Working From Home Tips For Teachers – The Edublogger – Education Article

The statistics around school closures due to COVID-19/Coronavirus are nothing short of staggering. In mid-February, China was the only country in the world with school closures. Today, there are 188 countries experiencing nationwide school closures and almost 90% of the world’s students are affected. Millions of teachers have been thrown into teaching remotely from home. This is drastically different from working in a classroom. It’s different physically, socially, and psychologically. And this change has come with almost no warning or…

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‘I am deeply scared for so many children’: diary of a headteacher in lockdown | Education

This is my tenth year as a headteacher, mostly in challenging schools, and I have seen a lot of things. Staff and student deaths. Fires, floods, students with weapons. I’ve had threats from the English Defence League. But there have always been support teams behind me with advice. This crisis is different. In the past week we have had to tell distraught and fearful year 11 and year 13 students that there will be no exams this summer – without…

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Michael Gerard obituary | Music

My father, Michael Gerard, who has died aged 73, was a teacher with a great passion for music. He was proud to have founded the Greenshoots Ceilidh Orchestra in Leicester 25 years ago, and he also played with the city’s Clarendon Park Orchestra from its inception, as well as the Leicester Community Concert Band and the Afro-city Swingsters, the Regenerates and the Jazz Workshop Band. Whatever the genre, he just loved to play. Michael was born in Beckenham, Kent, to…

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Randi Has a Good Idea for the End of the School Year – Education Article

Randi Weingarten proposes an alternative to end of the year tests. This is such a good idea that Congress should consider making it a replacement for annual standardized tests, which are inherently an assertion that teachers can’t be trusted to judge their students’ progress. Furthermore, Randi’s idea of testing what students know and can do will inspire student thoughtfulness and creativity, which is far superior to picking the right answer. Classrooms that would have been abuzz with activity now sit…

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‘I’m full of dread’: Doctors, nurses and cleaners on risking their lives for their job | World news

The accident and emergency doctor Gus Khan, Greater LondonI have been treating coronavirus patients for the past month. A few weeks ago, when we were seeing the odd patient who had come back from China or Italy, we were being very cautious. We put on aprons and gowns and took all the right precautions. Then all of a sudden that stopped. We have been given flimsy aprons and were told surgical masks were OK rather than the N95 masks we…

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Low attendance at scaled-down schools sparks fears for vulnerable pupils | World news

Children identified as vulnerable and therefore entitled to a place in emergency school provision during the coronavirus outbreak failed to turn up on Monday, raising concerns among headteachers about their safety. On Friday, schools closed their gates indefinitely to all students, apart from the children of key workers vital in the fight against Covid-19 and those identified as vulnerable, either because they have significant special educational needs or have a social worker. School leaders worked frantically over the weekend, contacting…

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Some UK schools looking at unregulated exams to replace GCSEs and A-Levels | Education

Some schools in the UK are investigating the use of unregulated examinations to get around the government’s decision to cancel A-level and GCSEs exams this summer over coronavirus fears, the Guardian has learned. A group of schools have been discussing the possible use of qualifications such as international GCSEs known as iGCSEs, or alternatives to A-levels known as Pre-U or international A-levels, which are offered by examination boards AQA and Cambridge Assessments and are almost exclusively used by independent schools.…

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The Guardian view on life without school: not a level playing field | Opinion

What was, just a few days ago, the object of excited speculation among British children has become a reality. Schools are shut. For an unspecified period, learning will take place at home, except for a minority of pupils who are deemed to be vulnerable, or whose parents are key workers. Closing schools was a necessary step that should have been taken sooner, as it was in other countries. But the change in our national life that will begin on Monday…

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After just half a day of home-schooling, I am officially in awe of all teachers | Emma Brockes | Opinion

We are doing a writing exercise at the kitchen table, about 90 minutes into home-schooling. So far, it’s gone quite well. I’ve drawn a grid with alphabetised headers and I’m dictating words for my five-year-old to write down. There was a brief dispute about which pen to use – she picked up a permanent marker, then wouldn’t accept, in spite of my reasoning, that it was 100% the wrong pen – but now we’re on track. I’ve totally got this,…

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Teachers: share your tips for working at home | World news

Most pupils in the UK will remain at home from Friday with schools in England only staying open to supervise vulnerable children and those of key workers. If you are a teacher we would like to hear your suggestions and advice for how parents and carers should teach children at home. Share your tips What apps and platforms are you using to teach from home? How have you set up your workspace? Do you have any advice for those who…

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I’m a teacher in Italian quarantine, and e-learning is no substitute for the real thing | Lizzie Winter | Opinion

The past week has seen drastic changes all over the world, in particular, Italy. This began last week with a lockdown in northern Italy, the closure of schools and universities across the country, and now a complete lockdown across the whole nation. My life as a primary school teacher here in Tuscany has changed radically. I have been working at a private international school for two years, and what once involved me walking to school, interacting with colleagues and teaching…

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The Lost Identity of Teachers: The COVID-19 Story – Education Article

Due to COVID-19, on Thursday evening, it was announced that all schools in my state would close for two weeks starting the following Monday.  Immediately, teachers began cloning themselves, figuring out how to recreate their daily learning experiences in absentia. Remember, a teacher’s value is their ability to listen and analyze the needs of a student at the moment; it is in our humanity, which cannot be replicated.  Friday, was the latest illustration of the lost identity of teachers. Students…

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Schools in England could close when teachers self-isolate | Education

Growing numbers of schools in England could be forced to close and send children home as a result of staff shortages, as teachers with symptoms follow government guidance to self-isolate, teaching unions have warned. The government confirmed on Monday schools should remain open in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak for the time being but school leaders fear this may not be possible if there are too few staff available to teach and supervise pupils. Mary Bousted, joint general secretary…

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Ceri James obituary | Education

My mum, Ceri James, who has died of heart failure aged 72, was a speech and drama teacher. A fine actor, Ceri taught secondary English and drama, and children with special needs at primary level. She had a beautiful singing voice and wonderful diction, plus a gift for languages (she was fluent in French and Welsh). Always glamorous, Ceri loved shoes, jewellery and clothes, but also magnolia trees. She was well travelled and enjoyed exploring new foods and cultures. She…

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‘We batter them with kindness’: schools that reject super-strict values | Education

It is a bitterly cold Yorkshire morning and outside a school in Barnsley staff are involved in the most important part of the school day. “All right, Kyle?” asks Dave Whitaker, the executive principal of Springwell special academy. “Morning, Kenzie. I saw some lovely writing of yours last night.” One by one, the children are greeted by staff with a warm smile and a personalised hello. The teachers’ enthusiasm, however genuine, is rarely reciprocated. Some students scowl, others grunt a…

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I found racist graffiti in my own classroom. And yet my first reaction was denial | Peter Olusoga | Opinion

What do you do if you’re a teacher and one of your students writes the N-word in your classroom? Well in my case, it turns out that you try to convince yourself that you haven’t seen what you thought you saw. I’m a senior lecturer in psychology in a multicultural city. My adult life has been largely protected from the more visceral acts of racism that I read about every day, and I’m grateful for that privilege. I was a…

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