Facing the Unknown

This guest article was written by Jesse Greaves-Smith of Teachers Starting Fires. He is an experiential educator and eLearning instructional designer focused on helping teachers free their potential and light their spark.

The secret to growth as human beings is that we must boldly face the unknown. We must find one small piece of it to conquer and to make known to ourselves, and then go and face the unknown again. Each time we face the darkness and chaos willingly we come back just a little stronger, a little more capable.Continue reading “Facing the Unknown”

5 Lessons Learned From Distance Learning in the Time of COVID-19

Right now, millions of children across the United States are learning from their teachers from their own kitchens, living rooms, and backyards. The reality is beginning to set in that children might not be returning to school for a while. Teachers are working hard to pivot from in-person instruction to an online approach, attempting to continue to serve the individual needs of their students using web chats, email, phone calls, and screen sharing applications. Continue reading “5 Lessons Learned From Distance Learning in the Time of COVID-19”

The Kids Are Not All Right

Close your eyes.

Picture a school. Any school. What do you see? What do you hear? The sights and sounds of a school are universal: Children laughing and running around on a playground, teachers working with students through math problems or science experiments. There is noise, lots of noise. There is movement, a lot of movement. There is noise, a lot of noise.

Now, those same schools are quiet, still, absent of what gives them life. Continue reading “The Kids Are Not All Right”

5 Ways to Conduct Safe Intruder Drills

Mental health support can be a key to preventing on-campus violence, but what can schools do to protect students and staff in an emergency?

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Behind the walls of schools located in urban centers, rural landscapes, and suburbs, US students and teachers have been practicing for the worst situation possible. Since the tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999, there have been 230 school shootings that have left 138 students, teachers, and staff members dead.Continue reading “5 Ways to Conduct Safe Intruder Drills”

Build Up Student Mental Health, Not Fences, to Prevent School Violence

The number of shootings that are occurring at schools is rising.

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), there have been 417 school shootings in the United States between 2010 and 2019. Sadly, when those annual totals are broken down, an upward trend becomes quite clear. The past two years have seen more school shootings than all five years prior.Continue reading “Build Up Student Mental Health, Not Fences, to Prevent School Violence”

5 Signs of Cyberbullying

According to Media Smarts, 23% of students reported that they’ve said or done something cruel to another person online. 27% reported that they’ve experienced the same from someone else. With the increased use of collaboration tools and social media, children can be bullied 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Continue reading “5 Signs of Cyberbullying”

Using Title IV Funds for Student Safety

Over the past year, 26 states spent a combined $950 million dollars on school safety. The funds were spent on a variety of resources including anonymous tip lines, SROs, web filtering, fencing, and camera systems. As the need for school safety spending grows, district officials are on the search for funding. Title IV of the Every School Succeeds Act is a great source for school safety funding.Continue reading “Using Title IV Funds for Student Safety”

Google Docs: A New Way to be Cyberbullied

Every day, millions of students engage with computers and tablets for learning purposes. Teachers spend hours monitoring the progress of these students, ensuring that they stay on task by using either proximity monitoring or an MDM. To accomplish this, Google products are often favored by schools as they allow easy collaboration and seamless incorporation with most e-learning systems or learning management systems, including its own Google Classroom.Continue reading “Google Docs: A New Way to be Cyberbullied”

Digital Teaching and Learning Trends in Schools

Blended Learning Schools

Technology allows for learning to continue outside of the normal school day in a variety of ways. Students can access content whenever and wherever they want to consume it. These are reasons why so many schools are adopting blended learning classrooms, which free up vital in-class time for teachers to coach individual students one-on-one, rather than relying on explaining broad concepts to all students at once. When selecting a curriculum, schools and districts can benefit from selecting a curriculum that includes access to the content online.Continue reading “Digital Teaching and Learning Trends in Schools”