Remote Learning During COVID-19: What Worked?

After almost a year of remote learning — including a full semester in the fall of 2020 — we can look back and see what worked and how students responded to this type of instruction. There are some silver linings in the remote classroom. Here are a few ways that ...

10 Teacher Tips to Engage and Inspire Remote Students

Remote learning has created opportunities for educators, but also countless challenges. For every student that thrives in the self-directed digital classroom, there are many who struggle to pay attention or need one-on-one instruction. Despite these challenges, educators continue to find ways to inspire remote students to keep them learning and trying ...

What is the Role of Parents in the Zoom Classroom?

Teachers, students and their parents have all been adapting to the Zoom classroom, with new experiences and challenges calling for creative solutions. As teachers continue to engage with their pupils online, they are starting to notice how parental participation varies with each class — for better or for worse.  Some parents ...

How to Teach Younger Students COVID-19 Classroom Safety Protocols

As states and regions nationwide grapple with when to return to the classroom, they face a lengthy list of guidelines for keeping students and staff safe. These safety practices are complicated enough for most educators and administrators to follow, much less their young students who are still learning basic classroom ...

24/7 Teachers: How to Set and Communicate Digital Boundaries

Digital advancements have made communication easier, for better or worse. Students can reach out to clarify assignments — leading to better grades — and teachers can update parents with a quick, three-line Facebook post on the class page.  However, this ease of communication means some educators feel pressure to always be ...

How COVID-19 Has Compounded the Existing Teacher Shortage — And What Can Be Done

Teaching can often be a thankless job. Educators work late into the night to develop creative lesson plans and spend their own money collecting supplies. They answer parent calls and student emails throughout the weekend without overtime pay or a substantial salary. Despite this, many educators return to the classroom ...

How Teachers Can Welcome Remote Students Returning to In-Person Learning

For many teachers, change seems to be the only consistent part of this school year. Whenever they get into a comfortable groove, new policies or student options require them to adjust their teaching style and develop new lesson plans.  The latest hurdle facing instructors is the return to in-person teaching as ...

How Can Teachers Help Prepare Students for Exams in the 2020-2021 School Year?

Teachers and support staff across the country have come up with creative and engaging lesson plans for remote and socially distant learning. In a year where students have struggled to focus on learning, educators have worked to keep them engaged and reduce their stress. However, as the end of the ...

Remote Art Lesson Plans for Virtual Art, Music and Theater Teachers

As the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools and pushed students into the virtual classroom, many parents and administrators expressed concerns about students falling behind. Will student reading levels suffer? Will math scores drop? While most focused on what they thought was essential, fine arts teachers across the country continued to come up ...