March 10, 2021
Even before the pandemic, reducing or even eliminating homework has been a subject up for debate in both teachers and parents. Now that many classrooms have pivoted to online learning, it has again become a controversial subject. Understandably, homework poses unique challenges in the online learning environment, when there isn’t very much to separate home versus classwork. Read this article to discover how rethinking homework might be necessary and explore 5 strategies for creating successful assignments geared toward online learning environment.
Nov. 30, 2020
With so many students learning from home or transitioning back and forth between the classroom and online classes, planning for lessons that incorporate STEM can seem daunting for even the most experienced educator. So far, 2020-2021 school year has undoubtably been a challenging one for teachers, who are struggling to adapt lessons for various learning models. If you’re worried about the quality of your lessons, these tips can help you to develop easy STEM lesson plans. Read this article to learn how to incorporate more STEM projects into your online or hybrid classes!
Nov. 24, 2020
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.
Nov. 9, 2020
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.
Oct. 26, 2020
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.
Oct. 12, 2020
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.
Oct. 5, 2020
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.
Sept. 28, 2020
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.
Sept. 14, 2020
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.
Aug. 25, 2020
For working parents, including teachers, the pandemic presents a whole host of problems that didn’t exist just six or seven months ago. One of the largest hurdles for teachers headed back to the classroom this fall is the prospect that their own children may be expected to learn at home virtually while they themselves have to report to campus. What can educators, or any other essential workers do? While the answers are less than perfect, there are some potential solutions. Keep reading to learn more about utilizing classrooms as online monitoring stations and find alternative ideas for childcare during the coronavirus.