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!
Mission Impossible? You Can Pivot: Make An Impact Where You Are
Due to last week’s catastrophic winter storm in Texas, we were unable to post last week, but if you are just tuning in, we are on the final installment of our Mission Impossible blog series. In this series, we celebrate Black History and share stories about people who have overcome challenges or faced feelings about a mission they thought impossible.
Mission Impossible?: Make an Impact Where you Are!
Of the many firsts that we have lived through this year, Yes, Inc. is kicking off its Mission Impossible blog to celebrate people who have defeated all odds while creating history or have shattered barriers in their lifetime. Inspiration has a resounding effect on people! They thrive on being inspired and often demonstrate its impact by stepping out of their comfort zone and challenging the “line” themselves. As educators, it is pertinent that we embrace education that challenges the mold, encourages next year's trendsetters, and wages war on the “ordinary.”
Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Student HOTS, Appreciation, Black History Month
“So You’re Motivated, Now What?”
In case you missed last week’s blog, we continued our “So What. Now What?” series and talked about six ways to pivot. This week is the final installment of this series, but it is one that surely will not disappoint! Today’s blog will focus on inspiration and motivation that teachers can use from some of the greatest moments that made history last week. During President Biden and Vice President Harris’s inauguration, the powerful and awe-inspiring poem ‘The Hill We Climb’ read aloud and performed during the nation’s inauguration’s youngest and first-ever youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman. At a young age, Amanda was encouraged by her mother, an English teacher, to begin writing poems to help her find her voice and cope with a speech impediment. Amanda is an example of a young aspiring woman who maintains a ‘So what? Now, What” mentality.
Why Educators Should Know Rita Pierson
When faced with the obstacles that often present themselves in a classroom environment, teachers everywhere have a common ground. The truth is, they know that teaching is so much more than just lesson plans, curriculum, and classroom management. When done effectively, all of the elements of teaching come together much smoother if students’ basic needs are met. For these reasons, knowing your students is very important to their success in the classroom. We all have experienced the impact of a passionate educator in our lives. There are specific qualities in a great teacher and leader that help these educators have the ability to reach into students and really understand their needs and begin to meet them. Often teachers run into challenges, especially when those needs are neglected at home. This blog will introduce you to Rita Pierson, a professional educator that has caused a rift in education through her passion for teaching and her leadership as she advocated for school and community involvement.
The Threats within the Household: A Deep Dive into Domestic Abuse & COVID-19
In the early stages of the COVID-19 epidemic, teachers and school administrators had concerns about the safety of some students in their own homes. Unfortunately, the facts have concluded that their concerns were valid. Quarantines and lockdowns have meant that students at risk of abuse are left alone with abusive loved ones for prolonged continuous periods. The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to a restructuring of the public services that provide support for people experiencing domestic violence. Due to the many obstacles that were introduced to families during the onset of the virus such as health concerns, financial challenges, and even psychological stress, a large spike in domestic violence within the household has been very apparent. This, in turn, can prove very detrimental to families everywhere and challenge educators to take steps to ensure the student environment is conducive to learning.
Read, Lead, Succeed! The Benefits Of Being A Daily Reader!
One of America’s former presidents Harry S. Truman once proclaimed that “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Our Agency, YES, INC. believes that reading is an important key to be effective. One of the great things our CEO encourages us all to do each day is to devote time to reading daily. You may find that the more you read the more engaged in life, work, and other ventures you will be. So, teachers, parents, and scholars, it’s time to check in with you on your reading habits! With the huge spike in remote work and online social media, you may have realized that your daily reading habits center around tweets and Facebook updates. When was the last time you submerged yourself in a great book whether it be for work or pleasure? As life continues to change, it’s more important now than ever to make sure you make time to read.
The Flipped Classroom Model: What It Is And How It Works
What is a Flipped Classroom? The Flipped Classroom is an alternative model of instruction that is gaining attention from educators. According to The Flipped Learning Network, This pedagogical approach moves instruction from a group learning space to an individual learning space. This approach differs from the traditional model of instruction because it reverses the process of instruction and transforms learning into an interactive learning environment that supports active learning.
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?
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.