As the pandemic wears on, it’s obvious that many months of social distancing and school closures have taken a toll on students’ emotional health. With schools turning back towards online learning, many parents and teachers are looking for ways to promote social-emotional learning with the lack of in-person classes. Luckily, there are some meaningful ways to build social-emotional learning, or SEL. Keep reading to discover the importance of SEL and to find advice to foster its growth throughout the pandemic.
After the pivot to online learning that occurred last spring, many parents and teachers can probably agree that online learning has taken a toll on their kids’ learning. That leads many of us to the same question: just how effective is online learning, and what can be done to make it more successful? Join us as we explore the effectiveness of school online, and keep reading to discover tips for online learning success.
Back in March when the coronavirus first swept the nation, schools quickly shut their doors and made a sudden switch to virtual learning. Since then, districts have reopened, but in innovative new ways! All over the country, school children are learning remotely through teleconferencing apps and submitting work online. But when the classroom doors reopen, will things go back to way they used to be? Probably not. Keep reading to examine the current trends in educational technology that just might outlive the Covid-19 pandemic.
For parents and teachers of kids with special needs, distance learning presents an entirely new challenge: how to support the neediest of children when they are stuck at home learning through a screen! When cameras are off, and teachers and their aides are all on the same call together, it can seem impossible for these kids to get the accommodations they so desperately need. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tools we can offer for both families and educators. Keep reading to find strategies for supporting students with special needs during virtual classes.
Ask any teacher, and you’ll find that classroom management is one of the most difficult aspects of the profession, even under normal conditions! And as we know, 2020 has been anything but normal, especially when it comes to school. Read this article to find helpful strategies for both teachers and parents as we all navigate distance learning this school year.
As a teacher forced into virtual teaching thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, nothing is more deflating than logging into an online class ready to see the student’s smiling faces, only to see a cold, dark screen. Even though many schools are requiring children to turn on their webcams, the reality is that is oftentimes simply not happening. For these students, it can be impossible to tell if they’re even behind the screen participating during the lesson! Fortunately, there are a few tricks of the trade to increase engagement and build positive relationships with students, even when the screens are off. Keep reading to find out why some screens are going blank, and what teachers can do to engage kids during virtual instruction.
Managing stress during the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t been easy for anyone, but for teachers, it has been especially tough to keep up while completely revamping lesson plans to deliver instruction over the web. Now more than ever before, it’s important that educators remember to take time for themselves and to practice self-care as much as possible. This article offers teachers helpful strategies to avoid teacher burnout and to keep stress at a manageable level.
Labor Day is often celebrated much like Memorial Day: with cookouts and festivities that don’t actually capture the true meaning of the holiday. This year set the record straight and teach your child the meaning behind this important public holiday. This article discusses the history behind Labor Day and offers up 5 fabulous Labor Day arts and crafts for kids that your little ones are sure to love!
The 2020-2021 school year has just begun, and already it is proving to be one of the toughest that teachers and families have ever encountered. With children finding themselves in a mix of online and in-person learning, more instruction and assignments are moving online with digital formats dominating teaching methods this fall. So, as everyone adjusts, what can teachers do to support their students as they adapt to changing guidelines and new learning tools? The answer is none other than flexibility and grace. Keep reading to discover the importance of flexibility in the classroom, and to find a list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to teaching practices this school year.
Does your child need extra motivation to get pumped for heading back to school? Heading back to the classroom after a long summer break can be tough for kids, both young and old. This article reveals 5 of our best ideas to get your child excited by making crafts that are both fun and functional!