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Digital Classroom Management for Both Teachers and Parents

Oct. 5, 2020

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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.

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When the Cameras Are Off: 5 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged Through a Screen

Sept. 28, 2020

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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.

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Managing Stress and Avoiding Teacher Burnout in the Age of Coronavirus: Part I

Sept. 14, 2020

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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.

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Classrooms as Online Monitoring Centers: Childcare and Schooling Ideas for Teachers

Aug. 25, 2020

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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.

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Teaching and Schooling Pods: Alternative Teaching in Troubled Times

Aug. 11, 2020

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! 

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Homeschooling Versus Virtual School: What’s the Difference?

July 28, 2020

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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!

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How to Motivate Kids to Learn at Home

April 29, 2020

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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.

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Formative Assessment Best Practices in Distance Learning

April 20, 2020

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.

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Online Tools and Offline Ideas to Keep Kids Connected with Friends and Family

April 14, 2020

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With more than two thirds of the country under orders to stay at home, it might be easy to forget that our children might need some additional support. While they might not know exactly what is going on in the world, they do know that their normal routine has been upended. Just like you, the kids also miss seeing their friends, family, neighbors, and teachers while they spend their time socially distanced from others. Make this time a little bit easier for them by planning virtual playdates and spending time outdoors. Read this article to learn about online tools and offline ideas for staying connected throughout the Covid-19 crisis!

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E-Learning Best Practice Tips & Recommendation for Teachers During School Closures

March 31, 2020

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Considering the recent outbreak of Covid-19, teachers are finding themselves thrown into uncharted waters. Educators all over the country have been scrambling to rearrange unit plans and lessons, while connecting remotely with students as much as possible.  While many teachers have been learning to implement technology for quite some time, nobody expected to be placed in a position where online learning is the only option, even for the youngest of learners! Times are tough right now, but Kids Academy is here to make it a little bit easier. Read this article to discover more about the benefits of e-learning, as well as tried and true tips for best practices while using your new tech tools. 

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