Remote Physics Lesson Plans and Resources for Teachers

Science teachers across all grade levels have worked to make their virtual classes engaging. From at-home labs with common ingredients found at home to online games with compelling prizes, educators have made the best of a bad situation. Their creativity shines through in the makeup of a class and how ...

How Teachers Can Limit Distractions in the Virtual Classroom

When students first switched to online learning, some teachers couldn’t make it through a few sentences without an interruption. Kids had questions, wanted to show off their pets, or didn’t want to pay attention to the material.  One year later, many students have learned how to attend virtual classes respectfully, but ...

Virtual Band, Choir and Theater Auditions Challenge Teachers and Students

While Zoom and Skype helped school districts across the country adapt to remote learning, they have proved tricky for the fine arts classroom. It’s hard to play music, sing or perform a role over these platforms without the audio getting distorted or missing some of the nuances that come with ...

Remote Lesson Plans for the Chemistry Classroom

Almost every classroom was upended at the start of the COVID-19-related school closures one year ago — but some courses were arguably more disrupted than others. Science teachers scrambled to adapt their plans when they couldn’t provide hands-on labs to students. Biology teams could hardly drop off dead frogs at ...

Making Up for Lost Time: Social Skills Lessons for the In-Person Classroom

Parents and teachers alike are concerned about the effect that a year of enforced social isolation has had on their kids. Younger children, in particular, need social interaction to learn behavioral norms and develop social skills that will help them throughout their lives. Many teachers are ramping up their social skills ...

Public Health in the Classroom: How to Teach About Pandemics Across Subjects

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected students from all backgrounds across the country and the world. Even as they accept the “new normal” of online learning or wearing masks all day, students still have concerns about catching the virus or their family members getting sick. It is perfectly natural that class ...

Pandemic Lesson Plans: Mask-Making and Hygiene-Related Activities

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, parents have talked to their children about hand washing and social distancing. Teachers, in turn, also address these topics and reinforce the lessons learned at home. During a non-pandemic year, teachers might develop standard lessons on basic hygiene. However, these concepts are the primary focus of many ...

What Worked in Hybrid Learning This Past Fall?

During the summer of 2020, many parents and teachers picked sides for the best way to learn in the fall: remote or in-person. Remote learning was viewed as a safer option while in-person learning was touted as more valuable. Throughout this debate, a third option presented itself and some educators ...

Lessons Learned: How Did Some Schools Reopen Successfully?

Throughout the summer, parents, administrators, and elected officials debated how students should learn in the fall. Should kids return to in-person learning and potentially create COVID-19 superspreader hubs? Would it be worth it to reopen just to return to remote learning when cases spiked? Now that the fall semester has passed, ...