Learning Outside of the Classroom
While we are all figuring out what homeschooling really entails, what remote-learning is, and looking for free digital resources, let's take a moment to honor our teachers...
Speaking of free digital resources, here are a few links to some helpful information:
Distance Learning Tips From One Teacher to Another
Unless you have turned off all social media, the news, and decided to climb back into bed and hide under the covers, you have probably heard of the COVID-19 virus, known as the Coronavirus. Preparing for illnesses is always a difficult and serious affair, but it does give us an opportunity to think about how we can extend learning outside the walls of our classrooms and into the homes of our students.
How to Talk to Little Learners About Coronavirus | PBS
“Teacher, I don't feel good” is a phrase we, as early childhood educators, hear a lot. Our littlest learners are naturally curious and love to explore and share everything, including germs. With the arrival of COVID-19, the challenge of keeping our students and classrooms safe is more important than ever. When talking to our youngest learners and even their families, we can all take a lesson from Mister Rogers.
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5 POWERFUL WOMEN
Girl Power: 5 Powerful Women in Literature
Women in Literature have often faced adversity in the field. When world-known author J.K.Rowling first sought publishers for her Harry Potter series, she was rejected 12 times. When she finally scored a deal, her publisher recommended that she utilize a “gender-neutral” name to help her appeal to a broader audience. That’s when she decided to utilize her initials, J.K., instead of her birth name, Joanne Kathleen Rowling. Harry Potter took the world by storm and has sold over 500 million copies globally, in over 80 languages. Her true gender identity was revealed early on, but the success of the novel took precedence.
Girl Power: 5 Powerful Women in History
In 1973, Janice Law Trecker conducted a study assessing how women were being portrayed in U.S High School History Textbooks. The article, Women in US History High School Textbooks, highlights the results of that study. The study focused on female representation during colonial and revolutionary times, education, the women’s rights movement and suffrage, reform movements, abolition and the Civil War, labor, the frontier, both World Wars, family patterns, intellectual and cultural trends, as well as the current for the study - 1970s - position of women in society.
Girl Power: 5 Powerful Women in Science
When I started teaching math after spending the majority of my teaching career as an ELA teacher, I had many doubts. I saw myself failing myself and my students. For some reason I had this voice in my head that I was not “made” to teach math. I was fortunate that the math coach at my school provided me with the guidance and support I needed, and she helped me not only feel comfortable teaching the subject, but actually enjoying it too! It's not surprising to me, in hindsight, that I felt this way. The Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field is notorious as a male-dominated field. Paired with Stereotype Threat, where people feel at risk of needing to conform to stereotypes about their social group, most young girls just don’t imagine themselves “growing up” to have a career in STEM.
If you have visited the Texas Education Agency's website, you may have come across the Planning for Instructional Continuity During High Absenteeism and School Closures, which is a guidance prepared for your child's school. Click here to read the guidance.