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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Examples of Great Teaching During the Pandemic

How successfully have you and your school handled the lockdown situation? Menachem Moscovitz believes that even with online teaching you can teach a great deal of syllabus to the students. Moving on we have been observing what online teaching feels like during the pandemic and we bring you examples of some genius teacher from all over the world that are fantastically doing their job amidst all the chaos that is been going around

The first example is from Angus, Scotland. Angus is one of the 32 local government council areas of Scotland, a registration county, and a lieutenant fancy area. Jen Rankin runs the Creative Academy of Performing Arts Angus (CAPA).

She posted a video on the dance group’s Facebook page, with pupils singing lines each from the song Rainbows, by Kacey Musgraves. In her post, she says, “I wanted to do something really special with our students during this difficult time and pay tribute to everyone who is struggling through the hardship.”

Caption for the image: Two of the CAPA dance pupils singing their lines during the performance of Rainbow, by Kacey Musgraves.

“I have been working on this lovely project for a few weeks now and I hope that you all enjoy the sentiment behind the song. From me and my little darlings to you and yours. A big thank you to Garry Morrison for helping me with the video.” We need more teachers as Jen Rankin Menachem says. He was impressed by the kids' enthusiasm.

This second example is from Frisco, Texas. Teachers from an elementary school in Frisco, TX, cheered up some students by parading through their neighborhood, honking and waving from their cars during this struggling time.

And an elementary school teacher in Mesquite, TX, drove to each of her students’ homes to check on them -- from a safe distance -- and remind them how much she misses them.

Everyone is suffering in their way, Menachem Moscovitz shares that all of us have to be strong and stand with each other at a time like this. Teachers can inspire students and their families with their passion for work and dedication. We should try to be there for each other.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Menachem Moscovitz: Explaining Google Classroom Tool

It is next to impossible to ignore Google’s most popular tools- Gmail, Google calendar, and Google Docs. All these tools have now become staples for getting organized and getting work done fast. Menachem Moscovitz believes that these tools have revolutionized the way we communicate, work together, and store information online.
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Especially during the ‘world’ lockdown, teachers and students can utilize the friendly platform Google Classroom- an education platform with the benefit of paperless sharing and digital collaboration to classrooms. Millions of teachers and students are currently using this amazing tool around the world to continue with their courses, making it the most loved edtech tools.

Menachem Moscovitz shares his concern regarding online teaching but believes that it can be handled with proper supervision. Today we are going to try to give an answer to the most commonly asked questions about this platform, on how you can use Google Classroom with your students.

What is Google Classroom?

Menachem Moscovitz shares that lots of teachers and students ask him this particular question often. Google describes Google Classroom as “mission control for your classroom,” and this might be the easiest way to explain this tool. 
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In simple words, it is a platform that ties together Google's G Suite tools for teachers and students. It acts as a digital organizer where teachers can keep class materials/notes and share them with students- all paperless!

You can pick and choose the features you want to incorporate. It provides you the flexibility to choose your favored tools, its seamless integration with Google's popular tools, is what makes Google Classroom one of the most widely-used edtech tools.

Is Google Classroom a Learning Management System (LMS)?

Technically no, Google Classroom is not a stand-alone LMS, Course management System, or student information system. That said, Google regularly keeps on adding a new function to Google Classroom. 
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In June 2019, for example, Google announced that schools will soon be able to sync new grading tools to an existing student information system. As Google continues to add features, it's likely that it may start to look, and function, more like an LMS. But for now, it is best described as a one-stop-shop for a class organization.

Who Can Use Google Classroom?

Anyone can use Google Classroom, it offers free service for anyone with a personal Google account, and it's also free for organizations using G Suite for Education or G Suite for nonprofits. In most cases, teachers and students can access Google Classroom using a Google account provided by their school as well or can use their personal account if needed. 
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How do teachers use Google Classroom?
  • Menachem Moscovitz shares that because it's a fairly flexible platform, educators use its features in different ways. With Google Classroom, teachers can:
  • Streamline how they can or do manage classes. The platform integrates with Google’s other tools like Docs, Drive, and Calendar, so there are lots of built-in "shortcuts" for classroom-management tasks.
  • Digitally organize, distribute, and collect assignments, course materials, and student work during lockdown period for smooth online teaching.
  • Teachers can also post an assignment online to multiple classes or modify and reuse assignments from year to year.
  • Teachers can easily communicate with students about their classwork.
  • You can use this platform to post announcements and reminders about assignments, and it's easy to see who has or hasn't completed their work.
  • We will discuss Google Classroom in our next blog as well, so make sure to check again!

