What is Augmented Reality in Virtual Education?

Posted on September 02, 2020

What is Augmented Reality in Virtual Education?

Just when you think the ways educators can reach students have met its’ threshold, learning finds a way to travel beyond the classroom and come alive right before their eyes! It is a known fact that all educational institutions are open to making learning more engaging for their students, but what better way to ensure the impact of students’ learning experiences than to simulate an experience in the classroom?

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Special Education, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Student HOTS


Be Virtually Inclusive: Do's and Don't For Educators

Posted on August 26, 2020

Be Virtually Inclusive: Do's and Don't For Educators

Schools are rapidly shifting to online learning, at least for now. So that means you are likely to begin the school year much differently than ever before. It’s now time to embrace the season we are in and adapt to new teaching methods. Effective teachers are resilient and therefore capable of creating sustainable online classrooms when they are all in. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that online classrooms may never feel the same as live instruction, but we can do our very best to make our virtual classes come to life.  While planning out your lessons it’s important to consider how you will ensure that your classroom is inclusive and accessible for all learners. While you may be teaching from behind a screen this year, don’t let the screen box in your thinking! Students need to feel a sense of belonging, and they also need to be able to access course materials. What principles of inclusive/ accessible teaching are you drawing upon that will help students feel accepted this year? How will you support them in achieving learning goals while you are teaching them online? Empathy and resilience on the part of both students and instructors will be of the essence. To help guide you toward full inclusion and accessibility with your virtual classroom this week's blog will give you do’s, don’ts, and other simple ways to modify your virtual classroom design to create space that will accommodate learners and inspire them to do their best work. 

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Special Education, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Classroom Management, Student HOTS


Rise Up Educators: Let’s Make Lemonade Out of Lemons!

Posted on August 12, 2020

Rise Up Educators: Let’s Make Lemonade Out of Lemons!

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the new upcoming school year? If you are a school leader, an educator, a parent, or a student, you may be feeling anxious, nervous, or entirely fearful of beginning the school year amidst COVID-19. For some of you, the 2020-2021 school year has just started or is about to start; however, this year, unlike any other year, the stakes are seemingly higher. Currently, many educators are feeling the stress of having to prepare, find tools, and learn how to conduct distance learning via Zoom, Google Hangout, and other online platforms overnight. Understandably, while they are in the process of learning how to use video sharing, chatbox tools, modifying their lessons for the online curriculum, as well as establishing new routines and procedures, many teachers are mentally exhausted. Not only are they coping with the logistics but also dealing with a profound emotional toll. Teachers went from being able to see their students daily to having limited contact with their students while trying to balance their own lives at home with their children who are also going through the same thing. So while most educators struggle to learn how to teach differently on the dime, they are also grieving from missing their students. 

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Classroom Management


Empower Your Classroom: Let's Talk About Assets-Based Instruction

Posted on August 05, 2020

Empower Your Classroom: Let's Talk About Assets-Based Instruction

Let's talk about it! Both assets and deficits have a huge impact on the learning experience. This is the reason both asset-based instruction, and deficit-based instruction have found their way into classroom lesson plans nationwide. Of course, both techniques require teachers to truly KNOW their students' weaknesses, strengths, and more. Who are your students outside of the school walls? What do they love? Where did they come from? What do they fear? All of which are questions that are required with this particular approach. Consequently, teachers benefit a great deal from having quick and intentional conversations with their students. By doing so, you are not only fulfilling the need for students to communicate and articulate their reality but you are also learning more details about who they are. These are important aspects of both asset and deficit-based instruction and they are also what fuels both modes of instruction towards student mastery.

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Classroom Management, Student HOTS, Discipline


The 4 Most Frequent Misconceptions About Culturally Responsive Teaching

Posted on July 22, 2020

The 4 Most Frequent Misconceptions About Culturally Responsive Teaching

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COVID-19 A Wake-Up Call For Equity in Education

Posted on June 24, 2020

COVID-19 A Wake-Up Call For Equity in Education

The United States is often dubbed the greatest country in the world. Despite this, our great nation is battling injustice and inequities. It is important now more than ever for our society to rise and confront long-standing inequities in our nation and our schools. We need effective leadership through quality leadership so we can thrive. Although we have made progress, people in this country are still carrying around fear, anxiety, and even worse, harsh realities of the recent events occurring in our communities, schools, and the country as a whole. This is our nation’s wake up call. Most of the country has been forced or strongly encouraged to remain inside of their homes during the past 3 months due to the effects of a global pandemic with no end in sight. Many are finding themselves thinking about young children who are growing up in an era of mass school shootings, bullying, discrimination and prejudices and now living through COVID-19. Our youth have experienced their school lessons being cut short, unfinished projects abandoned, conversations left pending, graduations canceled, and once in a lifetime experiences stolen. However, these recent unprecedented times have given rise to many facets of inequity in education that can be evaluated, contemplated, and addressed now. Out of this crisis, a new age in education can be ushered in if we are intentional about learning from our past. Social Distancing Creates Equity Issues in America

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Special Education, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Classroom Management, Discipline


What you should know: Equity and Antiracism in Education

Posted on June 17, 2020

What you should know: Equity and Antiracism in Education

With the latest events surrounding race in America, one can not deny that there is a shift in the way that we approach cultural topics in education. Because of technology and the accessibility of racially motivated violence on social media, students everywhere are being affected by the racially heated social construct in America today. Effective educators have the gigantic responsibility to educate at a time like this. However, the best learning is lived experience; The best educators understand that connecting those lived experiences to important concepts (with empathy) is key to effective instruction. People across the nation are shaken to their core and trying to fully comprehend how this impacts their schools, their families, and their understanding of reality and safety. With the effects of COVID-19 still underway, we are living a historical event; and you, as an educator, are the glimmer of hope that some students need to feel safe and understood.

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Special Education, Recruitment, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Discipline


What is Restorative Discipline?

Posted on March 11, 2020

What is Restorative Discipline?

Restorative Justice, also known as Restorative Discipline, in education is a movement that is beginning to gain momentum in School Districts throughout our Country.  Educational Institutions have for many years used a zero-tolerance policy where students were disciplined according to the policy of the School District which had an ideology that “zero-tolerance” was the way to discipline students for infractions rather than changing the behavior of the student. Restorative Discipline helps to create an environment where students make better choices rather than punishing students for their infractions. Restorative school discipline is people-focused. It is based on accepting that positive and supportive relationships are crucial for learning to occur in schools. With restorative discipline, conflicts are addressed by having the students make amends for their infractions. Restorative school discipline utilizes strategies that were developed and validated through decades of behavior management intervention research. It differs from a  behavior management approach because it starts with relationships and interaction perspectives where the focus is on the whole-school organization and culture.

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What is Culturally Responsive Teaching?

Posted on October 02, 2019

What is Culturally Responsive Teaching?

Culturally responsive teaching centers around implementing a student-focused approach to teaching. It uses the power of application by identifying the unique strengths of each child to encourage academic achievement and a sense of belonging in a classroom setting.

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