How teachers can reduce the risk of COVID-19 in the classroom

How to Reduce COVID-19 Risk in the Classroom

As federal, state, and local governments around the country grapple with balancing the risks associated with COVID-19 and the start of the 2020-2021 school year, one thing remains clear. Classroom learning, no matter how it is implemented, will pose an increased infection risk to teachers, students, and their immediate families. In this post, I’m sharing a few ideas and resources that teachers can use to help alleviate the risks.

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How to Prevent the Summer Slide

How Teachers & Parents Can Help Students Avoid the Summer Slide Every teacher knows about the dreaded summer slide. Your students worked hard and made gains all year, but when they return to school in the Fall, it seems as though they have forgotten everything they learned. The fact of the matter is, according to NWEA’s research, students in third through eighth-grade loose between twenty to fifty percent of math

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How to Teach Children through Cooking

How Cooking Can Help Children Learn As teachers, students, parents, and administrators across the globe adjust to distance learning, little tweaks and moderations are being made with hopes of making this time easier for everyone. One thing that seems more common as we continue on our distancing journey is something along the lines of “Wellness Wednesday” or CHILL Day (Catch up, Help around the house, Inhale and exhale, Learn something

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Tips for Teachers: How to Prep for Home Learning

Preparing for Home Learning During Extended Breaks Is your school one of the many that are currently facing closures due to Coronavirus? If so, you likely do not know how long your school will be closed and if expectations like school days and state testing will remain in place. For this reason, it is important to do your best to prepare for home learning by providing your students with some

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The Best Books for Celebrating Women’s History Month

Celebrate Women’s History Month with these Amazing Books! March is Women’s History Month, and there are so many wonderful books about amazing women in history. Women’s History Month is an excellent time to celebrate important women in history and inspire students to impact the world. It is also a great opportunity to incorporate diversity by sharing the stories of women from various backgrounds, races, and nationalities. Here are some of

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How to Teach Critical Thinking by Forming Opinions

Teaching Critical Thinking through Forming Opinions Teaching students to distinguish opposing viewpoints on a topic, then to determine their own viewpoint is a critical skill. Students need to be able to look at media critically. It’s important they understand that what they see on the news, articles, radio, and television are often swayed by the creator’s thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Students need to be able to review information critically. It

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Teaching Strategies for How to Close Testing Gaps

Tips and Strategies for Closing Testing Gaps We all know that we “should” be using best practices all year that move our students to where they need to be. And we all know we should begin this at the start of the year. But what if you assess your students mid-year only to find your students are nowhere near where they should be? Should you throw in the towel? Or

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How to Teach Characters in Literature Effectively

Teaching about Characters in Literature I LOVE teaching about characters in literature. There are so many excellent mentor texts that help students learn about character traits and character change. Teaching about characters is also a great opportunity to incorporate diverse characters and character education. Here are some tips and strategies for how to teach characters in literature skills effectively. My Favorite Characters in Literature Mentor Texts Here are my favorite

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How to Teach Context Clues Effectively

Teaching Context Clues Context clues is one of those skills that it seems like students can never get enough practice with. The skill is vital to overall reading comprehension, so it makes sense to revisit it multiple times. I taught and retaught context clues over-and-over throughout the year. Here are some strategies that can help your students succeed with this important skill and help boost their overall reading comprehension. Introducing

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