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


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


What is a Virtual Bitmoji Classroom?

Posted on July 30, 2020

What is a Virtual Bitmoji Classroom?

Are you in search of a fun way to add an animated personal touch to your online classroom? If so, have you ever heard of the virtual Bitmoji Classroom? Most people by now have used Bitmoji's in some way to express feelings or send birthday wishes and other types of greetings and messages to family and friends. How about using the same type of Bitmojo’s in your virtual classroom for back to school? If you’ll be starting off the 2020-2021 year virtually, this is a fun and helpful option for you and your students. The interactive elements of Bitmoji will allow students to click through the Bitmoji to see assignments, documents, and websites. With its ability to digitize the classroom, Virtual Bitmoji classrooms are becoming the next best thing for educators. Educators all over are creating Bitmoji’s for their virtual classrooms that will incorporate animated fun for their students, and in turn, students have a more engaging online classroom experience. With Bitmoji you can even organize the images in your online classroom platform so that they hyperlink out to external sources. This blog will define what a virtual Bitmoji classroom is and provide you with some ideas on where you can go to gather ideas for your virtual classroom. Be sure to check out the link below to watch a youtube video that will show you how to set up your very own Bitmoji Classroom for free. 

Tags : Professional Development, Special Education, Classroom Management, Student HOTS


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


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


Preparation Matters: How Yes, Inc. is Impacting Students on Day one in the Classroom

Posted on July 08, 2020

Preparation Matters: How Yes, Inc. is Impacting Students on Day one in the Classroom

  We sat down with Jamie Payne, a former Pre-K Teacher at SouthWest Prep Academy, to find out how Yes, inc.'s Educator Effectiveness Process (EEP) has helped teachers become an effective teacher on day one. 

Tags : SLI2019, Professional Development, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Teacher Evaluations