One of the most important roles that schools can serve during this uncertain time is to provide social-emotional support, according to Mikki Rogers, an elementary-school counselor in Kentucky. Rogers shares strategies to help bolster students' emotional resilience, including using the RULER program, which teaches students to recognize, understand, label, express and regulate emotions.
Teachers in some schools are continuing to teach online while their students convene in the classroom. The model, which often includes a proctor or substitute to assist in person, is being adopted in cases where teachers are immunocompromised, and Vivian Ekchian, superintendent of the Glendale Unified School District in California, said it could be an option for students without at-home internet or when parents are not available to assist with remote learning.
Some states, including Indiana, Pennsylvania and South Carolina, are investing in data broadcasting -- also known as datacasting -- to bridge the digital divide among rural students. Three school districts in South Carolina are piloting the model, which sends information via television broadcast signals rather than cellular networks or internet service, to help support remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
It is best to explicitly explain instructions to students who are learning online, writes Michelle Russell, a high-school math teacher in Alabama. In this blog post, Russell writes about lessons she's learned from a hybrid model of instructions and her assumptions, including that students would take notes as they learned online -- they did not -- and that students know how to use technology tools.
A free weekly virtual course in CHamoru, an endangered language spoken by people on Guam, has seen interest and class sizes grow during the pandemic. Instructor Michael Lujan Bevacqua, who has been teaching the language lessons for 10 years, says many of the attendees live in the US mainland and want to learn the language to reconnect with their heritage and the culture of the US territory.
President Donald Trump announced a plan Monday to expand US coronavirus testing and encouraged governors to prioritize using the 100 million rapid tests to safely reopen schools. Trump said the point-of-care tests, which provide results in about 15 minutes, would allow every state to regularly "test every teacher who needs it."
Many colleges and universities lack adequate supports and policies for the estimated 20% of their students who are parents and who face the additional pandemic-related challenges, including financial strain, remote learning for themselves and their school-age children along with other concerns. "It feels like I have to make a choice between finishing my program and being a parent," doctoral student Erin Palmer said.
More than one-third of US middle- and high-school students are learning about climate change through the Next Generation Science Standards that debuted in 2013. Baltimore special education teacher La Stel Walker weaves climate change into various topics, such as a math word problem addressing sea-level changes.
The crimson king species of maple tree appears to offer the most protection from the sun's ultraviolet rays, providing more protection than oak or beech tree species, according to findings published in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. Researchers measured the UV protection offered by 16 different tree species over two summer seasons in the Northern Hemisphere in effort to find the best tree canopy candidates for urban environments.
Teachers just starting their careers this fall could never have imagined pandemic life, where "[e]very hurdle you might have as a first-year teacher in the classroom is amplified by 10," pre-algebra first-year teacher Anna Homan says. First-year high-school algebra II and pre-calculus teacher Molly Sykes had a learning curve with the school's Canvas technology, but her bigger concern has been helping her online students alleviate their stress.
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