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, ...

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 ...