Bring History To Life: How to Better Connect Students to the Past

The history classroom has a bad reputation in many schools. Students and teachers alike can quickly associate history with rote memorization and an endless stream of dates, figures and events — many of which start to blend together over time. The reality is of course very different. If you can ...

Using Differentiated Learning to Engage Students at Any Learning Level

When you first start to develop your lesson plans, the basic rhythm seems pretty simple: Introduce a concept during the class, ask students to learn about it through their homework, and then reinforce the material the next day.  This works out well until students stop doing their homework. As a result, ...

How Will Educators Approach Standardized Testing Post-COVID?

Educators have done their absolute best with the resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have turned in-class projects into virtual lessons, connected with students on a social-emotional level, and tried to keep up with the expected curriculum. As a whole, all of these efforts are impressive. However, missed content ...

Too Much News: Media Literacy Lesson Plans for Any Age or Grade

Every year there seems to be more news to follow and more stories to keep up with. This year in particular has been overwhelming with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Along with trying to discern accurate medical news (how does it spread? who is at risk?), people are also trying ...

How Can Teachers Plan for Students Who Need to Catch Up this Fall?

While most teachers (and students) breathed a sigh of relief at the end of the 2020 spring semester, there was still a sense of unease when looking ahead. Educators wondered how much their students lost or never learned because of the pivot to online learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. ...

How School Specialists and Support Staff Help With Remote Learning

If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes an entire city to educate them. Schools function with the help of education specialists, administrators, librarians and other staff members. While teachers set up remote learning this past spring and students logged on, these other education professionals got ...

Teaching During Pandemic: How to Help Students Cope Mentally and Emotionally

This has been a year like no other for everyone. Students have had their school year abruptly end, their summer plans canceled, and are now facing the realities of the fall semester. Most school districts don’t even know if they will open to in-person learning, much less how they will ...

How to Lead a Virtual Classroom While Coworking at Home With Your Partner

The COVID-19 pandemic sent millions of people home from their traditional office and classroom jobs. Some were able to accommodate working from home easily, while people in other industries and roles have had a harder time. One particular challenge that couples face is having both partners working remotely within a ...

25 Apps and Tools to Inspire Self-Directed Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic caused schools across the country to close for the spring and summer. In some areas, fall learning is also going to be handled remotely. As we all figure out how best to serve our classrooms, many teachers will be using self-directed learning apps to give students the ...