Just 20% of teachers and administrators say they were very prepared for the transition to remote instruction during the coronavirus pandemic, and 40% say they were somewhat prepared, according to the US State of Technology survey by Promethean. Educators also reported that the digital divide is a top barrier to remote or hybrid instruction.
A New York school district is restricting tracking in middle-school math, instead enrolling students of all abilities in the same courses and, at times, having students work in pairs or small groups. The change, adopted about two years ago, was meant to close the racial divide and improve performance among students in higher-level math courses who struggled in high school.
Teachers can prioritize building relationships with students to support social-emotional learning, according to Marilee Sprenger, a veteran educator and international educational consultant. In this article, Sprenger shares how focusing on six SEL competencies can help teachers support students who have experienced trauma and stress in their lives.
A pair of student journalists at a Kansas high school spent weeks following up on a tip that the school's namesake, Fred Seaman, was involved in the Ku Klux Klan -- and the resulting article showing that the man was a leader in the organization has prompted an effort to rename the school. With the support of history teacher Nathan McAlister and journalism teacher Amy Riley, the students Tristan Fangman and Madeline Gearhart conducted research and interviews before publishing the story.
Students at an Atlanta high school have reacted with everything from shock to frustration to pride to what they are learning in an Advanced Placement Seminar that includes African diaspora. The College Board's African diaspora curriculum is also being taught in an Alabama high school where students have identified some research topics, including African-American English as a valid dialect and Black women and their hair in the workplace.
Teaching in an environment in which you have students online in real-time with some students in the classroom can stretch a teacher's capacity. Not only are they potentially dealing with troubleshooting technology issues at home, but also managing their in-person students. Education expert Carl Hooker looks at what teachers managing this situation should consider.
Over the past few years there have been lots of online resources for flipping a classroom or lesson. However, this year education expert David Kapuler top 30 education sites feature a wider variety of digital tools, especially ones that can be used for remote/distance learning due to the worldwide pandemic.
If you're a new teacher or just starting out with remote learning, Padlet is a platform in which you can create single or multiple walls that are able to host posts, including videos and images. It's collaborative, too, allowing you to involve students, other teachers and even parents and guardians.
What's esports all about? According to Lori Bajorek, president of the National Esports Association, competitive gaming is more than just a hobby; it's a catalyst for the development of life skills for a whole generation of young people. "We say 'play with a purpose,'" she said. "It's creating an online community of inclusiveness and diversity where we all feel we can win and grow together."
CYBER.ORG provides a no-cost professional development, curriculum, and resources for teachers who want to integrate cybersecurity lessons into their classrooms. By teaching cybersecurity concepts, teachers can help shape students' confidence to succeed in the future workplace.
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