Virtual Teacher Interview: grade 7 math/science, Toronto Canada

Guys. GUYS. This is big. I have a special treat for you for today's interview. We're hearing from Pamela Depooter, a grade 7 math and science teacher in Toronto, Canada (yes, we have to say "grade 7" not "7th grade" because that's what the Canadians say!). What Pam doesn't know is that she's been my [...]

COVID-19: Why Distance Learning IS Working for My School

Week 3, here we are. I can't lie, remote teaching is TOUGH. The days feel weirdly longer and shorter than usual. I honestly feel like a first year teacher all over again. So much is different than regular classroom teaching. With that said, after talking with my dad this weekend, who's also a teacher (7th grade Social Studies as opposed to my high school Math/Science), I realized my school was set up really well to succeed with distance learning.

COVID-19: My Tips for Transforming Materials into Google Forms

I'll admit, as a teacher I use a LOT of paper. I'd say I average about 5 sheets of paper per student per class. I agree it's good for humanity to "go green," but when it comes to effectively learning math I strongly believe that students need to write things down, and try new methods, and erase things, and keep detailed written notes. Now with COVID-19 and remote teaching, I've been forced to go digital.

COVID-19: Giving Math Feedback on Google Forms Submissions

Now that my first week of distance learning is done, I feel pretty good about most of my class structures. The one thing I couldn't solve was how to give feedback to students on their written/diagrammatic work. But just today I explored a solution I think will work: the comment feature on Google Forms.

COVID-19: The Basics of How to Teach High School from Home

Today I officially started teaching all of my classes via Zoom. My school is a small private school in California's Bay Area, so we've been prepping for the inevitability of distance learning for a few weeks now. While I certainly don't have it all figured out yet, I wanted to share the quickest, most basic tips I've learned over the weekend and from teaching today.