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

Updated: Mar 13

Hello, edumagicians,

Although we are in a time of need, we are also in time to lead. We know you might feel overwhelmed, nervous, anxious, and unsure during this time of need. We want you to know you are not alone – we all feel this way. This is a very strange time, but we are all better together. We decided to pull some resources to help you start confidently and make the most 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 plans to do if the school or district you work for goes online.

  • Find out if the school you work 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 the tutorials provided.

Communicate often with co-op, supervisor, and students
  • If you don’t have it already get your co-op's cell phone number and email address so you can keep in touch.

  • Ask for your college supervisor’s email and cell phone number, too.

  • Ask if s/he will have virtual office hours and put those on your schedule.

  • Meet with your co-op weekly to check in and share thoughts/ideas/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 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. 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 as an opportunity to grow and learn alongside your mentor teacher and students. There are many edtech tools to help you during this time to use in your class to make content engaging for students.

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

  • Online resources are very convenient 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 many papers.

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

  • Goobric – The Google Chrome extension allows you to create and share rubrics with your students.  This is very helpful as they work remotely and seek 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 so your students can collaborate and see what is coming.

  • 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 ease 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, listen to your student's concerns and questions

Instruction – Kurt, Parker, Nick, Jeff, Bryce, David
  • Nearpod is great for sustaining teacher-student interaction and participation. It keeps the students engaged and does not allow for passive participation. Ultimately, 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 where all students can participate. 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 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 is a solid resource for Common Core math instruction and foundational knowledge in several 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 thoroughly enough.

  • Google Tour Builder—This new feature from Google 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 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 download a student activity report after the presentation.

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

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

  • Study Island - An online learning program that accompanies students' learning. With various 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 have, you could draw out cells or stages of functions in certain science classes on lab tables with chalk or use 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 chronologically, complete with pictures and visual effects.  It 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)

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

Let's keep the leading and learning going on Twitter with #FutureTeachersLead.  Please share with your colleagues: to keep them updated on the latest with our training and tutorials.

Also, here is the link to the nearpod presentation in the student-paced mode so you can get the resources mentioned there. Join

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