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Remote Learning and Supporting Students with Special Learning Needs

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Oct 15, 2020

As most of us have experienced, heard from friends, or seen on the news, remote learning has its challenges. Difficulties have ranged from tech glitches and connection issues to students not showing up to any live virtual lessons. In addition to these challenges, teachers are making every effort to tailor instruction for students with special learning needs, including regular review of students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and/or 504 plans. This can be quite overwhelming for everyone involved, especially the parents at home trying to balance home responsibilities with their child’s specialized needs. How can all involved work together to support the child? Here are some recommendations to consider:

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Topics: tips fpr teachers, distance learning, distance teaching, student learning, remote learning

Distance Teaching — Pointers for Preventing Burnout

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Tue, Sep 29, 2020

You’ve probably scrolled through countless social media posts of teachers and students engaging in remote learning. There are posts with teachers dressed up in costumes, really working to get their students engaged. There are posts of students in pajamas, bodies contorted in different ways as they try to make it through a virtual lesson. There seems to be a nice mix of the positive and negative in this new normal of teaching and learning. Although it seems that more schools and educators have prepared for distance teaching, it brings up another concern — distance teaching burnout. With remote learning a reality for many, it is important to recognize the warning signs of burnout and move towards its prevention. But first, what is burnout?

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Topics: tips for teachers, distance learning, distance teaching

3 Ways to Incorporate STEM in Distance Learning

Posted by Braydon Moreno on Tue, Sep 22, 2020

This pandemic isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Schools are working towards creating an environment where students can learn at home by equipping them with the necessary technology to make the “virtual classroom” a reality. Unfortunately, STEM learning doesn’t appear to be a focus and it needs to be.

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Topics: STEM Lessons, Labdisc, STEM, STEAM, Robotics, distance learning, distance teaching, 3D printing, STEM education, Mimio MyBot, Robo3D, MyStemKits

Giving Feedback – Tips for Teachers

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Sep 3, 2020

I love feedback. I appreciate how feedback has helped me to improve in different aspects of my life. I believe in giving feedback that makes someone feel good about a job well done. For me, feedback is essential to growth! Yet, I can remember countless afternoons struggling to write feedback on all my students’ essays before the next class session. I wanted to be thorough and write about all of the points I’d reference in the lessons but my hands would cramp, my brain was mush, and by the last student’s paper I was barely writing a sentence or two that I hoped would help them improve. It wasn’t until a colleague showed me what she did — quick notes on each student’s work as she walked around and observed them during independent work time — that I began to feel like my time was being used more effectively and my students were able to implement recommendations as they worked. I also found that because I was saving time, I could talk with each student and really understand their comprehension and academic needs. Those quick convos with each student were some of my favorite times as a teacher.

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Topics: Student Engagement, tips for teachers, distance teaching, student learning, effective feedback

Boosting Math Discussions While Distance Teaching

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Tue, Sep 1, 2020

Talking about math is more than merely describing the steps in solving a problem (“First, add the ones, then the tens. If you need to regroup, do that.”). Math discussions are focused on the process of working towards a solution, understanding how others’ think about that process, and developing a plan for similar problems. Students should be pushed to think beyond an explanation of steps to an explanation of process, including making errors and how those were resolved. They should also be encouraged to use different methods and tools when solving a problem, then sharing these ideas with others to build a bank of strategies. In a physical classroom, this can be challenging so how can it be done while distance teaching? More than that, how can it be done successfully?

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Topics: Math, Student Engagement, tips for teachers, distance learning, distance teaching, student learning

Game-Based Learning and the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Aug 27, 2020

When I was in first grade – back when teachers used chalkboards and ditto machines – playing a game in class was the BEST! In SoCal, it was unusual to have rainy days but when it happened our teacher would have us play Heads-Up, Seven Up during indoor recess. I can remember hoping someone would put my thumb down so that I could guess the mystery person at the end of the round. We would play this game the entire time and groan aloud when recess was over. Playing that game was a welcome break from the months of circle time lessons and worksheets. Did I learn anything from playing Heads-Up? I didn’t think so at the time but looking back with my “teacher eye," there was communication, engagement, and reasoning involved. Of course, I doubt learning those skills was intentional but it taught me two important things when I stepped into my teacher shoes: 1) children will remember the experience of a fun and engaging game, and 2) children can learn concepts and skills, solve problems, think critically, collaborate, follow rules, communicate thinking, etc. while playing a game!

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Topics: Games, distance learning, distance teaching, virtual classroom, remote learning, Game-based Learning

Strategies for Supporting Your ELLs While Remote Learning

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Tue, Aug 18, 2020

“I think I have learned that the best way to lift one’s self up is to help someone else.” – Booker T. Washington

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Topics: tips for teachers, ELL, distance learning, distance teaching, English Language Learners, remote learning

Remote Learning TiPS for Teachers, Parents, Students

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Whatever our opinions are on in-class vs remote learning, the unpredictability of coronavirus has necessitated that many districts opt for the latter to ensure the safety of teachers, school staff, and students. That being the case, the following are helpful tips for teachers, parents, and students.

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Topics: tips for teachers, Parent resources, distance learning, distance teaching, online learning, student learning, remote learning

Preparing Younger Learners for the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Tue, Jul 28, 2020

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in many states, a number of districts are opting for total remote learning for the fall (for specific districts, click the link Education Week School Districts’ Reopening Plans). What does this mean for parents who have young ones starting school for the first time? If the anxiety about starting school in person during a worldwide pandemic wasn’t enough, the prospect of starting totally online can be overwhelming. Often, parents see entering school (PreK – K levels) as an opportunity for their children to learn social skills, understand rules and routines, and set a foundation of basic skills that will prepare them for the next 12 years of learning.

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Topics: Getting Parents Involved, distance learning, distance teaching, blended learning, virtual classroom, remote learning, hybrid learning

Bricks and Clicks – But What About My Panel?

Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Do a quick search of the internet, and you are sure to find a variety of articles on using an interactive flat panel to boost student engagement. Really, flat panels are geared towards educators – large screen with touch technology that begs for interactivity to showcase its features. Most ‘Top 10 Teacher Tips’ will include increase classroom collaboration, take a virtual fieldtrip, prepare for assessments, and gamify for learning new concepts. But when schools closed in the spring, this awesome tech sat lonely in many classrooms. With the debate still going about the learning environment for the new school year (as of this writing, many districts have opted to start the Fall totally virtual), educators may ask, “But what about my panel?”

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Topics: Education Technology, Flat Panel Displays, distance learning, distance teaching, blended learning, virtual classroom

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