If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that teachers are incredibly resilient, resourceful, and ready to move forward. Besides working through a pandemic, whether in-class with stringent safety precautions or remotely while also dealing with personal responsibilities, teachers have proven that they are willing to make the effort. Why? There’s a lot of heart in the teaching profession. Many teachers will say that they derive joy from seeing their students’ eyes light up when they understand a new concept or are excited by a hands-on project. Being in a classroom, teachers are able to work closely with students, observe how they collaborate with one another, and celebrate achievements as a class. But with what seems like the unending concerns over health and safety, learning loss and closing gaps, and the social-emotional well-being of their students, teachers need more than a “Good job!” and “Keep going!” What can Head Teachers and Principals do so that teachers feel like they’re being seen, heard, and supported?
April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, a day that recognises the rights of those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). What is ASD? It is a developmental disorder that can cause people to behave, communicate, interact, and learn in different ways than most others. As more children are diagnosed with ASD, teachers need to be prepared to teach them using a variety of strategies and tools including educational technology. Read some tips for supporting your students with ASD in the classroom.
Teachers worldwide are working under incredible conditions to “normalise” the learning experience for their students. This means extra hours creating interactive lessons, planning a simplified scope and sequence of lessons, and for schools with hybrid learning situations deciding which materials will be used for asynchronous learning and ones for synchronous sessions. Combine this with trying to balance their personal lives, and more teachers have admitted to experiencing burnout early on in this past school year. Of course, the availability of education technology for helping teachers teach and students learn is plentiful but dizzying – there’s so much out there! Before making a selection, let’s look at what teachers have found successful for remote and hybrid learning.
March 18th is Global Recycling Day and this year’s theme is ‘Recycling Heroes’ to recognise those who demonstrate the critical role that recycling plays. This includes what these recycling heroes do to help keep the environment clean and balanced. By recycling, we help decrease the need for collecting and processing non-renewable resources like coal and oil, and raw materials like trees. All these activities contribute to the pollution of our air and water, as well as increase greenhouse gas emissions thus affecting the climate. Recycling saves energy and reduces the hazardous effects of greenhouse gases such as the continued rise of global temperatures, melting ice caps, and the increased danger of wildfires. Really, we all could be recycling heroes by the actions we take. Here are activities to try with your class, even in a hybrid learning environment:
World Poetry Day will be celebrated on March 21, 2021 and now is a perfect time to incorporate poetry lessons in your classrooms. Established in 1999 by UNESCO, the purpose of World Poetry Day is to promote poetry reading, writing, and teaching, as well as encourage the relationship between poetry and the other arts such as dance, music, painting, and theater. What are some elements of poetry study to remember? Poems can rhyme, but don’t have to. Poems can be broken into stanzas, which are like paragraphs, or they can be as short as a few syllables per line. There are different types of poems such as ballads, free verse, haikus, limericks, and sonnets. There are poets and poems to research from every century in history, with the earliest poetry believed to predate written language to concrete poems that arrange words into a shape.
Have you hit your rhythm with lesson planning, teaching, meeting with students, and grading assignments? Are your students excited each time they walk in the classroom or turn on their web cameras for a live virtual lesson? Do you wake up each morning so energised that the cup of liquid energy you pour is unnecessary? If your answer is ‘Yes’ to the previous, that is AWESOME! For the rest of you, there may be moments of ‘Yes’, ‘Sometimes’, and ‘I wish’ for each of these questions and that speaks to your hard work and effort to make learning an enjoyable experience for all.
Engaging students and keeping them interested in what they’re learning is among the list of things teachers are perpetually working at improving. Each school year brings a different group of young minds with abilities, experiences, and levels of confidence. With many schools facilitating instruction within hybrid learning and remote learning environments, teachers are faced with the added challenge of engaging students who are spending an increased chunk of time in front of a screen without in-person interaction. Enquiry-based learning strategies can prove to be just what is needed for students to become excited about what their learning, while also giving teachers a clearer picture of how and what their students are understanding.
We are approaching the mid-year mark and it is time to really look at how students are progressing. With the challenges of school closures, it is important to know how much students have been able to retain and identify the learning goals that still need to be met. This knowledge can lead to personalised instruction that is tailored to each student, meeting their academic needs, strengths, and interests. Not sure where to begin? Here are some quick tips for increasing personalised learning:
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Teachers are busy searching for and creating interactive lessons that will motivate and engage their learners. But time is essential and teachers need an easy-to-use software that can help them build dynamic activities and lessons in a matter of minutes. The software should be compatible with any of a variety of education technology hardware such as document cameras, interactive flat panel displays, projectors, and interactive whiteboards. When looking for teacher-friendly software that can be customised for a variety of learning situations, make sure these four features are included: