These are strange times (Post No. 1)

As I write (April 2020), we are in the second week of school closures in the United Kingdom. The Covid 19 or Corona Virus pandemic has made face-to-face meetings of people unwise, as this is how the virus is most likely to spread.

If you would normally be at school – particularly in your secondary education phase (around 11 to 18 years of age) – this blog is for you.

Language activities can be helpful for most people, however, regardless of their age. Different ages of people come up with different responses to the same task. (In case you’re interested, that’s called “Differentiation by outcome”!)

This first task is for those of you who were at school before the recent closures, however. It will give you a little reassurance once you’ve completed it.

Choose where you’re going to keep a record of your activities: perhaps a Word document, or a paper journal of some sort, is your thing. Perhaps you prefer something else; it’s up to you – but make it something you can KEEP.

Now, take as much time as you need, to remember what you were doing at school before it shut. You can do this for as many subjects as you like, but I suggest you only tackle one at a time.

Think back to the week the schools closed, and write down what you did that week. Give it as much or as little detail as you like at this point.

Then take a different page and think back to what you did earlier in the term. Write it down.

Go back to what you’ve written and add as much detail as you can remember: put in the names of books or sites that you used, put in the types of activity you did, and the homework you were set, if any.

This will be a re-starting point for you when you go back to school. It will also remind you how much you’ve already achieved. It will be something to work on and build on, if you want to do some work with a tutor while you’re off school. If you’re in your final year at school, knowing in this way what point in the syllabus you’ve reached will be helpful if you need to fill a gap between school learning and college or university learning.

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