This is the time of year when students are looking for summer internships. This year, many students are also hoping to help the people of Ukraine at this time of extreme need. Read more
National Black History Month is observed this February across the United States. How will you be celebrating in your classroom? What lessons and experiences will you offer your students?
Like many teachers, chances are you will profile and study notable African-Americans from the past. There are so many, of course, that it can be hard to decide whom to choose. Should you have your students learn more about Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Dr. Martin Luther King, John Lewis? Who, exactly? Read more
How Classroom Teachers Can Know when Students are Harming Themselves . . . and What Teachers Should Do If They Are
How are students adjusting as they return to live classrooms? The answer is, they are adjusting in different ways, depending on thousands of variables that include life at home and their emotional and social maturity. Some students are simply happy to be back at their desks. Still, others are finding the transition moderately difficult. And then there are other students who are having an extremely difficult time making the transition. Read more
What do schools need to do to keep students healthy during the future phases of the Covid-19 pandemic?
We recently found a list of recommendations from healthychildren.org. We like it because it covers both the well-known measures that schools should take, and also less-than-obvious steps that are easy to overlook. We recommend that you take a few minutes to review this list.
Here are some highlights. Read more
Teachers and educators, how are you doing psychologically as year 2022 begins?
It’s a difficult period. As one teacher we know recently observed, “I was ready to be all done with the pandemic. I was ready for December 2021 to be the end of an extremely difficult period. I was expecting the mood in my classroom to suddenly become sunny and bright. I thought we would all breathe a collective sign of relief. But no, we just have to take a deep breath, find some new psychological sources of strength, and keep dealing with all kinds of difficulties. Enough already.” Read more
“Study: Lessons of COVID-19 underscore need for better teacher support,” an article that Barri Bronston of Tulane University published in Phys.org on November 21, 2021, notes that not only students have suffered from the pandemic. Teachers too have been chronically under-supported by their school systems. Read more
Video to Watch . . .
We recently spoke with high school math teacher Esther Brunat about the critical role that math can play in preparing students for success.
Ms. Brunat, who teaches high school math, algebra II, and trigonometry in Texas, is impassioned about the role that math studies play in equipping her students for a variety of critically important careers that will help the world.
Daina Petronis, who teaches high school English in Toronto, recently offered some insightful observations on how student attitudes can affect their readiness to make good career decisions and lead better lives.
“Teachers say working with students kept them motivated at the start of the pandemic,” an article that Beth Daley wrote in The Conversation on October 7, 2021, reports reassuring findings about teachers’ strong dedication to their students.
Ms. Daley reports that before the pandemic began, she had begun a study of teachers’ enthusiasm for performing different job duties. At that point, her study found that of all the tasks teachers undertake on the job, working with students was the most satisfying. While her study was underway, Covid-19 struck and classrooms shut down. But her study found that at that time, teachers remained strongly motivated to continue teaching because they wanted so much to support their students. Read more
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