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.
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.
You may have seen something about it on the news or social media, but during this strange summer amidst ongoing coronavirus outbreaks, microschooling has become all the rage! If you’re looking to find more information about teaching pods, what they are, and benefits versus disadvantages, you’ve come to the right place! Keep reading to learn about how pods can help both teachers and families!
We’ve already talked a little bit about the touch choices parents will have to make as students prepare to head back to the classroom, whether in person, or online. But one option that many parents are considering in the age of the coronavirus is to homeschool their children. At this point, you might be asking yourself, “is virtual school homeschool?” It’s a great question, too, because many parents may be confused over what makes it different if kids are learning at home under both modes of instruction. This article is meant to lay out the differences. Keep reading to learn more about these options, and points to ponder when making a decision between the two!
We’re facing a time unlike any other that we as a society have ever experienced before. Suddenly, teachers and students are trapped at home, attempting to complete schoolwork without stepping foot inside a classroom. Understandably, it can be hard for kids to concentrate given the stress of the pandemic, and summer is just around the corner. All considered, it’s easy to see why many students might lose the motivation to keep going to finish out the school year. Read this article to find 8 tips for motivating kids to learn, even in the face of this unprecedented time.
If you’re like most teachers, you probably would much rather be back in the classroom, effective immediately! Adapting to the challenges of virtual teaching and learning on the fly has been a herculean task for practically everyone involved. By now, most districts and schools have released revised curriculum and plans to finish out the school year, but for many, the question of formative assessment remains: how do we know that the children are still learning? Read this article to learn more about effective formative assessment practices in the online learning environment.