Why are my students so silent and what can I do about it?!? How can we invite students to ask questions in ways that actually encourages them to think and inquire about topics they're curious about or need clarification on?
There is so much value in giving students the freedom to explore interesting questions and problems that they're passionate about. How do we do that during remote and hybrid instruction and how to we tamp down our own desires as teachers to have control of the situation. Plus, the value of getting outside and how students can learn while being outside in healthy environments.
We tend to glorify the concept of Rescue teaching or Hero teaching, influencing students through a sudden spectacular action, however learning and growth happen slowly and in small steps through prolonged effort and practice by the students and teacher. Biology and ELD teacher Adriana Lopez talks about the power of Incrementalism in teaching and how to constantly improve student learning by focusing on student improvement, especially during challenging pandemic conditions.
After 3 months of teaching remotely, what have we learned about what works and what doesn't? Physics and Chemistry teacher Rosa Herrera hops on again to talk about a few of the possible remote learning options and which elements work best for student engagement and learning. We also talk about how to balance in person and remote learning for a hybrid model (or pre-recorded/independent learning and videochat synchronous learning if we're stuck being all remote).
The Seed and Soil model has been used to explain why cancer spreads or doesn't in metastasis as well as why species are invasive or not in ecology. Adapting this model to education looks at how much students' internal characteristics (the seed) matters in relation to how much impact the educational system and teacher actions (the soil) have on student success. Physics and Chemistry Teacher Rosa Herrera discusses her own experience as a first generation student and teacher and how her personal characteristics have combined with systemic structures. We also talk about institutional racism and what we can do on an individual level to fight against it.
The term "Remote Learning" becomes suddenly relevant with first grade teacher Melissa Williams while we all practice social distancing, stay on quarantine, and try to avoid spreading coronavirus! Yikes! Let's make the best of this situation!
How do we make Art relevant to real world applications and integrate it into other academic subjects? Art and Design teacher Eleni Katsaros discusses how to use art to complement other subjects and how she builds other academic skills into her art classes.