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Let’s explore two of my favorite edtech tools, Lumio and Canva EDU, and see how they can be combined to create educational magic. I’ll explain what each tool does first. Canva EDU Back in 2014, when I first started teaching, I was looking for a poster-creation tool online. A colleague recommended Canva to me. You can do so much here. As I dug deeper into Canva that semester, I discovered it contains a lot of features including social media posts, flyers, and infographics. You can create a free educator account at Canva if you’re a practicing teacher. It’s amazing. Here’s what you can do with Canva for EDU: Assignments A class with classwork Plan ...
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Miss Montel was excited about her 4 th -grade class’s visit to the zoo—her first field trip!—and so were her students. She was a little nervous, but she had experienced support from her teaching assistant and two parents. At the zoo, they broke the students into three groups headed by an adult, reminding the students to stay with their group at all times. Unfortunately, one student in Miss Montel’s group lingered too long at the monkey house. The group had moved on, and he had to run to catch up—but he tripped on a cobblestone, stumbled down a short embankment, and broke his finger. Two weeks later, Miss Montel learned that the boy’s parents were suing her ...
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During your teacher preparation program, you were probably introduced to the term reflection . It’s not a new concept in education; it’s been researched and investigated since the advent of teacher preparation programs (Schön, 1983). However, as you make the transition to your own classroom, your reflection on your classroom practice will undoubtedly shape your teaching career. Teaching is complex work with both significant challenges and great rewards. Developing yourself as a new reflective practitioner will be critical for a long and successful career in education. Reflective teachers are effective teachers because they know what and how they are going ...
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On a Friday afternoon in October 2019, I received a text message from Ramos (pseudonym used in my study), one of my research participants, while waiting at a tire rotation service. The message says: “Dr. Pu, you should check out this.” I clicked on the link in the message and was taken to a podcast hosted by a Latina professor. Ramos was one of her podcast guests. “Ramos wanted me to hear the podcast?” I said to myself and clicked Play. In the podcast, Ramos and another Latino student were sharing their experiences and journeys in college and graduate school. His story, a rather familiar one, took me back to the time I was interviewing him. Near the end of the ...
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For many students, Mothers' and Fathers' Day will be different this year. It’s been estimated that more than 167,000 U.S. children have lost a parent or caregiver to Covid since the beginning of the pandemic. Mothers' and Fathers' Day have always had the potential to trigger grief responses in children who have lost a parent/caregiver. This year, with more children grieving and many experiencing greater anxiety generally, it is especially important for educators to be mindful of the ways they introduce activities about Mothers' and Fathers' Day. What Educators Can Do Educators may know of students who have experienced the death of a parent/caregiver. ...
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4 Strategies to Motivate and Encourage Beginning Teachers Do you ever think about why you decided to teach in the first place? Each day is a new day, and remembering your first motivation to become a teacher fuels the drive and motivation to help our students succeed. Use that motivation and inspiration to drive instruction and allow the students in your classroom to thrive. On the days that seem tougher than most, perhaps one of these strategies will work for you to stop and remember WHY you made the right choice to become a classroom teacher. Every year, too many teachers close their doors and never return to the classroom, and it’s time ...
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Today’s blogger is Erinn Kate Larsen, an Intervention Specialist at a middle school in Ohio. Her article with Shawn DiNarda Watters, “Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma-Informed Schools,” appears in the April 2022 issue of the Kappa Delta Pi Record. Get free access to the article through the month of May. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are important for educators to understand so that they can be more empathetic and responsive to their students’ experiences. The ACEs inventory (Felitti et al., 1998), which appears in my article in the KDP Record, identifies 10 childhood experiences that impact an individual’s development. My own ...
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Technology is a powerful tool for promoting teaching and learning at any grade level. However, like other educational tools, teachers can use technology inappropriately. What questions should teachers ask themselves as they consider using technology in their classroom? What resources support student learning? This article provides five tips and various resources for teachers’ effective use of technology in their classrooms. Use technology purposefully. The primary tip to guide your practice is to use technology for intentional purposes, not for “technology’s sake” (NAEYC & Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media Center, 2012). ...
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Bobby walked into my class, a student I will never forget. He had long hair and didn’t look me in the face. He didn’t say hello; he didn’t say good morning; he simply walked in, picked a chair in the shadows at the back of the classroom, and sat alone. At the time, he was a sixth grader, new to the middle school world. I hadn’t heard a peep from him since the beginning of class and, about 30 minutes in, we began a game of Kahoot. To my surprise, the quiet, unsocial Bobby decided that he did not like to lose. I was standing with one set of desks to my right, three rows of three, and another set to my left, again three rows of three. Suddenly I hear, “I HATE ...
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Teaching in an urban setting can offer a diverse range of valuable practices and perspectives, and new teachers who begin working in urban areas are twice as likely to be assigned to high-poverty, low-performing schools as more experienced teachers (Bolich, 2001). The National Council for Behavioral Health reported that 35% of urban youth exposed to community violence develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Sexual assault, physical assault, and witnessing domestic violence are the three most prevalent stressors in youth. With little to no experience dealing with students, let alone those with traumatic experiences, new teachers can be overwhelmed by the enormity ...
