Should Teachers Enforce School Rules When Students Are Learning at Home? – Teaching Now

When elementary special education teacher Brittany Gonzalez learned that her students would most likely be eating lunch in classrooms this year, a new social-distancing measure, she knew right away that she would need more supplies. 

She started crowdfunding projects for silicone placemats that she could clean easily, and drying racks to store them and students’ water bottles, which would need to be washed every day. She also wants to buy individually wrapped snacks for easier distribution and lunchboxes for students who may be bringing their food from home for the first time.

Gonzalez, who teaches in a self-contained classroom of

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New NEA President: ‘We Are Not Going to Put Our Students at Risk’ for COVID-19 – Teaching Now

When elementary special education teacher Brittany Gonzalez learned that her students would most likely be eating lunch in classrooms this year, a new social-distancing measure, she knew right away that she would need more supplies. 

She started crowdfunding projects for silicone placemats that she could clean easily, and drying racks to store them and students’ water bottles, which would need to be washed every day. She also wants to buy individually wrapped snacks for easier distribution and lunchboxes for students who may be bringing their food from home for the first time.

Gonzalez, who teaches in a self-contained classroom of

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Across the Country, Teachers Rally for Safe Reopenings and Police-Free Schools – Teaching Now

When elementary special education teacher Brittany Gonzalez learned that her students would most likely be eating lunch in classrooms this year, a new social-distancing measure, she knew right away that she would need more supplies. 

She started crowdfunding projects for silicone placemats that she could clean easily, and drying racks to store them and students’ water bottles, which would need to be washed every day. She also wants to buy individually wrapped snacks for easier distribution and lunchboxes for students who may be bringing their food from home for the first time.

Gonzalez, who teaches in a self-contained classroom of

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Schools Need Extra Supplies Since Kids Can’t Share. Per Usual, Teachers Are Paying – Teaching Now

When elementary special education teacher Brittany Gonzalez learned that her students would most likely be eating lunch in classrooms this year, a new social-distancing measure, she knew right away that she would need more supplies. 

She started crowdfunding projects for silicone placemats that she could clean easily, and drying racks to store them and students’ water bottles, which would need to be washed every day. She also wants to buy individually wrapped snacks for easier distribution and lunchboxes for students who may be bringing their food from home for the first time.

Gonzalez, who teaches in a self-contained classroom of

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Could Covid Finally Disrupt the Top-Down Education Bureaucracy?

The Covid crisis could be the impetus that finally pushes the broken machinery of America’s schools over the cliff. Everyone is scrambling to figure out how to educate in a pandemic, and the answers will differ depending on the infection rates in particular communities and many other variables. Work rules, legal entitlements, and one-size-fits-all bureaucracy are impossible to comply with.

Who decides? This is where the centralized education apparatus collapses of its own weight. Teachers unions want to control when and on what terms teachers return to work. Education regulators in Washington, D.C., and state capitals want to dictate answers

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Should Teachers Enforce School Rules When Students Are Learning at Home? – Teaching Now

As a growing number of school districts decide to start the school year entirely remotely, teachers will have to answer an important question: How many of their classroom norms and rules will they enforce when students are home? 

Teachers grappled with this question in the spring, when school buildings abruptly closed down due to the coronavirus outbreak. Students were suddenly learning from home, and teachers had to quickly decide if they would enforce dress codes or rules about snacking and other behaviors through a webcam. Many teachers pleaded with their peers to be lenient, as students were adjusting to

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In Memory of WeAreTeachers Founder, Sandy Fivecoat

We don’t often comment on the “behind the scenes” work at WeAreTeachers, but today we wanted to reflect on the inspiring and beautiful legacy of our founder, Sandy Fivecoat, who passed away on August 7 after a long fight with cancer.

Sandy believed in and supported educators throughout her entire career, which included working for many years at Apple and as an educational consultant in the technology space. In 2007, Sandy founded WeAreTeachers.com with the belief that teachers could make an even bigger impact on their students and families if they had access to additional resources for their classrooms.

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Tips For Onboarding New Teachers During a Pandemic

The first year of teaching is a giant leap from theory to practice. The learning curve is steep even under the best of circumstances. It is hard to fathom the difficulties that lie ahead for this batch of first-years. Many new teachers have never been inside the school where they will teach. Others don’t know if they will teach in person or remotely. As information changes day-to-day, new teachers can’t reach out to colleagues—as they don’t yet know them. Supporting our newest colleagues is more important than ever. Here’s how school leaders are onboarding new teachers during the pandemic.

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