Planning for this new school year will be unlike any other. Teachers will no doubt be juggling discussions and expectations around social distancing, remote learning, and the social emotional needs of their students. This month’s resources aim to help teachers plan for an uncertain year while still creating welcoming and exciting learning environments for their students.
We know that many of our students will come back to us next year after having experienced rough situations at home. This month’s collection of Trauma-Informed Instruction resources will help you plan ahead for some of your students’ needs in the fall.
AVID is a national non-profit that delivers professional learning to more than 85,000 educators each year so they can close the gap and prepare all students. Attend AVID Discover as a non-AVID school for just the cost of registration. Cost for this program can be covered by ESSER funding through your district, the Private School Stabilization funds (more info to come on this from Step Up), Title II, Part A or Title IV, Part A. Learn effective AVID online teaching methods that will also transfer to the face to face classroom setting.
This year more than ever it is important for teachers to reflect on the year, celebrate their efforts, and let go of a very turbulent year. We’ve created a document to help you process the past school year and look ahead to a new and fresh start in 2020-21.
Download “The Year in Review”to walk through the ups and downs of your 2019-20 school year and shift your focus to a fresh start in 2020-21. Reflection helps, we promise!
Collaborate with other teachers by sharing a success you had during the “remote learning” this year. Share as much or as little as you like. Click here to share your thoughts!
Resources for Thinking Ahead!
Trauma-Informed Instruction: Many of our students will come back to us next year after having experienced rough situations at home. Check out the Trauma-Informed Instruction resources below to see how you can plan for students’ needs next year.
Update: Congratulations to Lisa M. from Dixon School of the Arts on winning our Teacher Appreciation Giveaway! Thank you to all the wonderful teachers who continue to support their students everyday!
We know this year teachers have been stretched and challenged more than ever in new and sometimes frustrating ways. We are so proud of all the hard work you are putting into your remote learning classrooms. This month’s resources are totally in celebration of you!
THANK YOU TEACHERS!
Many teachers have worked hard to develop new skills in the area of technology to continue to serve students from afar. In support of that growth, this month we are giving away a free Document Camera to one lucky teacher!
How do I find resources for the grade level & subjects I teach?
The links below are sorted by subject area and are broken down into elementary and middle & high school levels. Remember, you can link the resources you find here into a digital classroom (see tutorials above)!
The site, WideOpenSchool.org,was created by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that rates education and entertainment content for children, with help from dozens of partner educational companies. The site brings together content from some amazing companies to help students, teachers and families find free, quality resources while school buildings are closed.
Who can I reach out to about purchasing devices for my students?
Demand is high for devices at this time. We will update this section with more contacts as we find them. Check back in regularly to see what options are available.
Due to the unprecedented situation nationwide, we know you are most likely in the process of exploring & implementing online and remote learning options for your students in the coming weeks. To help with this planning, we’ve compiled resources that may help you to navigate these uncharted waters. Feel free to walk through the steps below as you and your school decide what plan will work best for your students & families.
*Please note: We will continue to update the links below as we find new information and resources. (Updated on 3/26/20)
Step 1: What should I know about online learning before I jump in?
March is National Reading Month as well as Women’s History Month. This month we wanted to provide resources in celebration of both! We’ve also added a section this month with professional development resources & support for students with special needs. Check out the awesome resources below!
This course “Self Compassion for Educators” from Mindful Schools is designed for educators, caregivers, and those who work in service of youth. It is designed to help participants explore the importance of compassion and break the cycle of negative thoughts and responses in the classroom. This course is associated with a cost, but offers up to 3 graduate level credits. Learn more about this course and others here!
Resources for Students with Special Needs
do2Learn is an amazing database of resources for supporting students with special needs. Click here to explore!
Today is the first day of Black Lives Matter at School week and the first week of Black History Month. We know that teachers are working toward representation and inclusion every day in their classrooms. Here are some resources to help you foster critical conversations in your classroom and continue to create an inclusive environment in your school. We hope you can use these resources all year long!
With holiday parties, parent nights, school-wide performances, and end of term exams coming up, it’s easy to get buried under a mountain of grading and planning this month! We’d like to share some strategies that will ease the stress of grading and help you make the most of your planning time all year.
Create your to do list the day or night before. During your planning time, choose 2-3 items you know you can get done and set a time limit for each. Use the timer on your phone to keep yourself on task. Shut the door and get things done!
Don’t Try to Grade Everything
There is a purpose for every assignment or activity in your class, but that does not mean every assignment or activity needs to be recorded for a grade. Consider checking some assignments for understanding, while grading and providing detailed feedback on others. Consider providing quick feedback via a sticky note rubric- click here to learn more!
Utilize a Copy Box
Use a folder or an inbox on your desk to place the master copies of the pages you need for the next week. Resist the urge to go make copies as soon as you finish one lesson. Collect your copies during your planning time and then save 5-10 minutes at the end of your time to go make the copies.
Choose One Day to Stay Late
As teachers we are notorious for coming in early and staying late. Consider choosing just one day a week to stay late. During this time, you can work after students are gone, distraction free, to finish any grading, planning, or copying that needs to be done for the following week.
Teachers: Have you heard about Algebra Nation?
Accessible anywhere and anytime, Algebra Nation offers an individualized approach to teaching and learning Middle Grades Math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2.
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