Approaching Teaching: Week of March 21, 2021

 What is your virtual learning mission?

MISSION: Equity Exemplar


Bringing Culture to Instruction. In this article from the National Council on Teaching English (NCTE), learn about how purposeful daily practices can bring culture into instruction. (4 minutes)

Emancipating Equity for Learning Justice. In this article, the authors discuss how we must dismantle the machine that is schooling and emancipate equity for learning justice. (7 minutes)

Sustaining Courage. Joel Jr. Llaban, shares that “courageous conversations centered on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) will surely offer us the gifts of cognitive and emotional provocations”. Read more on the important work of DEIJ in this article. (4 minutes)

Depending on the identities we hold, the inherent powers and privileges we have, or the ingrained oppressions we endure, the conversations and work on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice will require of us an unquantifiable amount of courage. (Joel Jr. Llaban)

MISSION: IB Innovator


Extended Resources. Enjoy this padlet of free online resources for students’ reference to support the extended essay (EE) process.

International EE Exchange. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the way Diploma Programme (DP) students approach and complete their extended essay (EE). Read this blog post to learn how the International Collaboration of the Extended Essay (ICEE) is supporting students during this difficult time and how their international EE exchange is making the process easier through collaboration. (7 minutes)

MISSION: Literacy Enthusiast


Deep Reading. In this blog post from edutopia, read about how attentive coaching and carefully crafted assessments can guide high school students toward literacy skills that last a lifetime. (4 minutes)

Research-Based Reading Instruction. In this long form article from Educational Leadership, the authors share what every child needs every day to develop reading literacy. (14 minutes)

MISSION: Math Maven

Learn and Earn

Moving Mathematics Learning Forward. NESA and Project AERO are offering two online opportunities focused on the NCTM/NCSM Moving Forward* recommendations for instructional practices that support mathematics teaching and learning during the COVID Era — face to face, hybrid or remote settings. These events will be lead by Erma Anderson are FREE for math teachers, grades 6 – 12.

MISSION: Microsoft Master

Learn and Earn

Designing for Learning: Math. Learn and explore with training and resources, and earn badges and certificates on a personalized hub created for educators like you. Browse the full catalog of Microsoft Educator Center training courses.

Office 365 Teacher Academy. Office 365 provides the right environment for better learning outcomes. In this learning path, educators will learn how to become more innovative with cloud-based tools, regardless of the device they use. In this course, learn how to use basic features of Office 365 including Microsoft Teams, OneNote, Sway, Microsoft Forms, Office Online and OneDrive. (12 hours)


All About the Immersive Reader. The Microsoft Immersive Reader is a free tool, built into Word, OneNote, Outlook, Office Lens, Microsoft Teams, Forms, Flipgrid, Minecraft Education Edition and the Edge browser, that implements proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people regardless of their age or ability. Explore the extensive resources available from Microsoft to learn more about the Immersive Reader.

Schedule Assignments for the Future. In this quick instructional from Microsoft, learn how to schedule assignments for the future right now. Future You will appreciate your efficiency! (1 minute)

Seven Tips for Breakout Room Success. Having students meet to work in small groups helps build community and fosters deeper learning. In this article from edutopia learn important tips to ensure successful engagement using breakout rooms. (5 minutes)

MISSION: Virtual Learning Designer


Moving Beyond “Cheat-Proof”. One of the biggest head-scratchers for educators during the COVID-19 pandemic is how to design assessments that provide evidence of what students know and can do. How can we adapt our assessment practices to show and support student learning in hybrid and online settings? Access the recording of the GOA Ask-Me-Anything episode to learn more. (45 minutes)


Designing Experiences for Learner Accessibility. In this article, Instructional Designer Amanda Burch shares core standards and practices for ensuring your online learning experiences are accessible to all learners. She emphasizes the mindset we should bring to learning design to demonstrate empathy for all learners. (5 minutes)

Effective, Equitable, and Sustainable Grading Practices. In this article from the Global Online Academy (GOA), learn about four shifts in grading practices that support student learning. Great takeaways for teachers who are looking to de-emphasize points and prioritize learning in assessment. (5 minutes)

MISSION: Literacy Enthusiast


Grades as Meaningful and Useful. In this blog post from edutopia, learn more about giving grades that truly reflect student learning and the shifts in thinking that would lead to gathering and reporting grades that are meaningful and useful. (4 minutes)

MISSION: Well-Being Wizard


Build SEL skills with Calm. Nearpod brings Calm into the classroom with 9 lessons that include guided meditations to help boost confidence, reduce stress and anxiety, and teach students the basics of mindfulness meditation for a happier, healthier life.

Stop, Breathe & Think. Stop, Breathe & Think is a free mindfulness and meditation app that allows users to check-in with how they are feeling and provides activities tuned in to their emotions. The app allows users to tune in to how they are thinking and feeling, and select emotions that guide them to recommended meditations. (~10 minutes)


International School Teacher Wellbeing. In this article, read about recent research findings into teacher wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The author expands upon her findings, implications, and approaches for productive action. (7 minutes)

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