Student engagement in the Time of Corona

Keeping students interested and curious when they are learning is a challenging task under “normal” in-person class situations. So engaging them when they participate in a virtual classroom can be daunting. When students are present, providing opportunities for...

Opportunity from Adversity-2.0

                                        The pandemic has had a devastating effect on American students and the entire education system. In a previous blog in the spring, I discussed that this devastating turn of events with the virus could be viewed as a possibility...

The Challenge: Caring in the Virtual Classroom

One of the foundational elements of  effective teaching is personal interactions with students. As John Maxwell advised, “Children don’t care how much you know unless they know how much you care.” In a thoughtful discussion of making distance learning less remote, ...

Attention & Focus-Crucial Learning Skills

The ability to learn relates directly to paying attention and focus. So what is the distinction between these two cognitive skills? “Attention is a natural function of the body because individuals are constantly in a state of paying attention to different aspects of...

Concerns about Education in the time of “the virus”

What is the primary goal of American education? According to the US Department of Education, it is to “build a solid foundation for learning for all children.”  Notice the absolute word “all” in the statement. At the current time, this goal is not being addressed. The...

“Happy Father’s Day?” Whose Father?

                                                  And now, for something completely different!  We await the consequences of the virus for American education. How will schools across the country reopen in the fall? In a past post, I’ve suggested that school closures...

Opportunity from Adversity

In the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic, the fabric of American life is changing. Schools across the nation are closed, some for the remainder of this academic year.   As more states and districts shut down in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the...