Schools Re-opening: Back-to-school tips for Educators
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This past year has been hard on everyone. Teachers and students both have had to adapt to changes again and again. With several schools opening for in-person instruction full time, some parents prefer not to send their child in, for various reasons. While some teachers must continue to manage hybrid or remote learning schedules interspersed with a few in-person classes, some others have already adapted to full time in-person classes. At the time of writing this post, the situation varies from state to state, and location to location.
20 Best Books for Teachers in 2021
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Let’s be honest, who does not enjoy a delightful book? The joy of settling down in your favorite nook, along with a perfect cup of coffee and diving into an engaging read is unmatched. Bonus points if it helps you progress in your professional life. Time and again, we have referred to books to answer all our burning questions. Following the complicated year Educators all over the world have faced, books could be a good place to start to get clarity.
7 ways to celebrate Earth Day
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The urgency of bringing about change to fight against climate change is at its peak. The importance of maintaining a healthy natural ecosystem has been highlighted evermore due to the ongoing pandemic. We, at BoardShare, have compiled a list of 7 kid-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day coming up this Thursday, April 22nd.
Extend the Holiday Giving Season
As winter break approaches, students are making sock snowmen and reindeer paintings in art class as teachers are preparing for the mountain of grading that marks the end of the semester. The short days are being crowned with holiday lights as falling snow delights the children. Most students are gleefully anticipating winter break because, for them, winter break means spending days at their grandparents’ house watching Netflix in their pajamas.
For some students, however, the approach of winter break provokes anxious thoughts that gnaw at their stomachs which turn into hunger pains once break starts. For students who are deemed food insecure, their most substantial meal of the day comes from their school’s free or reduced school lunch program - a program to which they do not have access during school breaks.
As a mission-driven organization, BoardShare strongly supports helping improve education outcomes for students across the United States. Well-fed children are a vital prerequisite for our goal, so we are encouraging everyone to extend the holiday giving spirit to food insecure children.
During this season of giving, everyone can help in different ways, whether it is by cooking a meal for a neighbor in need, helping the local food pantry, or donating to an organization that combats food insecurity among school-aged children.
The other day, we received a tech support call from one of our customers, Sharon in Texas. “I’m trying to calibrate my BoardShare device”, he said, “but the calibration screen seems to be aligned to the right. The display cuts off on the right side and doesn’t allow me to complete calibration. I really want this to work Continue reading
A lot has changed since the emergence of Web 2.0 tools and approaches in the mid-2000s. The tide of digital information has led to sweeping changes to learning and teaching but… what are they? More importantly, how do you use these tools to effect change in this new culture of learning? Whether you’re reading this because you are being pressured into learning more about open educational resources (OER) at your school, or have a genuine interest in open pedagogy, there are many benefits to be reaped from participating in today’s online learning community. Continue reading
Implementing technology into schools can sometimes feel like teaching a town how to speak an entirely different language. After a certain amount of years, teachers and administrators get used to a certain way of doing things and it can be hard to break old habits. What’s more, you also must ensure that they continue using the new technology and don’t revert to their old ways after a couple of months. There are many ways that implementation could go wrong. However, by following some simple tips and strategies we’ve put together, you’ll ensure that the most important factors determining success are covered for. Continue reading
Over the last couple of years, school districts have been experiencing pressure from stakeholders to incorporate technology into their teaching and assessment. However, implementing a technology initiative isn’t easy by any means, especially when you’re in charge of an entire school district. There are all sorts of responsibilities involved, such as overcoming financial, technical, and procedural challenges that often require entire teams to overcome. (expand on pain points) The good news is that all these obstacles can be overcome with hard work and a well-structured plan. Continue reading
Have you ever attended a parent-teacher conference? Maybe you’re a seasoned educator who’s had one too many conferences, or maybe you’re a relatively new teacher who’s dreading his/her second one. Regardless of your current situation, it’s never too late (or too early) to start improving your experience as an educator. Conferences can be very challenging for some – especially in schools that are underfunded – but it doesn’t have to be that way. When planned right, parent-teacher conferences can be an enjoyable experience that benefits all parties involved, contributing to the improvement of parent-teacher relations and student performance. Continue reading
Teaching elementary school can be rewarding. If you are a teacher, odds are that you chose to take up this noble profession with the intent of making a positive difference in the lives of kids. Most likely, you see their success -at least partially- as your own. You want them to thrive and use every tool at your disposal to make sure it happens. However, sometimes it can be difficult to find pedagogical techniques for students with special needs. Autism, specifically, remains a mystery for most schools, which often lack the specialists they need to adequately educate children with this condition. So what can you do, as a one person team? Continue reading