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So Your Kids are at Home...

Working with our kids while they are on forced vacation

As an instructional coach, I have been privileged to work with flexible educators who do amazing teaching in stressful circumstances, sometimes understaffed, and often creating needed materials.

As more and more schools close with the Covid19 epidemic, teachers (many of whom are also parents) are not only coping with how to continue teaching but innovating while keeping classes going! One of the best resources is from the instructional coaches at Eduro LEaring. At you’ll find chats with many educators, students and administrators in Asia about how they’re dealing with school closures.

On Facebook, try the group Online Teaching for International School Teachers and Educator Temporary School Closure for Online Learning.

For your online connections try SeeSaw especially for younger students. Students explore a variety of powerful and intuitive tools (like draw+record, collage, video, and more!) to show what they know in the way that works best for them. We at Ascend use Zoom for our virtual classrooms. You can use ZOOM free and without the time limit for schools affected by the COVID19 virus.

As always, some other good options for online learning are Class Dojo, Microsoft Teams and subject specific tools such as Book Creator and video for interactive read alouds, Dreambox adaptive math learning environments and for science PBS Learning and Phet are really in-depth resources for student involvement.

At Ascend, we understand the feeling of wanting to do the best for your students. As educators and parents, we recommend setting some big thinking projects solving real world problems that apply to the lives of your students. Such projects might include some of the topics from Social Science. Try some of these from Getting Smart, the National Academy of Engineering or the C3 Framework. Some of our PD opportunities include how to frame learning around big questions.

Michelle A. Haag PhD


Educating for a present full of discovery and a future full of potential.

"In nature, nothing exists alone" - Rachel Carson

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