Teachers in the US and UK are eager to return to in-person instruction, according to a report by UserTesting, a human insights platform. In this commentary, the company's Janelle Estes writes that the findings show the challenges teachers have faced amid virtual instruction, including distractions during learning and the lack of human connection.
Choosing the right instructional strategy can benefit student learning across subjects, according to Angela Di Michele Lalor, an educational consultant. In this blog post, Lalor shares three strategies, including cognitive and visual routines, that can aid learning, especially when used in multiple settings.
Students can flex their language arts muscles involving vivid descriptors, emotional processing and self-reflection on a range of poetry assignments, English educator and author Marilyn Pryle writes in this article for National Poetry Month. Pryle offers five assignment ideas for individuals, pairs and whole classes.
Virtual language courses in Ho-Chunk (or Hoocak), Dakota and Ojibwe are being offered to students and community members in a Minnesota district to promote Indigenous language education and highlight the diversity of local Native American communities. In addition, the courses offered by the district's American Indian Parent Advisory Committee have drawn interest from learners of all ages across the US.
Some say California continues to lag behind much of the country in reopening schools to in-person learning and, in some cases, students are learning in person with an adult monitor while teachers work remotely from home. This situation -- called "Zoom in a Room" -- has drawn criticism from those who say it is not the same as true in-person instruction.
Wenatchee Public Schools in Washington state has revived its former high-school online education platform, Wenatchee Internet Academy, to now provide a distance learning option for K-12 students during the pandemic. For high-school students, the academy offers courses through the Apex Virtual Learning School platform, and officials say the district is considering continuing the academy for at least another year.
Hawaii educator Joseph Manfre honed in on the "we" of the "I do, we do, you do" teaching concept in his middle-school math classes to better empower students and prompt critical thinking. Manfre also increased student input by creating small groups with rotating student facilitators to ask "what should we do next?" to prompt students' solutions.
Teaching to the test can be especially problematic when those tests prevent students from moving forward, asserts Ted Dintersmith, founder of What School Could Be. "Why would we block a kid's life prospects because they can't factor polynomials, when not even scientists or engineers are doing that?" asks Dintersmith, whose digital forum lets teachers brainstorm better teaching ideas.
Education should be redesigned after the coronavirus pandemic ends, said Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. In a recent interview, he discussed how federal funding, including the proposed infrastructure package, could help make improvements in education during the health crisis.
The Nampa School District in Idaho has partnered with a health services group to make mental health care more accessible, and therapists see students in more than half of the district's 24 schools. Therapist turnover is a challenge and many therapists have waitlists, but data from early stages of the program shows reductions in absences and increases in GPA among student participants.
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