Virtual Classrooms Made Inviting & Productive

This post was written by MaiCherish Harris, WGBY education intern and student at Elms College:

When schools originally closed, families believed it would only be for a short period of time. That time was extended repeatedly until schools were finally closed for the rest of the year. This was a difficult change for everyone involved.

Even now some educators are unsure how to  Continue reading

Releasing Kids’ Energy Indoors

This post was written by MaiCherish Harris, WGBY Education Intern  studying at Elms College:

While families may now find themselves able to go outdoors in limited ways, there will still be many occasions where they need to stay inside. 

Staying indoors during this difficult time may be one of the most challenging changes for children and families, especially as  Continue reading

“Brief but Spectacular” Video Lesson Plan

Every Thursday night, PBS NewsHour profiles people and their passions in the series Brief but Spectacular.  In this video author and former monk Jay Shetty has a message for those living alone during the pandemic, encouraging them to strive to do one thing each day that brings them joy — and emphasizing that despite social distancing, we can still nurture essential human connection.

Whether we live alone or with others, we all need some time for solitude and coming back to ourselves, so we can better be there for others — however we’re connecting with them right now.

What’s your “Brief but Spectacular” Take? lesson plan from PBS NewsHour can be found at Continue reading

WILD KRATTS Collection for At-Home Learning

WILD KRATTS is a wildly popular PBS KIDS program.  Geared towards ages 6 to 8 but loved by kids younger and older,  episodes present age-appropriate science inspired by the natural abilities of the animals that the Kratt brothers — and young viewers — meet.

To support the learning goals from each video clip in the PBS LearningMedia collection, a set of graphic organizers can be used while viewing full episodes (available in English & Spanish).  Continue reading

From PBS Teachers Lounge — Building High School Lessons Online

“My charge for the foreseeable future is to help my students feel something normal —  to learn and grow and feel supported  . . . My lessons will focus on three things: Clarity, Choice, and Engagement.”

This quotation by David Olson is from an April post he wrote for the PBS Teachers Lounge.  He currently teaches AP U.S. Government and Politics, Criminal Justice, and Modern U.S. History and believes that many of his lessons are best accomplished with digital content.

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Grades K-12+ Multi-Language Resources from Khan Academy

Since we first shared Khan Academy, its free library of lessons to support students, teachers and parents has grown to include:  mathematics, grammar, science, history AP courses, SAT preparation and more.  And Khan Academy is available in 40 languages!

You’ll find Khan Academy offered under STEM resources at the MA Department of Early & Secondary Education website for Educational Resources for Students and Families during COVID-19.  Also included is Continue reading

Helping Children Develop Emotional Resilience during Coronavirus

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recently shared a new brief about how to provide a nurturing environment for children and support the development of their emotional resilience.  It also shares ways that non-parents can help friends and family members with children.
The brief addresses what it calls practicing the 3 R’s: Reassurance, Routine, and Regulation and gives practical, intelligent suggestions about issues such as validating children’s feelings when

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Appreciating Teachers with A Special Sweepstakes!

 

Like WGBH, our partner station in Boston, we have a deep appreciation for how teachers have risen to the occasion of sweeping school closings and a shift towards a new way of teaching. More than ever, we’re all humbled to serve educators during this uncertain time.
WGBH wants to thank you with a special sweepstakes for Massachusetts educators that includes

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PreView WGBH/WGBY On Air Educational Content & Resources

As we’ve previously shared, students can view daily blocks of educational broadcast programming on WGBY and WGBH The World channels.  This programming is designed for students with limited or no internet access or to augment their online learning.

Teachers can register for a  preview on May 6 of what’s planned for the daily blocks scheduled on May 11 – 15.  In addition, you’ll learn about Continue reading

Live Chat with Filmmaker Stanley Nelson

On Tuesday, May 5 at 7pm ET, teachers can join an exclusive live chat with award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson. Together with PBS Digital Innovator All Stars Mike Lang, David Olson and PBS Kids’ Early Learning Champion Roshanna Beard, you’ll be part of a discussion about how educators can act as catalysts for students to make change in our world.

Because this discussion is live, participants will be able to Continue reading