Key to Preventing Covid-19 Indoors: Ventilation.
Coronavirus info. Twitter. The Worst Is Yet to Come - Rick Hess Straight Up. Robert Pondiscio is a veteran educator, Fordham Institute big wheel, and author of the terrific How the Other Half Learns.
Readers will recall him from the finely crafted guest letters he's penned for RHSU (see here and here) or his popular guest stint last fall. In 2002, after two decades in journalism, Robert left a senior position at Business Week to teach in the Bronx. Today, he writes about school improvement with a practical bent. —Rick Hess We've reached the mop-up phase at the end of the fractured school year, the worst that most of us have ever seen. These bleak assessments might even be a little too sunny. To date, most of the planning oxygen for restarting schools is being consumed by thinking through the logistical and financial hurdles: how to structure schooling to contain and mitigate COVID-19 and how to pay for it all. Local conditions are sure to dictate what form schooling will take when it resumes a few months hence. Depressed yet? One final thought. . — Robert Pondiscio. Twitter. Twitter. Plan With Priority Standards to Increase Student Achievement. One of the hardest things about laying out the year is fitting in all the standards for all the subjects while maximizing student learning.
It can be a bit overwhelming to stare down 28 different math standards, as our fourth grade teachers are accountable for each year. Priority standards can help pair down what you need to accomplish and prioritize so that you get the maximum bang for your lesson. Priority standards are those standards that encompass many smaller standards into one big bad standard. For example, take the fourth grade Operations and Algebraic Thinking domain in math. The first few standards are all about multiplication and division, so what is the priority? Priority standards give an overall goal for the content. Three things that you have to consider when picking priority standards include: Know your focus areas Know your blueprints Build to mastery Focus Areas Here’s a real-life example. Know Your Blueprints. Alisha R Smith. Edutopia News.
Edutopia News. Credit: NAO / Twenty20 Summative Assessment in Distance Learning Whether schools are using regular grades or not, teachers need to accurately assess learning while their students are at home.
These are some helpful ideas to consider. Credit: titovailona / Twenty20 4 Key Aspects of Teaching an Online Class What an educator with experience teaching online has learned about structuring students' online and offline experiences and how to provide feedback to keep the learning going. Credit: svetikd / iStock 8 Tips for Conducting Virtual IEP Meetings Educators, parents, and students usually gather in person at school for individualized education program meetings, but digital tools can be used for this work.
Math. Math Content Course. Corona teaching. Organize. Gardening. Are 'Learning Styles' Real? That same year, a Journal of Educational Psychology paper found no relationship between the study subjects’ learning-style preference (visual or auditory) and their performance on reading- or listening-comprehension tests.
Instead, the visual learners performed best on all kinds of tests. Therefore, the authors concluded, teachers should stop trying to gear some lessons toward “auditory learners.” “Educators may actually be doing a disservice to auditory learners by continually accommodating their auditory learning style,” the researchers wrote, “rather than focusing on strengthening their visual word skills.” In our conversation, Willingham brought up another study, published in 2009, in which people who said that they liked to think visually or verbally really did try to think that way: Self-proclaimed visualizers tried to create an image, and self-proclaimed verbalizers tried to form words. This doesn’t mean everyone is equally good at every skill, of course.
Engagement. Cooperative learning. A Kentucky Teacher’s List of 22 Things We Need to Do to “Fix” Public Education. Folks, I’m no education policy expert or “super teacher”, but as the child of two teachers and a public middle school teacher myself, I’ve got some thoughts to share on what should be done to help America’s public schools.
Today, my own school district — Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), the 30th largest district in the nation — had to cancel school for the fifth time in the last two weeks due to a teacher “sick out” primarily organized through activist teacher groups on social media. Teachers in Kentucky are rightfully frustrated about a number of public education-damaging bills currently being considered by Kentucky state legislators, as well as a general culture of distrust and contempt that has developed between teachers and lawmakers under the current governor, Republican Matt Bevin. Before I get to it I do want to say: as it is now, K-12 public education in the U.S. is certainly not completely “broken”. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) Twenty-Five Useful Thinking Tools.