Though remote learning has brought many challenges, some students seem to be thriving in the new circumstances. What can we learn from them?
All school year, Monique Woodard’s seventh period, her last class of the day, has been her hardest. “I feel like I don't know what to do with them,” she said of her middle school science class when Edutopia first talked to her back in the fall. One boy in particular, the “class clown,” was a persistent challenge, and his behaviour influenced his 23 peers, 15 of whom are boys.
Students with academic challenges benefit from these simple strategies as they develop confidence using the target language.
It is unsurprising that students who face academic challenges may feel overwhelmed in world language classrooms, which require all learners to leave their comfort zones and embrace something new. Those who grapple with processing issues or memory weaknesses require additional assistance in order to successfully acquire a new language. However, this additional assistance should not mean resorting to English—it is possible to maintain the target language while meeting all students’ needs.
Tips for school leaders seeking to foster an environment that supports, engages, and motivates teachers.
Years ago, a new teacher I was mentoring up and left the profession after two years. She was brilliant, enthusiastic, and well-loved by colleagues, students, and families, and she inspired me to write the book Why Great Teachers Quit and How We Might Stop the Exodus.
With each day that I work with teachers, I am more convinced that it is vital to the future of public education that we make teaching a more sustainable, humane profession.
Participants in a program on culturally responsive teaching practices share what they’ve learned about themselves—and how their teaching has changed as a result.