Responding to a survey by Rita Platt, middle graders reveal what worked and what didn’t for them during their spring of virtual learning: more freedom and free time warred with tech glitches, months without friends, and less time with teachers. Rita shares some things we might do better.
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Are you tasked with preparing students for college and careers? “The Skills That Matter: Teaching Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competencies in Any Classroom” by Noonan and Erickson can help, writes consultant Anne Anderson. The book gives teachers and administrators a place to begin.
Reading teachers work hard to meet the needs of individual students in small groups. Yet many students struggle while reading self-selected books. Meghan Duermit and Sunday Cummins offer ways to build stronger bridges of support from guided instruction to joyful independent reading.
How can teachers plan successfully this summer when they don’t know what teaching will be like in the fall? ELA/science teacher Jeremy Hyler is investing time creating lessons driven by Hyperdocs – a flexible strategy he can use face to face, online, or in a blend.
With her eighth graders’ online history podcast project now complete, Sarah Cooper shares six takeaways that have helped her imagine not only how to improve this assignment in future iterations, but how she can continue to grow as a teacher facilitating remote learning.
STEM educator Anne Jolly reflects on the core skills embedded in an Education 4.0 vision for future learning – a vision that reshapes the way we think about the rapidly changing job market and calls on schools to be intentional in helping students acquire these skills.
Collecting feedback from students about how his teaching can improve is often “eye-opening and sobering,” says Curtis Chandler, and that’s certainly been true during remote learning. Find out about the polling tools and questions he uses – and what students have to say.
In response to the murder of George Floyd, people have offered lists of actions to take to fight racism. Rita Platt adds another: Get anti-racism books into your community. Read, talk and share. Help people deepen their understanding of white privilege and systemic racism.
Looking ahead to the new school year, it’s critical that school leaders have comprehensive plans ready for implementation if more large-scale remote learning is required. Ron Williamson and Barbara Blackburn underscore the need to fully involve parents and teachers in the process.
The experience of students and teachers doing whole class and small group work online underscores the need to emphasize speaking and listening skills now and for the future, writes principal Matt Renwick. He shares his school’s low-key, standards-friendly teaching ideas.