It’s Star Wars Day. May the Fourth be with you! Hopefully, we’ll all have a healthier republic in the months to come.
About this time each year in my high school English courses, I get encouraged listening to my students engage in debate and discussion activities. Those lively discussions are one of the things I’ve missed most due to the stay-at-home restrictions. That got me thinking about resources that I’ve found most helpful for teaching students about good, bad, and ugly approaches to arguable topics.
The important question that most of the social emotional discussions have surfaced is, “How do we appropriately support and coach struggling students with the social emotional dimensions of learning and growing?” This is a more complex question than it might initially seem.
For educators, Yuval Levin’s The Fractured Republic can help us think better about unhelpful extremes and unhelpful mixes of over-centralization and hyper-individualism.
“What are the most important values to consider for guiding one through crisis times and toward long-term flourishing?” I brainstormed that synthesis prompt this week as I was considering what we’re not testing in the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam this year due to the COVID-19 crisis. As a teacher, I’m working onContinue reading “Addendum #6: Advanced Placement English Thinking Is Highly Relevant to Emergency Teaching, Real Life, and the Pursuit of Long-term Flourishing”
New and veteran teachers need workable methods for effective productivity during crisis and non-crisis times.
As I’m talking with colleagues, several of us are grateful for the Advanced Placement Online Classes and Review Sessions. These resources are helpful for our emergency remote teaching and learning conditions, but they’re also important as a reminder and a model of what coherent and effective curriculum and instruction can be. As an experienced teacherContinue reading “Addendum #5: A Way to Use College Board AP Review Videos + Interactive Lecture Strategy = A Step Toward Effective Curriculum and Instruction Coherency”
How J.R.R. Tolkien’s notion of eucatastrophe and his collaboration with the Inklings can offer encouragement and hope in our times of crisis.
As my seniors finish their reading and response work with Octavia Butler’s Kindred this week, I’ve especially appreciated the spot for private comments on student postings in Google Classroom. With the platform and with student postings, I can get the gist of how students are reading and thinking about these last parts of the novel,Continue reading “Addendum #4: Literature + Reader-Response Questions + Google Classroom Can Restore Some Sense of Relationship”
Project-Based Learning advocate A.J. Julian shares good and timely counsel as he revises what he and other educators have been calling “distance learning” or “online learning” in “This Is Not Distance or Online Learning.” He rightfully clarifies that what we’re doing is actually “emergency remote learning.” The distinction is helpful and practical for guiding teachers,Continue reading “Addendum #3: Arguing for Clarity and Using MacGuyver Strategies: “Emergency Remote Learning” Conditions During COVID-19”