Pros and Cons of Homeschooling, Related Resources

Posted on December 01, 2021

Pros and Cons of Homeschooling, Related Resources

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Homeschooling - What Are the Rules?

Posted on November 10, 2021

Homeschooling - What Are the Rules?

Families all over the country have removed their children from public schools choosing instead to homeschool in increasing numbers over the last two years, but does every parent qualify to homeschool their child?  Our last blog focused on the notable rise in homeschooling which, according to statistics, has doubled over the last two years.  In fact, the president of the Texas Homeschool Coalition, Tim Lambert, stated “In 2020 we saw the largest surge in homeschooling in history. It appears that renewed concern about COVID-19 may be about to replicate a similar trend for 2021.”  This week’s blog will key in on what the legal requirements are for homeschooling, particularly in Texas, and what rules are in place for parents who homeschool their children.


Homeschooling and the Pandemic

Posted on October 28, 2021

Homeschooling and the Pandemic

Home schooling has been a controversial topic for many decades in this country and has seen a noticeable increase since the onset of Covid-19, however, educator experts cannot agree if this is the most effective way of educating our children, despite the jump in enrollment.  This issue’s blog will focus on how the pandemic has spurred an increase in homeschooling not only in Texas, but the nation, as well. 


What is Pedagogical Knowledge (PK)?

Posted on October 13, 2021

What is Pedagogical Knowledge (PK)?

Although Pedagogical Knowledge methods have been used in the American school system on a limited basis for many years, it has resulted, for the most part, in a positive impact on student learning abilities according to recent studies. 


Is Teaching Right for You? Top 5 Reasons for Entering the Noble Profession of Teaching.

Posted on September 30, 2021

Is Teaching Right for You? Top 5 Reasons for Entering the Noble Profession of Teaching.

Are you motivated and thinking about becoming a teacher? You aren’t alone if you are.  Despite the recent resurgence of the Covid 19 –variant that has caused numerous school closures to in-person classes, many institutions of higher learning have noted a recent uptick in the number of new students applying for teacher certificates.  

Tags : Recruitment, Retention, Student Engagement, Core Values, School, Covid-19


A Glance At COVID -19’s Impact On Student Learning

Posted on September 08, 2021

A Glance At COVID -19’s Impact On Student Learning

After a full year of disrupted classroom learning, as we continue to experience challenges, we know now that it’s time to take stock of the pandemic's impact on student academic achievement. The 2020-2021 school year seemed to end on a high note for approximately 98% of students and educators because they were fortunate enough to return to in-person instruction. However, we can not negate that the effects of this ongoing pandemic have been devastating to the American school system on many levels. As you might imagine, last year was perhaps the most challenging year on record in the United States for students and educators. According to recent research and analysis from McKinsey and Company, the impact of the pandemic on learning for K–12 students has been significant. The ripple effects of the pandemic have left students, on average, five months behind in mathematics and four months behind in reading, as seen in the following graph. Today’s blog will only scrape the surface of some of the impacts that COVID-19 has left on student learning.   

Tags : Cultural Responsive Teaching, Student Engagement, Core Values, School Climate, School, Instruction, Covid-19, Learning loss, Pandemic Impact on Student Learning


5 most Impactful Instructional Strategies for the new school year!

Posted on August 25, 2021

5 most Impactful Instructional Strategies for the new school year!

We have made it to another year, and it is now time to return to the world of learning objectives, grading papers, and lesson planning. Throughout the challenges the world of education has overcome in the last couple of years, you have made the conscious decision to continue your career to impact student lives, and we all know now more than ever that being a teacher is not for the faint of heart. As a teacher, you push past it all and begin the magic of designing differentiated, rigorous, and power-packed lesson plans that access and activates student potential. Let's face it. You deserve a round of applause! It is a fact that if you are still dominating in the virtual or in-person classroom, you are here for the long haul and are determined to make an impact on the little lives in your classroom using effective and purposeful instructional strategies.

Tags : Teacher Preparation, Discipline, School Climate, School, Instruction


The Gamification of Education

Posted on June 11, 2021

The Gamification of Education

“The best way to create value in the 21st century is to connect creativity with technology”. Steve Jobs

Tags : Student Engagement, Classroom Management, gamification, technology


AMERICAN HERO’S AVOID SUMMER LEARNING LOSS

Posted on May 27, 2021

AMERICAN HERO’S AVOID SUMMER LEARNING LOSS

YES, Inc is continuing to celebrate Teacher Appreciation as we progress with the last blog post in the Educators Are Awesome series honoring educators for being heroes in this noble profession. Educators, we take off our hats because you have one of the most challenging jobs on this planet! Day in and day out, you shape young lives. We know that at times, it seems like a never-ending chore, making sure that your lessons are differentiated and that you always stay one step ahead of the latest teaching methods, and let’s not forget you taught through a pandemic for over an entire year without pre-preparation!  We know that you didn’t sign up to teach in a pandemic, and we know that you didn’t sign up to wear masks in class or to lead and teach virtually, but we do know that you are an American Hero! We know that re-inventing the wheel isn’t always the easiest thing to do, nor is it the highest amongst your many priorities. And we know that this summer can’t come quickly enough! However, we understand how important continuous learning is. After all, without constant knowledge, the world would remain stagnant so, we also know that sometimes even heroes need some help! 

Tags : Professional Development, Teacher Preparation, Differentiation, Discipline, Teacher Appreciation


Educators are Awesome: Honoring Teacher/Administrator Voices

Posted on May 12, 2021

Educators are Awesome: Honoring Teacher/Administrator Voices

Every year, we pause and celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week to honor the noble profession which shapes young lives. However, it is important that teachers everywhere know how much they are appreciated each and every day, not just once a year! This year we can say confidently that educators have genuinely given their all.  Extra credit is due this year for teaching despite the challenges brought on by COVID-19.

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