Social Justice Rally

The Challenges of Teaching Social Justice in Your Classroom

The trial of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis has focused our nation’s attention on issues of social justice and racial equality. These questions can form the basis for classroom discussions and assignments in our classrooms yet making those assignments and leading discussions can pose a challenge for teachers. Students could offer opinions that will trigger other students, and even reflect badly on the teacher who was in charge when those opinions were expressed. Read more

High School Student Standing in front of a school bus

Has Covid-19 Driven a Permanent Wedge Between America’s Public and Private Schools?

If you live in many towns and cities across the United States, you are familiar with the great divide between the public and private schools near you. Read more

Teacher Who Is Staying Resilient

Helpful Tips for Teachers on Staying Resilient During the Pandemic

In the last year of Covid-19, most teachers have learned vital life lessons about being resilient. And it hasn’t been easy. As soon as the dark clouds of the pandemic seemed to be lifting and we started to feel relieved, it was time to readjust to the fact that things weren’t improving as quickly as we hoped. Then – and we have all been through this time and time again – we needed to reach down deep into ourselves and find new ways to be patient. Read more

Teacher in the front of a class

More Summer Learning Opportunities for Teachers

We recently wrote a post about educational programs that can help teachers hone their skills and add to their credentials over the coming summer months.

Today, we would like to widen our lens a little and explore still more opportunities for teachers to learn this summer. These programs can help you get energized and ready for your classroom to open again in the fall or 2021. And you’ll be happy to hear that most of the opportunities we list below are free. Read more

Student Falling

How Far Have Students Fallen Behind During Covid-19?

An analysis of data from 4.4 million students provides answers

You have probably wondered how far students have fallen behind in their learning during Covid-19.

You have probably also heard your fellow teachers offer an opinion on the topic that usually goes something like this . . . Read more

Student working online

Do Students Need Extra Protection when Working Online?

Are students more likely to be victims of cyberbullying during the pandemic when they are spending hours and hours of their days online? Are they more likely to become victims of online predators? Read more

High school student returning to school

Returning to the Classroom

The CDC’s Checklists Are a Helpful Resource

Returning to live instruction in the classroom, whether it happens in stages or all at once, is sure to be challenging to teachers, parents, and school administrators. But let’s not forget that . . . Read more

female high school student doing homework

How teachers can confront student’s pandemic-era excuses for not getting work done

“The Cloud Ate My Homework” . . .

There was a time when students could sometimes get out of doing their assignments by telling their teachers excuses like these . . .

  • “My dog ate my homework.” We’re not sure if any student ever used this excuse, but it is now considered a classic for not turning in assignments.
  • “My grandfather died.” Poor old grandpa died repeatedly in some families, just to give kids an excuse to stay home.
  • “I’m sick.” Of course, students do get ill. But many more of them claim to be sick when they aren’t. It’s probably the most common way of getting excused from going to school.

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First Lady Jill Biden

Why Having a Teacher as First Lady Is Bound to Help Education in America

Welcome, Jill Biden . . .

First Lady Jill Biden is clearly smart, resourceful, warm, courageous, and highly supportive of her husband. But she has something else going for her . . .

Jill Biden is a teacher Read more

Books in a high school library

A Pandemic Reading List for High School Students

If you teach high school students and would like them to develop a historical perspective on the great plagues and pandemics in history, we would like to suggest you let them know about the books on the list that we have compiled below.

One reassuring lesson these books teach is that the current Covid-19 pandemic, horrible as it is, might not be the most frightening or devastating world health disaster in history. Plus, these books contain a varied and useful selection of topics for students to research and explore. What public health initiatives were used to combat these prior pandemics, for example? What countermeasures did people use to combat them, and are there lessons we can learn? How was society changed, and what changes are still visible today? Read more