I spoke with a range of teachers and coaches across the city to hear their experiences working with Google Classroom, the platform that most teachers used for remote learning this spring. Common themes emerged: the platform’s potential to foster collaboration with colleagues and communication with families and the challenge of striking the right balance between consistency and flexibility.
After New York City school buildings shut in mid-March, teachers quickly discovered that recreating their former classroom schedule and activities was not always practical. Remote learning has required us to reconceptualize our teaching practices to find new solutions to reach our students.
The flipped classroom — which reverses the traditional model of delivering direct instruction in class and assigning practice and activities for homework — is not for everyone. Here are some of the advantages and drawbacks of the model so you can better decide if you want to give this method a try.
The start of a school year is a good time to plan how to integrate technology in your classroom. Many teachers have great ideas but do not have access to the hardware or software they need to run with them. Other than asking your principal to purchase equipment on a tight budget, education grants can provide needed funds for technology projects.
As technology has developed, so have methods for using technology to learn a language. These programs aren’t meant as a replacement for in-class language instruction, but they can be effective supports to extend and continue learning both in and out of the classroom.
Measure how Alaska’s glaciers have receded. See how a New York City block has changed since 1930. Trace Marco Polo’s journey through Asia. Google Earth is a powerful online tool that enables you to integrate mapping into nearly every subject you teach.