How To Teach Public Speaking in the Virtual Classroom

Some students love public speaking and bask in the glow of a class presentation or discussion. Other students would do anything to get out of the assignment. While the Zoom classroom has greatly impacted the learning process, the fear (or love) of public speaking remains. As an educator, you likely ...

How School Counselors and Teachers Can Prepare the Class of 2021 for College

The coronavirus sent shockwaves through the class of 2020. High school students missed their senior proms and commencements, and couldn’t attend many of the college freshman experiences they were looking forward to in the fall. Now the class of 2021 is getting ready to graduate. Many schools are opting for ...

Foreign Language Remote Lesson Plans, Tips and Resources for Teachers

The remote classroom has presented challenges for students in all subjects, from band directors trying to hold auditions to chemistry teachers hoping to create safe labs. Foreign language instructors are also affected. Their field trips are canceled, their food days aren’t possible, and it’s hard to recreate many of the ...

How Teachers Can Offer Personal, Effective Feedback To Remote Students

While the past year of remote learning has been stressful for both teachers and students, the online classroom has also provided opportunities for greater communication and collaboration. Teachers learned to use new media to provide feedback and connect with their students in ways that might otherwise have seemed clunky in ...

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 ...