Most Educators Require Kids to Turn Cameras On in Virtual Class, Despite Equity Concerns – Teaching Now

The Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it is launching a multimillion dollar grant program aimed at raising achievement in Algebra I for Black and Latino students, students in poverty, and English-language learners. 

The goal is to engage students with more culturally relevant instruction—including by redesigning courses so that they draw on students’ lived experiences, strengthen their math identities, and explore issues of social justice. 

The grants will be awarded through the foundation’s Grand Challenge platform, an initiative that targets persistent challenges in global health and development. Funding will be awarded in two phases: 10 to 15 awardees will receive $100,000 each,

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Are Aspiring Teachers Learning Classroom Management? It Varies – Teaching Now

The Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it is launching a multimillion dollar grant program aimed at raising achievement in Algebra I for Black and Latino students, students in poverty, and English-language learners. 

The goal is to engage students with more culturally relevant instruction—including by redesigning courses so that they draw on students’ lived experiences, strengthen their math identities, and explore issues of social justice. 

The grants will be awarded through the foundation’s Grand Challenge platform, an initiative that targets persistent challenges in global health and development. Funding will be awarded in two phases: 10 to 15 awardees will receive $100,000 each,

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Lucy Calkins Says Balanced Literacy Needs ‘Rebalancing’ – Teaching Now

The Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it is launching a multimillion dollar grant program aimed at raising achievement in Algebra I for Black and Latino students, students in poverty, and English-language learners. 

The goal is to engage students with more culturally relevant instruction—including by redesigning courses so that they draw on students’ lived experiences, strengthen their math identities, and explore issues of social justice. 

The grants will be awarded through the foundation’s Grand Challenge platform, an initiative that targets persistent challenges in global health and development. Funding will be awarded in two phases: 10 to 15 awardees will receive $100,000 each,

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Posted on 2 weeks ago

Gates Foundation Unveils Grants to Make Algebra More Culturally Relevant – Teaching Now

The Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it is launching a multimillion dollar grant program aimed at raising achievement in Algebra I for Black and Latino students, students in poverty, and English-language learners. 

The goal is to engage students with more culturally relevant instruction—including by redesigning courses so that they draw on students’ lived experiences, strengthen their math identities, and explore issues of social justice. 

The grants will be awarded through the foundation’s Grand Challenge platform, an initiative that targets persistent challenges in global health and development. Funding will be awarded in two phases: 10 to 15 awardees will receive $100,000 each,

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Teachers Need to Be Taught To Teach Students to Behave

After years of watching and teaching lessons, and then teaching people to teach lessons, and then watching that, I can observe that many teachers make the same mistake. It is incredibly common, and at times it almost appears to be the default. The most common mistake teachers make is this:

They wait for misbehavior to occur and then they react to it.

Why? Usually they often haven’t had much training in how to handle behavior. Teacher preparation in this area is often very light touch (or worse, sometimes impractical), so new teachers can be forgiven for thinking that it isn’t

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Please Stop Expecting Normal From Kids (and Teachers) Right Now

We are trying to keep things as normal as possible for our kids. But why? There’s nothing normal about this school year. I’m going to make the case to please stop expecting normal from kids and teachers right now and to start questioning why we thought normal was so great in the first place. Sure, there’s a lot of comfort in routine and the structure of school, but we are so used to things that we stop questioning why we do them in the first place. What works every year doesn’t work this year and maybe needs to change. Testing

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How to Make Time for Independent Reading in Remote Learning

Back in January, the International Literacy Association released a report in which 70% of educators said there isn’t enough time set aside for independent reading. And with so much learning now happening remotely, it’s become even more of a challenge to fit in. Independent reading has incredible benefits, from improving reading achievement to boosting confidence to building background knowledge. We can’t afford to leave it out, and fortunately, we don’t have to. Read on for our tips to encourage independent reading during remote learning.

Set aside dedicated time

It may sound obvious, but we do have to be intentional about

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Most Educators Require Kids to Turn Cameras On in Virtual Class, Despite Equity Concerns – Teaching Now

The issue of whether students should turn their video cameras on during remote classes has been heavily debated among educators. On one side, cameras can foster student engagement and make teachers feel less like they’re speaking into an abyss. On the other, teachers say requiring cameras can make some students feel vulnerable or exposed. 

A new Education Week Research Center survey found that more than three quarters of teachers, principals, and district leaders whose schools or districts provide live remote instruction say that if students have working cameras on their devices, they must keep them on during class. (The nationally

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