Sat.Jun 27, 2020

Homework in a McDonald’s parking lot: Inside one mother’s fight to help her kids get an education during coronavirus

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Terri Johnson willed her body not to show signs of impatience. She had been sitting in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Greenville, Mississippi, for more than an hour, so her oldest child, Kentiona, could connect to the building’s Wi-Fi, something they didn’t have at home. Johnson didn’t want her daughter to feel rushed. Jakayla concentrates on her last assignment of the school year. Credit: Terri Johnson. Kentiona, 16, was in the passenger seat using the car’s dashboard as a makeshift desk.

When Schools Think More About Data Than Understanding

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Teaching is easy. Teaching well is very, very hard to do day in and day out, especially in the schools that need it most. The post When Schools Think More About Data Than Understanding appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Equity Terry Heick

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A semester of trauma, sickness and death at a New York school

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By April, Odalys Garate, 18, was supposed to have made it through the hard part. She, her mother and her two older sisters ? everyone she lives with ? had all recovered from Covid-19. She had made it through the fevers, coughing fits and the night she had so much trouble breathing that her mom, in a panic, sobbed by her side. But in many ways, Garate still felt debilitatingly sick. . This story also appeared in HuffPost.

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 214 Let’s Talk About Rooting Out Anti-Black Racism In Our Schools

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 214 Let’s Talk About Rooting Out Anti-Black Racism In Our Schools Drew Perkins talks with Tyrone Howard, professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, director of the university’s Black Male Institute as well as director of the UCLA Pritzker Center for […]. The post The TeachThought Podcast Ep.

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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

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When both parents are on the front lines, who’s taking care of the kids?

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Tamiesha and Ernest Parris, 36 and 38, met on the job six years ago. Both nurses at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City, they dated in secret for years. Ernest Parris works in the post-operative department and Tamiesha Parris works in the ICU. She described her husband as laid back, and herself as very type-A. This story also appeared in HuffPost. “We We actually probably couldn’t be [more] opposite, but, yin and yang,” she said. Their daughter, Presley, is 4.

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Grandparents raising grandchildren under lockdown: When the protectors are the most vulnerable

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In their last trip before quarantining for coronavirus, Joanne H. Clough takes her daughter, Diane Roznowski, 23, and granddaughter, Carter Gens, 4, to visit Clough’s brother near Juneau, Alaska, in March 2020. Credit: Photo courtesy of Joanne Clough. When her 22-year-old daughter died of an opioid overdose, Joanne H. Clough swooped in to raise her granddaughter, Carter, then 9 months old.

Simple Metacognitive Assessment Hack During Distance Learning

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As the summer approached I became more and more conflicted as to how to assess my students. Many options existed including timed, self grading quizzes in Google Forms, video assessments via FlipGrid , etc. To simplify things, I elected to use a Google Doc template for all assessments where students completed responses and calculations and then shared the doc with me for assessment.

‘It’s really hard to parent from behind bars’

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This winter, before the pandemic changed everything, Brittany Jefferson spent weekdays at a call center, putting in hours through a work release program as she neared the end of a four-year stint in prison. About once a week, after Brittany finished work, Christine Zuniga, her kids’ grandmother, would be waiting outside with Victoria, 13, and Alejandra, 6. Brittany Jefferson says one of the hardest things about being incarcerated is not being around to help her children with their education.

Project-based Learning: Tools and Apps for Teachers

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With the help of technology, a wide range of learning trends have seen the light (e.g., mobile learning, blended learning, flipped learning, etc). Other learning trends that were prevalent.read more. 2020 project based learning

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The ‘Katrina-to-Covid Class’: How the coronavirus era affects New Orleans students more acutely

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Satoriya Lambert was still a toddler when Hurricane Katrina struck her hometown. After the levees burst open, her family carried Satoriya to a waiting car on higher ground and they fled the flooded city. This story also appeared in HuffPost. Satoriya is now 18. Last month, because of coronavirus restrictions, she was allowed to bring exactly three family members to her 15-minute, individualized, graduation ceremony from Walter L. Cohen College Prep.

Title Capitalization Made Easy – Just Copy and Paste

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Title Capitalization Rules Are Confusing I’ve always struggled with capitalizing titles. I’m pretty sure I remember being taught to capitalize the first word, last word, and important words (whatever that means), after that I have no idea what to do. I’ve read that you shouldn’t capitalize prepositions or conjunctions, BUT… If you’re using the Chicago. Read more. The post Title Capitalization Made Easy – Just Copy and Paste appeared first on Nick's Picks For Educational Technology.

Schools provide stability for refugees. Covid-19 upended that

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When the Covid-19 pandemic forced schools to pivot to remote learning, Nawar Almadani and her family weren’t sure what they’d do. Her three kids were enrolled in middle and elementary school; she was working toward her GED. They didn’t own a laptop, and even when they got two from school — one from the city for the kids, the other from Almadani’s program — they had to share. This story also appeared in HuffPost.

As coronavirus ravaged Indian Country, the federal government failed its schools

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Samantha Honani’s son hasn’t completed a school assignment in months. After his high school on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona shut down in March, he finished about three weeks of distance learning via his family’s computer. Then, in April, he stopped hearing from his teachers. Caught up in the tumult of Covid-19 and the struggles of sharing one computer with subpar internet, academics faded to an afterthought, Honani said. This story also appeared in HuffPost.

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