A Friend’s Podcast & What it Means to Me: Misrepresented

Source: kahaani.io Recently a friend of mine started a podcast that challenges how we think about South Asia in world history. Typically, I would simply subscribe to a new podcast, listen to it during my commute, and go on with my day. However, this podcast is especially significant to me so I wanted to share … Continue reading A Friend’s Podcast & What it Means to Me: Misrepresented

Students Email Parents with Updates

You made it through the first month of school...there’s much to celebrate! You’ve memorized and practiced how to pronounce a long list of names, learned a bit of each student’s life story (or at least their interests and hobbies), and you’ve started to make note of individual strengths and challenges. Photo by Julia M Cameron from Pexels It’s … Continue reading Students Email Parents with Updates

Make These Shifts Permanent: 5 Lessons from Teaching During a Global Pandemic

Photo by Edward Jenner on Pexels.com Teaching during a global pandemic has been the most challenging experience of our professional lives. As we pass the first anniversary of schools shifting to hybrid or remote instruction, it’s worth appreciating what we have accomplished through many rounds of trials and tribulations. The silver lining of this tumultuous … Continue reading Make These Shifts Permanent: 5 Lessons from Teaching During a Global Pandemic

A Special Thanks to 2020 Students

Source: Unsplash I normally write a reflection at the end of the school year. However, given everything that has happened in 2020, I wanted to take a moment to breathe, reflect, and appreciate the incredible resilience our students have shown this past semester. Below are just a few of the experiences I’ve had since August … Continue reading A Special Thanks to 2020 Students

6 Scaffolding Strategies & 16 tools to implement them during Remote Learning

I wish I could register every moment of confusion in my student’s eyes, peek over their shoulder at the passage they’re struggling with, and simply pull up a chair next to a student that needs help. Instead, I’m scanning 25 miniature faces while squinting at tiny boxes of screens and frantically giving feedback as quickly … Continue reading 6 Scaffolding Strategies & 16 tools to implement them during Remote Learning

9 Ideas to Help Plan for Hybrid A/B Schedules

The start of every school year is filled with exciting beginnings and opportunities to try new activities & lessons. This year is different. Anxiety levels have reached unprecedented levels as we try to make plans that will quickly change depending on the spread of COVID in their communities. Many districts have chosen to start the school … Continue reading 9 Ideas to Help Plan for Hybrid A/B Schedules

3 Tips to Make Teaching via Videoconferencing more Collaborative & Engaging

Trying to transition a traditional curriculum to an online setting can be overwhelming especially as we juggle taking care of our own families. The biggest struggle for me has been feeling a constant state of dissatisfaction because I feel like I'm not reaching every student; this has led to a lot of trial & error. … Continue reading 3 Tips to Make Teaching via Videoconferencing more Collaborative & Engaging

5 Ideas from ICE & DCSS 2019

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend two excellent conferences ICE, which helps teachers learn about edtech, and DCSS which focuses on improving Social Studies instruction. Here were some a few of my takeaways from both conferences: #1 Challenge students to ask more questions and solve real problems (via @BusEdCrev , inspired by @joykirr)  Students need … Continue reading 5 Ideas from ICE & DCSS 2019