This period of remote instruction offered an opportunity for teachers to implement project-based learning. Tony Siddall, a program officer for Next Generation Learning Challenges, says in many cases traditional approaches to teaching and learning were not adequate for remote instruction, adding that for "kids to even show up for remote learning, the activities have to be a lot more engaging than what often happens in the classroom."
Many teachers in the US suffer from extremely high levels of stress, due to the coronavirus, remote instruction and the focus on racial injustice, among other factors, according to Sheila Ohlsson Walker, senior scientist at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University. In this commentary, Walker shares several solutions, including supporting emotional, mental and physical well-being of teachers as well as social-emotional competency training.
School supply lists may look different this fall, according to teachers who say they will need more sanitizing supplies and that students no longer will be able to share materials, such as pencils. Elizabeth Schneider, a fifth-grade special education teacher, said she is stocking up on cleaning supplies and encourages parents to do the same.
A Texas family has self-published a bilingual children's book about wearing masks and to address the worries of students. Dan Heiman and Martha Samaniego Calderon printed "Behind My Mask (Detras de mi Cubrebocas)," to help students -- including their two children who are featured in the book -- explore their emotions and identity amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A group of Washington state fifth-graders have been documenting their lives during the coronavirus pandemic for a history project. Teacher Gabrielle Glim says the students became their own primary sources for this historic time of school and work closures, and have shared their experiences through art, poetry, photos, a graphic novel, charts and journals.
Variations between men and women and their college majors can be traced back to early high-school years, with women less likely to go into STEM fields, according to a study from Cornell University. "University-based programs to support students in STEM are worthwhile, but they can't really be expected to reverse all the social and cultural influences on the plans that young men and young women form well before college," Kim Weeden, an author of the study, said.
School leaders should consider adopting looping -- in particular for the first portion of the new school year -- according to Naphtali Hoff, president of Impactful Coaching & Consulting. In this blog post, Hoff writes that the approach could help to curb learning loss and offer students a sense of stability.
The current conversation about race in the US offers an opportunity for school leaders to consider issues of equality and justice on their own campuses, according to Jim Dillon, a longtime educator and administrator. In this blog post, Dillon asserts that schools can change their overall culture by following the "golden rule" of showing respect to all students.
Demand for mobile devices in the US education market is growing following a period of remote learning, according to a report from FutureSource Consulting, which predicts a 27% rise in shipments of laptops, tablets and Chromebooks. Similar demand is being seen globally and "shows no signs of slowing," writes Michael Boreham, a senior consultant at the firm.
The Louisiana Department of Education and Louisiana Public Broadcasting will share math education videos throughout July for students in kindergarten through ninth grade. The partnership was created to reach students who are learning at home.
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