Expectations for Online Student Behavior Vary During Coronavirus School Closures – Teaching Now

Video and text by Brooke Saias

“I miss my friends and all the specials that we had like P.E., music, computer lab,” says Nina Daer, a third-grader from Tempe, Ariz. 

Coronavirus has shut down schools across the country, forcing millions of students to learn at home. Parents and kids are struggling to adjust to this new reality. In this video, families from Seattle to Maine react to how they feel during this time and talk about what it’s like to navigate these changes together.

“You’re not used to me being your teacher, so I think I get a little more

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Classroom ‘Circle Time’ Moves Online During Coronavirus Pandemic – Teaching Now

Video and text by Brooke Saias

“I miss my friends and all the specials that we had like P.E., music, computer lab,” says Nina Daer, a third-grader from Tempe, Ariz. 

Coronavirus has shut down schools across the country, forcing millions of students to learn at home. Parents and kids are struggling to adjust to this new reality. In this video, families from Seattle to Maine react to how they feel during this time and talk about what it’s like to navigate these changes together.

“You’re not used to me being your teacher, so I think I get a little more

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7 days ago

Stories to Make You Smile: Teaching Through a Glass Door – Teaching Now

Video and text by Brooke Saias

“I miss my friends and all the specials that we had like P.E., music, computer lab,” says Nina Daer, a third-grader from Tempe, Ariz. 

Coronavirus has shut down schools across the country, forcing millions of students to learn at home. Parents and kids are struggling to adjust to this new reality. In this video, families from Seattle to Maine react to how they feel during this time and talk about what it’s like to navigate these changes together.

“You’re not used to me being your teacher, so I think I get a little more

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7 days ago

WATCH: What It’s Really Like for Homeschooling During Coronavirus – Teaching Now

Video and text by Brooke Saias

“I miss my friends and all the specials that we had like P.E., music, computer lab,” says Nina Daer, a third-grader from Tempe, Ariz. 

Coronavirus has shut down schools across the country, forcing millions of students to learn at home. Parents and kids are struggling to adjust to this new reality. In this video, families from Seattle to Maine react to how they feel during this time and talk about what it’s like to navigate these changes together.

“You’re not used to me being your teacher, so I think I get a little more

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7 days ago

Just in Time: a Resource Hub on Remote Learning for Special Education Students – On Special Education

Nearly 30 disability rights and education advocacy organizations have launched EducatingAllLearners.org, a resource hub and online network designed to answer questions and provide insight about remote learning for special education students during the coronavirus crisis.

Despite the difficulty schools may face in offering online instruction during the pandemic, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has reaffirmed that districts must provide special education services and supply students with disabilities equal access to the same opportunities.

But keeping services flowing for special education students has been difficult. Confusion over guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and fear of violating federal

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The Stubborn Myth of “Learning Styles” – State teacher-license prep materials peddle a debunked theory

Reasonable people may disagree about whether teachers should have to pass licensing tests of instructional knowledge before getting a job in a classroom. But it’s hard to dispute the idea that, if there is going to be such a test, then the questions should be based on the best evidence we have about how children learn. Right?

Actually, my research shows that in 29 states, government-distributed test-preparation materials on high-stakes certification exams include the debunked theory of “learning styles,” which holds that matching instruction to students’ preferred mode of learning—seeing, listening, or physically engaging in content-aligned activities, for example—is beneficial.

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Education Groups Seek Over $200 Billion in New Coronavirus Emergency Aid – Politics K-12

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Schools need upwards of $200 billion in new aid to help them deal with the coronavirus, several education groups, including the two national teachers’ unions, have told congressional leaders—well above their previous request for emergency help. 

The Monday letter to Capitol Hill says that in addition to at least $175 billion in state stabilization funding for K-12 budgets, Title I programs for disadvantaged students should get a $12 billion boost, and special education should get a fresh $13 billion in funding. And the 12 organizations reiterated previous demands that Congress

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Best 5th Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home

Fifth graders are on the brink of adolescence. They are curious, capable, and ready to tackle the world. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help them build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some just for fun! This list of 5th grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families. 

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