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


How will American Schools safely reopen for the 2020-2021 School Year?

Posted on July 16, 2020

How will American Schools safely reopen for the 2020-2021 School Year?

Now that Schools have been given no option to reopen. the districts can choose to reopen using an alternative schedule. The 2020-2021 school year is quickly approaching, and many decisions are being made. Many express their concern and have been pondering the question, how will School Leaders ensure the safety of school personnel and students? With the new school year upon us after being closed due to the Coronavirus, policymakers, school leaders, and community leaders have just added another title to administrators, that of COVID-19 Monitor.  Administrators now have to keep individuals safe from contracting the Coronavirus.  This week’s blog will discuss preventative measures that schools can take and provide some tips for being proactive with your school’s plan. 

Tags : Insider, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Classroom Management


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


The Dilemma Over Block Scheduling Due to Covid-19

Posted on June 10, 2020

The Dilemma Over Block Scheduling Due to Covid-19

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


Social Emotional Learning In The Midst of a Global Crisis.

Posted on June 03, 2020

Social Emotional Learning In The Midst of a Global Crisis.

While the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic emergency and homeschooling continues to challenge families and educators globally, it is more important than ever that Social Emotional Learning (SEL) becomes a focal point in our homes and classrooms. Both educators and parents need to continue to work collaboratively to ensure that learning continues; however, while many are hyper-focused on academics, all educators and families need to also have a strong emphasis on SEL for the well being of all children. SEL plays an important role because it teaches skills such as character education and focuses on themes such as building social skills, acceptance, and anti-bullying. SEL can also help improve academic performance when embedded in regular academics. This type of skill and competency is vital for all learners, especially during our current climate. While adults are coping with the rapidly changing environment and society, we must also remember that children are also rapidly forced to adjust very quickly to sudden changes in their lives such as; their learning environment, their daily routine, perhaps the amount of food available or their living environment. Most of the time children are encountering these huge changes in the absence of clear direction (akin to the majority of adults).

Tags : Professional Development, Student Engagement, Discipline