• Samantha Fecich

Let's take this time of need to lead, student teachers!

Hello, edumagicians,


Although we are in a time of need, we are also in time to lead. We know that you might be feeling overwhelmed, nervous, anxious, and unsure during this time of need. We want you to know that you are not alone – we are ALL feeling this way. This is a very strange time, but we are all better together. We decided to pull some resources for you to help you get started confidently and to make the most out of your student teaching. Before we get started, please know that you can do this. Breathe and give yourself grace.

Set yourself up for success
  • Ask your supervisor what the college or university's plan is if the school or district in which you are working with goes online.

  • Find out if the school that you are working with for your internship is a Google School or Microsoft School.

  • If your school uses an online learning management system (LMS) to deliver content, ask if you can be added as a co-teacher or collaborator in the class.

  • Get to know the LMS right away. Check out the websites you will find the support and resources. Watch tutorials provided.

Communicate often with co-op, supervisor, and students

  • If you don’t have it already get your co-ops cell phone number and email address so you can keep in touchAsk for your college supervisor’s email and cell phone number too. Ask if s/he will be having virtual office hours and put those on your schedule.

  • Meet with your co op weekly if you can to check in and share thoughts/idea/concerns/questions

  • Communicate with your students weekly (or daily) if you can using technology like Bloomz, remind, etc (get your co-op permission first)

Write out notes to your students and send them to them (If you can get co-op permission first)If you can communicate with your students set up a schedule for content to go out every few days so you can keep that connection with your students. Encourage students to share their responses too!

Try something new

Let’s approach this experience as a positive teaching experience. We can do this. Remember to be gracious with yourself but use this an opportunity to grow and learn alongside your mentor teacher and students. There are many edtech tools to help you during this time for you to use in your class to make content engaging for students. https://wakelet.com/wake/fc1be896-0ff1-431d-a3b8-b10febdc3256

Planning and prep- Alec, Evan, Kaz, Emily, Dante

  • Online resources are very convenient to use for planning and preparation because all the materials are localized in one place.  Teachers and students don’t have to worry about keeping track of an abundance of papers.

  • Nearpod – allows you to create awesome, interactive presentations for your lesson plans

  • Goobric – google chrome extension that allows you to create and share rubrics with your students.  This is very helpful as they work remotely and are seeking guidance for projects without being in a classroom setting, especially for middle level/secondary classrooms.

  • Planboard – lets you manage, create, and collaborate lesson plans with a calendar

  • Twitter/Tweetdeck - reaching out to other teachers to share ideas/lessons & learn from their experiences

  • Google Classroom – similar to teams. You can post assignments, videos, content, etc. Ahead of time for your students to collaborate on and be able to see what is coming up.

  • Flipgrid – allows you to record videos and post documents for students, schedule release times, and give individual feedback when students record a video back to you. Because it’s video, it works very well for all age levels

Classroom environment - Lillian, Emily, Lizzy, Ashley, Rachel, Brielle
  • Microsoft Teams is a great way to keep the active classroom environment Scheduled assignments and times, keeping consistency and routine, accountability, face to face communication

  • Chats keep communication intentional; groups keep students together and also eases check-ins- google forms or other ways for students to fill out the information about themselves throughout the year

  • Polls keep the classroom interactive

  • Keep a positive attitude, listening to your students' concerns and questions

Instruction – Kurt, Parker, Nick, Jeff, Bryce, David

  • Nearpod is great for sustaining the teacher-student interaction and participation. It keeps the students engaged and does not allow for passive participation. At the end, the Time to Climb game is fun and a good way to test understanding.

  • Kahoot is a website that a teacher can use to create quizzes that all students can participate in. All the students need is a code for the specific quiz. It is very fun and engaging.

  • Quizziz is a game where students are given their own questions and responses. It also keeps a competitive edge because students can compete.

  • Quizlet Live is an engaging game you can use in your classes to help students learn. Students work in teams to correctly match the terms and definitions from study sets.

  • Khan Academy -A solid resource for Common Core math instruction as well as foundational knowledge in a number of other subjects. It could serve as an additional resource for students doing online math work to help them understand something the teacher did not explain to them thoroughly enough.

  • Google Tour Builder - This is a new feature from Google that allows users to create presentations linked with google maps/earth. The user can choose specific locations anywhere on the globe and create google slides to correspond with them. Although this may cater to history or geography teachers, any teacher can find some way to use it.

  • Pear Deck-This is similar to Nearpod in that it promotes active participation during content instruction by allowing teachers to embed prompts throughout a presentation to which students respond. Teachers can use Pear Deck with Google Slides and PowerPoint, and can download a report of student activity after the presentation.

Instruction - Jordan, Caleb, Nick, Jonathan
  • Fact Swap – Students start by writing 3 facts in the top box of what they learned/remember. They then walk around the classroom or share with friends online to fill out the other 9 boxes with 3 facts each.

  • Quizlet Live –break classroom into teams of 3 and 4 to compete against the others through material that will be tested on. They have to collaborate and work together to answer questions fastest to win the game. If the answer is wrong, they go back to zero points and have to continue working. The progress bar of their team is shown as well as other teams.

  • Study Island - An online learning program that goes along with what students are learning. With a variety of subject matter, students can learn, practice, play games, and even test on the material to show progress and understanding.

  • Writing on your desk with chalk or markers – depending on what type of desk, you could draw out cells or stages of functions in certain science classes on lab tables with chalk, or using Expo markers on a desk to review math.

  • Google Earth – An interactive 3-D way to teach a geography class

  • Tiki Toki-  make an online timeline of events.  This can help place events in chronological order  complete with pictures and visual effects.  Can be shared online.


Professional responsibilities – Hannah, Tessa, Courtney, Megan

  • Google forms for formative assessments

  • Remind/Google hangouts for parent communication

  • Ted Ed Talks/Chris Reynolds to develop professionalism

  • Collaborate with fellow teachers to distribute resources (group chat)

  • Making sure grades are accessible for all students (Microsoft Teams, Turn it in)

  • Giving comments/feedback for student work and being present with them (direct chat)

  • Making sure that your students have equal access to resources and providing either adapted or different resources for those students


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Also, here is the link to the nearpod presentation in the student-paced mode so you can get the resources mentioned there. Join join.nearpod.com or in the app with this code MGSKC Valid from Tue, Mar 17th, 2020 until Thu, Apr 16th, 2020.

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