The Washington Post Provides the Federal Document Under Review Begin here and see how some of these bullet points would play out in your school district. The interim guidance for schools and camps begins on page 4. Many of the nation's teachers are already delivering remote instruction as indicated under Phase 1. Instructions for Phase … Continue reading Can Schools Manage Reopening?
(It's now a project-based art lesson with a name!) On April 27, 2020, I wrote about the special hold the word umwelt has had on me since 8th grade. Umwelt comes from German and essentially translates to how one experiences a situation from where one stands. I learned the word from my art and social studies … Continue reading Follow-up to What is Umwelt?
Beth Topinka, a NJ-based science teacher, posted a link today to a site called Umwelt. The video was lovely; it was the word umwelt which conjured memories for me. Once understood, the word umwelt etched an impact to the point that I have used the concept to help students understand why and how current events … Continue reading What is Umwelt?
Twenty-five days ago, where I live, remote learning began as a two-week prospect. Planning for ten days of instruction essentially involved packets of work to keep kids treading academic water until schools reopened. We're beyond that now; and the evolution of remote learning has been inspiring and frustrating for everyone. As someone aptly wrote, most … Continue reading Why Is Remote Learning a Challenge?
My Dad was a talented and sought after auto mechanic; or as he would tell people: I'm an MD--a Motor Doctor. And that he was. There wasn't a car he couldn't fix, even if he had to make a part for a vehicle. When it came time to learn to drive, my Dad insisted I … Continue reading Teachers Shifting Gears
Rich Czyz, who is behind the blog 4 O'Clock Faculty, posed a question today. (Remember: Begin With a Question!) What would kids be doing now if they weren't being assigned school work? First, a story. Two weeks before the start of 3rd grade, my youngest announced: By the way, I am not going back to … Continue reading Answering a Question
Despite having a supervising teacher, and might I add two master teachers, who really didn't like children, the rest of my time as an education major at SUNY-Geneseo was rich; and many of the lessons I learned there served me well and are coming back into fashion. If there is one thing we can say … Continue reading Perspective (continued)
If there has been a constant in my life, it has been children and education. I began baby-sitting at the age of 12; started working as an arts and crafts instructor at 14, and in high school became president of my high school’s chapter of Future Teachers of America (FTA). Our district’s FTA club provided … Continue reading Some Perspective
Call me Ishmael; oh no, wait. Just call me a digital immigrant who survived the harrowing experience of setting up this "easy" website and blog. Daughter 1: Sure, I can help you with that. No problem. Some time shortly after that, I think they changed this since I last used it. Daughter 2: Mom, just … Continue reading Phew; I did it!