Sitting here on my side porch attempting to close the tabs on the school year- literally- I have so many that need closing, I have a few final things to share with you before the official start to summer. This has been a whirlwind start to the 2020 year and to be honest, I am already wishing for summer 2021 just to know that we are not only past whatever will come this winter, but to know that we made it through what may be another hybrid school year. It’s not that I want to wish the time away, but I am looking forward to progress and changes on numerous fronts. So, as we are about to slide into summer, here are some resources to add to your beach reading and teaching toolbox.
The first is from Matt Miller: An Educator’s Resource for Distance Learning, Remote Learning, and e-Learning. Always one to share excellent resources, this set of ideas, tools, and templates will have you ready for whatever the 20-21 school year brings our way. You can even sign up for this free, 14-module (ranges from just over 3 to just under 14 minutes per module) Remote Learning 101 course. From “gearing up for remote learning” to “now what” including ideas that use no internet to how to help students with slow internet and others in between, this free course will help get you ready to enhance your remote teaching.
The next four links are to three Bitmoji Classrooms and resources. What is a Bitmoji Classroom you ask? Bitmoji Classrooms are interactive Slides using your Bitmoji and colorful backgrounds to share links, assignments, books, and more in a fun visual way. You can learn how to create your very own Bitmoji interactives here. So the first two links (actually the third and fourth if you are counting) is a copy of a free background you can use in your early childhood/kindergarten classroom to get started. Think of them as templates for those of us who like to start with them. You can just switch out her Bitmoji for yours, add your own message to the board and you can stop there or swap her bookshelf and books (with links) for your own. Both are easily adaptable to your upper elementary and even middle school classrooms with just a few changes. This is one for a Dr. Seuss-themed bookshelf and this is one for a Pete the Cat bookshelf. This last Bitmoji Classroom is a Black Lives Matter reading room filled with books and video read alouds to read and watch to with younger students to learn about being an an ally, an anti-racist, and learn about building a positive racial identity. Finally, here is a classroom full of math manipulatives like ten-frames, unifix cubes, base ten blocks and so many more for your students to use to practice their math skills. Be sure to click each element in all of the classrooms to see all the great things you will find.
The next few links are for teachers to read and learn about implicit bias, microaggressions, and culturally responsive teaching in the classroom so that come the fall, we can all do better for our students and colleagues. The first is from Edutopia, A Look at Implicit Bias and Microaggressions: A primer on the impact of implicit biases in schools and how they can be expressed by students and faculty. The next is, What is Culturally Inclusive Teaching. In it you will find videos, definitions, strategies, TED talks, lessons, and more; just keep reading, watching, and scrolling. This next article is from the Atlantic and it is titled, “What Anti-Racist Teachers Do Differently.” Hint: “Educators who are committed to black students use evidence in their own classrooms to find ways to improve” and, “It requires educators to view the success of black students as central to the success of their own teaching” They are not afraid to hold a mirror, be reflective about their practice, and hold themselves accountable for reaching all students everyday.
Looking for more ways to keep your learning going during the summer? Perhaps a little daily dose of learning to help prepare for the upcoming school year? The Global EdTech Academy is a free series of master classes, office hours, and edtech resources that you can watch and learn on your own time. So far, I watched Connecting the Community: Race and Culture in Education – Moderated by Ken Shelton (see Wakelet for additional resources) and am planning on watching the two-part master class, Embedding Authentic Choice and Voice with Pernille Ripp (creator of the highly successful Global Read Aloud). You can find all 41 current recordings here on their YouTube channel.
This final link is for all the history teachers out there who want to make sure that all stories are told and who want to “bridge history and current issues”. My colleague Mark, an amazing history teacher who seeks to do (and does) just that every day, shared it with me and so now I share it with you. It is the Choices Program from Brown University. Be sure to explore Teaching with the News, the free resources and lessons for your classroom.