The Flipped Classroom Model: What It Is And How It Works

Posted on September 16, 2020

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.

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


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


Let's Get Moving!: 20 Tools for Effective Online Physical Education

Posted on August 19, 2020

Let's Get Moving!: 20 Tools for Effective Online Physical Education

Online physical education may seem like an odd concept for some parents and even educators! How does online physical education work? The truth is online physical education has found its way into many virtual schools around the world, even before the beginning of the recent pandemic! Interestingly enough, in combination with reliable technology, PE Coaches have found innovative ways to get kids moving over the years! In fact, a Health and Physical Education teacher at EdOptions Academy Virtual School talks about how physical education works in his virtual gym. One thing he mentions is essential for effective online Physical Education is allowing students to explore, attempt, and discover new forms of movement that they enjoy, as well as establishing physical activity as a positive experience. One other important element in physical education he mentions is showing all students the joy of movement and taking care of one’s body. He states, “Exercise is critical to good health, relaxation, and stress management—plus it’s just fun!”.

Tags : Professional Development, Student Engagement, Differentiation


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


The 4 Most Frequent Misconceptions About Culturally Responsive Teaching

Posted on July 22, 2020

The 4 Most Frequent Misconceptions About Culturally Responsive Teaching

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Differentiation, Student HOTS


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 Genius Hour? Let's Talk About Self Directed Learning

Posted on May 20, 2020

What is Genius Hour? Let's Talk About Self Directed Learning

Without a doubt personal and meaningful learning has the ability to create lasting impressions in education. Beyond the rigid test-driven climate of most schools today, Genius hour gives students space to learn and achieve knowledge with little influence, rules, or boundaries. This type of less organized, less formal, and definitely far from organized learning is very different from what we are often accustomed to. In fact, organized learning is the opposite of what Genius hour is. Genius hour is a planned period of time where students are allotted the space, resources, and the audience to create and imagine freely while learning. It is characterized by its lack of specific rules and dependence on students’ intrinsic motivators. It is learning that is centered around the students and their interests. This blog will explore Genius hour and the assumption that if given time and space students will achieve mastery through self-directed learning while creating purposeful and personal connections to their own creations. 

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


What is Blended Learning?: The Online Learning Approach

Posted on April 15, 2020

What is Blended Learning?: The Online Learning Approach

New teaching methods have evolved to keep up with the times and have adapted by integrating technology to remain current with new learning models. Blended learning is a product of our rapidly changing learning environment. While technology shows no sign of letting up, it is all-the-more reason to embrace it for the advantages it brings! Blended Learning is a mixture of learning methods that incorporate multiple teaching modals–most frequently eLearning and traditional face-to-face learning according to the way that it is defined on TeachThought. While education experts continue to debate the efficacy of this hybrid learning, its very existence has challenged them to re-evaluate not just technology’s place in (and out of) the classroom, but also how to reach and teach students more effectively.

Tags : Student Engagement, Differentiation, Classroom Management, Discipline


Dare to Differentiate: The Ultimate Guide to Differentiation

Posted on October 16, 2019

Dare to Differentiate: The Ultimate Guide to Differentiation

Differentiation begins when you create your lesson plan and continues during the implementation of that lesson in the classroom. Knowing the unique capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses of all of your students are the key to implementing differentiation strategies in a way that maximizes classroom learning.

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