I've been distance teaching for nearly a month now. Many of us started at around the same time. Others are barely starting. I'd like to take a moment to share with you the lessons I learned so far. It can be summed up in 7 lessons.
The school year is starting around this time now and it probably has already for a few of you. To help you along the way, I've uploaded my Beginning of the Year resources.
There will be curriculum updates on my site this week, modified for distance learning! Stay tuned!
Let's face the reality. We cannot go back into the classroom in the fall. The new school year is just around the corner and the number of COVID cases hasn't even dropped. In fact, it's been spiking with record numbers on the daily. Trump and DeVos want schools to fully reopen, but they have no plans beside "schools have to reopen." There is no way to guarantee student and staff safety. My state of California is rolling back reopening plans and yet we're still pushing for schools to reopen? It makes no sense. It's unrealistic for so many reasons. We have no plans to reopen schools SAFELY! So many unanswered questions.
This post/letter is dedicated to the Class of 2020.
Keeping with a tradition I started since my first year teaching, I would like to write and dedicate a letter to the Class of 2020.
Dear Class of 2020,
Today is the last day of school and honestly I have been sitting on writing this letter to you for a while now. I really don't know how to get started. So much has happened in the last 2 months. Your class holds a defining place in my heart, and not it's not simply because our time together was cut short by COVID-19. Those who had me as sophomores, 90+ of you, were my first group of World History students and my first guinea pigs for thematic World History teaching. Some of you were my first QuIP World History students. A few clubs I advise now started with your class.
By now, most of us have converted to distance/remote teaching or in the process of doing so. My school started distance learning at the beginning of April 2020. There's definitely been a lot of confusion and obstacles along the way, not to mention the equitable access issue and countless others!
To make the transition easier for you, I am sharing with you my resources.
2019 is ending in a few days. I'm going to take a moment and reflect on my finances this past year. I've always cared about finances, but 2019 is when I REALLY cared and started to rethink my financial goals. In the second half of 2019, I made quite a few major financial moves. I'll share with you what lessons I learned this past year, especially in the area of investing. Hopefully it will help you as well.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! Hope you are surrounding yourself with loved ones and eating plenty! Most importantly, catching up on rest! It's a good time to catch a breather and recharge before we jump into the second half of the school year. What do you do during your winter break? Here's what I'm doing with my break and what you might consider doing as well...
Happy Friday! For many of us, it's the start of the holiday break! Thank you so much for your hard work! You deserve it!
As the year wraps up and tax season looming around the corner, it's probably a good time to start reevaluating your finances. Today's topic is Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) that some of us should qualify for. I'm on it myself and it's a frustrating process. Let's talk about what it is, the pros and cons of PSLF, and its considerations.
For many of us, this is our last week before the holiday break. Congratulations! You've made it through the first semester! What are your plans for the break? What are your plans for your students over break?? I recall being assigned homework by my teachers every single break. That's ironic right there. Being assigned "work" during "break." I had no break.
Perhaps we should reconsider assigning homework over breaks for students? After all, don't we need a break? Shouldn't they also get a break?
I'm Jayson, a high school social science teacher with a strong passion for social justice and public education issues.