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 ...

Self-Directed Online Learning: Lessons Students Can Do Without Parents

Remote learning has been an adjustment for many kids, who miss their friends and have a hard time focusing on one screen all day. It’s also been an adjustment for their parents. Parents are either working from home, trying to balance helping their children with a 40-hour workweek, or still ...

Teaching Tolerance: Resources to Introduce Queer Studies to Your Students

This is an exciting time for educators who want to create more inclusive classrooms. Discussions about queer identities are increasingly encouraged by school districts, but many schools and teachers lack the resources needed to address gender identity and sexual preference in a comprehensive manner. This has led some instructors to ...

Outer Space Lesson Plans for Teaching Astronomy and Science

There is so much to cover about space that most science teachers could spend at least an entire semester focused on it. From the history of space exploration to the constellations, space-centric lessons are a great way to foster a love of science in students and tap into their creativity and ...