that gets boring
after a while. If I did more of the fun stuff like a scavenger
hunt around their house to find items, then they would stay
more engaged.