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Today’s bloggers are Carl A. Grant and Paul D. Grant. Their article, “A Failure to Educate: January 6, 2021, and the Banality of Evil,” is in the current issue of The Educational Forum . It is available free for the month of April. Few events in recent American history have affected the American psyche as January 6, 2021. On that day, a mob of more than 2,000 supporters of President Donald J. Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D. C. in an attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election by disrupting the joint session of Congress assembled to count electoral votes and certify the election of Joseph Biden as president. “Not since ...
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“He’s a boy. He doesn’t like to read.” I cannot count how many times I have heard this statement, or something similar. Research reveals that girls outperform boys on reading achievement tests. For example, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) shows that fourth-grade boys’ average scaled score is lower than their female peers (National Center for Education Statistics, 2015). Enjoying the act of reading typically increases one’s reading volume, and the amount that one reads correlates with reading achievement. Gambrell (2015) states, “The more students read, the better readers they become” (p. 259). We must not overlook the gender achievement ...
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By Lindsey Acton, KDP Director of New Teacher Member Experience I went to dinner with some friends last night—some who are teachers and some who are not, but all who are supporters of my husband and me, and therefore of teachers everywhere. This was the first time we’ve seen many of them in a good while because of COVID-19 hitting our homes, and because life . . . is life. It was the first time I’ve been able to talk with them about my decision to leave the classroom and what I do here at KDP. Naturally, as it often does in this current climate, the conversation turned to why teachers are leaving. T he friend at the table who is also a teacher really ...
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Teachers, particularly those working in schools in high poverty areas, are often faced with situations that affect job expectations. The COVID-19 pandemic required teachers to plan and prepare instruction quickly to help students continue learning remotely, thereby increasing teacher anxiety. In this article, we will focus on two situations of concern, alleviating anxiety and secondary trauma , and how to reduce them. As teachers, we often experience secondary trauma, as caregivers who listen to students’ external challenges. COVID-19 has heightened many of the issues that students are currently facing, in turn increasing teacher’s experience to secondary ...
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Relationships bind us as humans. They motivate us to be our best selves and often allow us to see even greater possibilities. Alone we may accomplish what we set out to do, but together we can accomplish even more. But educators are usually alone, teaching in a classroom with very few support systems in place. Becoming a teacher of children is a calling. It is all too often a job entailing intense daily work, from preparing lesson plans to instituting effective classroom management, while accounting for a community of diverse learners and staying informed about the latest in the field to inform one’s practice. These efforts often go unnoticed, and shows of gratitude ...
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What do you think of when you hear the word “home”? Most people equate “home” with a traditional house on its own plot of land, owned by the occupants: the proverbial American Dream. But “home” has a much broader meaning than owning a house. “Home” is a more abstract concept representing the emotional feeling of where one lives, whether it’s a traditional house, a tiny house, an apartment, a mobile home, a nursing home, or even a dorm room. And “home” can be a space that someone owns or is buying, or one that is rented. We want to encourage elementary educators to broaden their understanding of “home” by incorporating more information about apartments into ...
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The science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) pipeline is too narrow because it lacks racial diversity. Black workers make up just 9 percent of the STEM workforce, despite making up over 13 percent of the population. Many of the largest “leaks” in the pipeline occur in middle and high school when specialization in math and science courses begin to occur. Indeed, racial inequities in math performance, advanced course-work, and extracurricular activities can cause Black students to prematurely exit the STEM pipeline, despite high levels of interest in STEM. At the same time, the school-to-prison pipeline has been swelling because of racial disproportionality ...
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During my career as a high school English teacher in North Carolina, I directed most of my energy toward daily classroom work with students. Like other educators, planning and delivering lessons, assessing student work, attending meetings, and other teaching responsibilities dominated my time. Despite the gravity-like pull of the classroom, I also sought to keep one eye on political developments that affected public schools and the communities these schools serve. I watched anxiously as legislators in my state removed advanced degree pay and career status for teachers, slashed corporate tax rates to starve public schools of much-needed funding, and repeatedly ...
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Several years ago on a Tuesday night, I received a phone call that would forever change the way I teach. My department chair, Mrs. Karnes (names are changed), called to let me know Alexander was killed in a motorcycle accident. Mrs. Karnes was aware I had known Alex as a student since before his freshman year, and now he was a senior. Mrs. Karnes advised me that, in the morning, my classroom would be the place for students to gather to begin the mourning and grieving process. Well before the first hour of the day, dozens of students that I had in class, as well as others who were friends of Alexander, had come to my classroom to cry, wonder, and try to figure ...
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Being a teacher and loving being a teacher might be the two most complex sets of emotions I’ve ever felt. You, too? On the days they intersect, it’s great, right? On the days you love being a teacher, and on the days that you don’t feel like the system is sucking you in, and on the days that your teaching is firing from all cylinders, it’s like magic. It feels so good. But we all know that being a teacher and loving being a teacher are different, don’t we? We all know that you can be something and not love it every day. We all know that you can be something and love only certain parts of it. And we all know that you can love kids, love teaching, and sometimes ...
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