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Teachers Around the World Tell Us Reopening Is Tough,but Joyful

In countries where infection rates have stabilized, schools are reopening. When we asked how that’s going, over 600 teachers responded.

It was Dr Anthony Fauci who pushed back, in the early days of the pandemic, on the understandable desire for timelines: “You don’t make the timeline, the virus makes the timeline,” he noted tersely, in response to a reporter's question. The implications of that simple statement have become clearer as the crisis drags on, with no definitive end in sight.

A Guide to Equity and Antiracism for Educators

Teachers shaken by recent events and wondering how to work for change in our society and schools can start with these lesson plans, videos, and other resources.

Recent events have shaken me to my core, and the nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd suggest that people across the country are similarly shaken.

Preschoolers Prefer Books Rich in Whys

Want to increase a young child’s motivation to read? Tap into their natural curiosity, a new study finds.

“What are antennae used for, Daddy?”

We’re sitting cosily on the couch reading a picture book, and my 5-year-old son is quick to spot animal features that he doesn’t understand—a giraffe’s neck, a turtle’s shell. And ants’ antennae. I mimic antennae on my head with my fingers—a natural, almost instinctive gesture—and explain to him that they’re sometimes called feelers and they help ants touch and smell what’s around them, especially food.

Teaching Target Language Vocabulary With Micro Field Trips

For both English learners and world language students, getting out of the classroom can make learning new words more engaging.

Task-based language teaching, the practice of learning through student-centred meaningful tasks, makes a target language come alive for students both in and outside the classroom. Using audio and visuals in any literacy classroom is important, particularly when working with English language learners, and research from the National Reading Technical Assistance Center shows that students learn target language vocabulary more effectively when they engage with it in a variety of ways.

Getting Ready to Teach Next Year

There’s a lot of uncertainty about the 2020–21 school year, but planning for a mix of remote and in-person instruction will help educators be ready.

Covid-19 has made the 2019–20 school year one we will never forget. With no notice or preparation, teachers were forced to pivot to online teaching. They have performed heroically. This isn’t just my assessment—it’s the consensus of the many students who have shared with me their experience learning from home via technology.

These students—and their teachers whom I’ve also interviewed over the last six weeks—are far less sanguine about online learning, however, with real concerns about its quality and effectiveness.