Teachers nationwide have made a rapid shift to remote instruction and this blog post offers a listing of free tools and resources to help with the transition. The list includes tools to support virtual lessons in math and English, as well as resources for students with special needs and more.
The unprecedented decision to shutter schools during this public health emergency has some school districts considering the best approach to grading students' work. In one California district, students will be graded and can improve their previous grades but not be penalized, and in a Virginia district, teachers will continue to issue letter grades.
Wisconsin middle-school STEM teacher Maggie McHugh is getting creative as she adjusts to "quaranteaching" students who are isolated at home. McHugh says she leads weekly meetings using Google Voice and check-ins with Google Chat and email, and has assigned tasks such as making graphs of local coronavirus cases and building objects in Minecraft.
Teachers may be inundated with numerous resources to support remote learning, according to teacher Tan Huynh. In this blog post, he shares how he manages the various options by sorting them into technology "buckets" with categories for content, creation, collaboration and curation.
A 2013 study based on restroom observations at Michigan State University found that men wash their hands less frequently than women, 15% of men not washing at all and only 50% using soap when they do wash, while 7% of women failed to wash their hands and 78% used soap. Another study found that men are motivated by messages such as "Soap it off or eat it later," which don't resonate as well with women.
Educators at a Louisiana elementary school recently wrote and mailed letters to their students. One teacher said she wrote letters in Spanish to her pre-K immersion students for the exercise, which she says she hopes will help students sharpen their language and improve their writing skills when they write back to her.
Georgia math teacher Bala Reddy takes mnemonic devices a step further, creating poems and songs to help students learn. He says math can be difficult and make students anxious, so songs can help students have fun and remember equations and formulas more easily.
Students at some colleges are weighing in on their schools' decisions to cancel in-person commencement ceremonies in favor of virtual graduations, including students at Tufts, who convinced administrators to forgo a virtual event and instead reschedule the in-person ceremony when it is safe to do so. Some universities are planning to go ahead with a virtual graduation but with an actual ceremony to be planned later.
Career and technical education teachers in an Idaho district are shifting what are traditionally hands-on lessons to a virtual format amid what are expected to be prolonged school closures. In some cases, teachers are planning to film themselves welding, and students can record projects they finish at home.
Middle-school teacher Laura Hanby Hudgens in this opinion piece explains how books that feature a hero's journey can foster students' confidence and resilience during this time of uncertainty. "Great literature has always provided readers with a means for understanding their own experiences," she writes.
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