The coronavirus pandemic will upend many typical classroom routines. This article offers several strategies to help transition in-person routines to an online setting, such as eighth-grade teacher Alice Chen's plan to ask her students to create videos introducing themselves as an alternative to in-person introductions at the start of the school year.
Staff members in a Tennessee school district would receive a "hero bonus" of $2,000 each for their work during the coronavirus outbreak under a plan proposed by Superintendent Joris Ray. While the request seems unlikely to pass, Ray said staff are deserving for the work done to start the school year remotely and support students, including with food.
Young writers will succeed when given the right environment to learn and practice, writes teacher Regie Routman. In this article, Routman stresses that the focus should be on the writer instead of the writing, and offers 10 "attitudes and actions" to help create a safe place that honors students' learning, offers encouragement and builds confidence.
The idea that some people speak a certain language because of their biological makeup is untrue, writes Katherine Kinzler, a psychology professor at the University of Chicago. In this article, Kinzler writes about some myths, research into language acquisition and how people learn through exposure.
Special-education teacher Lisa Bennett of California says teaching math via a whiteboard online pales in comparison to one-on-one, in-person teaching for her third- through fifth-graders. Providing digital, interactive lessons for each student with special needs requires a complete overhaul of digital lesson plans, says Bennett, who is collaborating with other teachers to discuss potential improvements.
Braielyn Peoples, a high-school math teacher from North Carolina, is taking a leave of absence from teaching 86 students to privately tutor small groups instead in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. She and other teachers will supplement remote lessons in rented office space set up as classrooms.
The first reports of new coronavirus cases in schools are coming in as the school year gets underway. What's not clear, though, is the criteria for shutting down, as viewpoints vary about the threshold that should trigger another shutdown and how long it should last.
New York City Schools will send home any student who refuses to wear a mask during in-person learning, Chancellor Richard Carranza says. High-school math teacher Bobson Wong compares it with the hard-to-enforce ban on cellphones during class and says clear guidance from the district and enforcement flexibility in each school are imperative.
Students are spending more time online and on social media amid the pandemic, making it more important than ever to help them identify rumors, lies and hoaxes, according to Sarah Brandt, vice president of News Literacy Programs at the nonpartisan NewsGuard. In this article, Brandt writes about recent efforts to boost media literacy and shares why students need to become media literate.