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.
The sudden shift to remote learning across the country has many school districts looking to purchase devices to help students learn at home. Now, analysts say, there is a shortage of the popular Chromebook, as well as laptops and tablets, with smaller school districts at a disadvantage against larger districts when purchasing.
A study in the journal Child Development found that parental noninvolvement and psychological aggression were both associated with adolescent depression, with psychological aggression predicting an increase in depression symptoms through conflicts linked to peer relationships, especially for females. The findings, based on data involving 657 adolescents from across different ethnic and racial backgrounds, also showed that for Hispanic adolescents, the relationship between increasing symptoms of depression and parental noninvolvement was mediated by decreasing school engagement.
Students in Portland Public Schools in Oregon will return from an extended spring break to online classrooms. In preparation, the district has been loaning its 45,000 laptops and tablets to students who lack the equipment at home.
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