Make Teacher Prep Practical, Not Theoretical is the headline of my latest Education Week column. Ready teachers for the rigors of the classroom—how to plan lessons, differentiate instruction, and all the elements of educating students. Here are some ...
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  1. “Make Teacher Prep Practical, Not Theoretical”
  2. Ed Tech Digest
  3. A Look Back: 11 “Today In History” Sites
  4. Resources For Talking With Students About The Buffalo Murders & “Great Replacement Theory”
  5. Sunday’s New Articles On School Reopenings
  6. More Recent Articles

“Make Teacher Prep Practical, Not Theoretical”

Make Teacher Prep Practical, Not Theoretical is the headline of my latest Education Week column.

Ready teachers for the rigors of the classroom—how to plan lessons, differentiate instruction, and all the elements of educating students.

Here are some excerpts:

     

Ed Tech Digest

 

Ten years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech, including some Web 2.0 apps.

You might also be interested in THE BEST ED TECH RESOURCES OF 2021 – PART ONE, as well as checking out all my edtech resources.

Here are this week’s choices:

Explordle, despite its name, is not a Wordle-ripoff. It’s a Geography game that shows you a short video and then provides you with a few choices. Based on what you saw, you have to pick the correct place where the video was made. I’m adding it to THE BEST TOOLS FOR TAKING STUDENTS “AROUND THE WORLD” and to The Best Online Geography Games.

Annotate PDFs With Lumin PDF – Free for Teachers is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to The Best Applications For Annotating Websites.

Three Ways to Create Simple Portfolio Websites is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Developing Student Portfolios.

By Teacher Request: 4 Cool New Ways to Connect and Engage With Students is from Zoom.

I’m adding this next tweet to

     

A Look Back: 11 “Today In History” Sites

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I originally published The Best “Today In History” Sites in 2008, and have been revising and updating it since that time.

It includes sites like BBC’s On This Day, The History Channel: This Day In History and nine others.

Visit the “Best” list to check them all out, and let me know what I’m missing!

     

Resources For Talking With Students About The Buffalo Murders & “Great Replacement Theory”

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The killings in Buffalo this weekend by a white supremacist citing “Great Replacement Theory” is likely to be on the minds of many of our students tomorrow.

Here are some resources that might help teachers plan what to do:

It’s worth beginning by looking at three Facing History resources:

Teaching in the Wake of Violence

Reflecting on the New Zealand Mosque Attacks

Explainer: White Nationalism

 

There are many useful resources at New & Revised: A Collection Of Advice On Talking To Students About Race & Racism and at The Best Resources On Talking With Children About Tragedies.

Also, check out the Anti-Defamation League’s The Horrific Mass Shooting in Buffalo: How to Talk with Young People.

 

Here are some materials on “Great Replacement Theory,” which was cited by the killer in his online rantings:

Buffalo suspect allegedly inspired by racist theory fueling global carnage is from The Washington Post.

The roots of the ‘great replacement theory’ believed to fuel Buffalo suspect is from The Washington Post.

 

 

 

You might also be interested in Not Very “Best” Lists Of The Week: Gun Violence.

     

Sunday’s New Articles On School Reopenings

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Ordinarily, I’d add these new articles and videos to The Best Posts Predicting (& Showing) What Schools Look Like During The Pandemic. However, that list is just getting too massive.  So, in the future, if you want to find these in one place, click here:

The Consequences of Remote and Hybrid Instruction During the Pandemic is a big new report comparing learning gains and losses, based on test scores, between students in districts that had virtual learning for extended periods and those who didn’t. I might have missed it, but I’m not sure it incorporates the level of community transmission in those areas – could the differences also be attributable to the outside-of-school forces created by the severity of COVID outbreaks? Learn more about the study in The Washington Post.

Schools could get extra time to spend COVID relief on building fixes is from Chalkbeat.

L.A. school board delays student COVID-19 vaccine mandate without any discussion is from The L.A. Times.

How has the pandemic affected high school graduation and college entry? is from Brookings.

4 high school students talk mental health and how the pandemic changed them is from NPR.

Substitute teacher shortage hits California’s low-income students harder is from CAL Matters.

COVID-19 Cases Rise While Few School Mask Mandates Return is from HuffPost.

     

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