Saturday, May 9, 2020

The Dos of Online Teaching- Tips by Menachem Moscovitz

Right now teachers are working hard to keep studies on during the coronavirus lockdown, how can teachers make the most of online teaching experience with your class? There are many teachers who are already learning – can they offer insights? Virtual school lessons are delivered in line with each person’s personalized curriculum.

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Menachem Moscovitz has years of experience in teaching and shares his expert tips on online learning. Teachers can take help from the below-shared tips to know how they can make teaching sufficient during the lockdown.

Dos of Online Teaching

  • Collect email addresses and contact numbers of all the students’ parents and create a group to discuss online classes.
  • Prepare yourself before going live aka doing the online class. It is best to rehearse offline before your actual class.
  • Check all the necessary equipment and services, like your internet connection, laptop, and its battery, is camera working, etc. before your session.
  • Be ready with the assignments that you want to share after your online class session, such as a list of questions related to the specific topic.
  • You may also ask one or two students to be volunteers and help you out in passing important information about the online session to other students in the group or of class if required. It will reduce your workload; you would not have to inform each and every student. This may be beneficial in conveying last-minute changes if any you want.
  • Give your students every instruction required so that your online class runs smoothly and is fruitful.
  • During online sessions during a lockdown, give proper breaks so that the students will have the time to think about the topic and not feel bound and frame their questions as doubts.
  • It is better to keep your class short or as a series of short sessions; this depends on various factors, like the topic, student’s participation, and the teaching plan.
  • You may ask a few open-ended questions related to the said topic during the online session to make students more responsive.
  • Encourage students not only to ask their queries or doubts related to the topic but also to answer questions asked by their peers. You may set up an online discussion forum for this to work out.
  • Post assignments just after your online session and announce the details in your session.
  • Do not forget to take feedback from the students. It will really help you learn their point of view about the session.
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Conclusion: During your online class/session, you may request students to wash their hands properly at regular intervals to spread awareness. Students should know that it is important for them to attend these classes in order to stay ahead and keep up with their syllabus. As a teacher, you can make them understand this by motivating them from time to time.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Menachem Moscovitz- 5 Signs you are a Superhero Teacher

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken the joy in creative expression and knowledge.”- Albert Einstein
A teacher plays a salient role in a student's growing years and even after that. What a kid learns and the kind of warmth he gets from his/her teachers stays forever. We can’t say it enough, teachers are like superheroes. Menachem Moscovitz believes a good teacher can shape the future of a child into a bright one. 
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A superhero teacher is not someone who wears a cap. They live among us…work among us and never complain. Menachem Moscovitz brings you some qualities/signs that make you a superhero teacher, check them out to know if you made the list:

1. You Inspire Others to be a Teacher

People look for inspiration to do more; they look for exceptional cases among strangers or people around them. A great teacher would be able to inspire others to follow this kind of profession by showing the real picture of its benefits. Lots of students end up being a teacher because of their favorite teachers who motivated them in one way or another.

2. A Good Teacher is Involved and Available

Menachem Moscovitz believes that being involved in your students takes a lot out of your daily routine. And if a teacher is willing to make the time of their busy schedule for a student or parent he/ she is dedicated and involved. 
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Things you can do to become more involved;
  • After school programs,
  • Home tutoring,
  • Coach Sports team.
3. Maintaining the Balance
A fine balance between teaching and listening is a quality that teachers should have. A great teacher listens to his or her student inquiries, questions, and doubts patiently. Listening also gives an appropriate answer and makes sure the kid gets his/her doubt cleared. This activity helps students to form their own opinion and way of thinking. 
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4. Students Love Being Around You

When groups of students approach you from time to time to ask questions or put up a silly request, it means they adore you and are comfortable around your presence. Even after the break if they hang around you then it is a sure sign they get inspiration from you and want to learn under your observance. 

5. Listen to Students

Everybody loves to talk and wants to be heard but only a good teacher listens to his/her students, says Menachem Moscovitz. Listening is tough; you must have enough patience and ability to read between the lines. 
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A teacher can command a classroom full of students easily yet impact can be made by those who have a knack for listening. The teacher who has the caliber to listen to his students’ fears and hopes can evolve from an ordinary teacher to a great one.
Conclusion: Menachem Moscovitz always finds ways through which he can improve and make the world a better place. He believes in the power of teaching and hopes to make a difference in thousands of student’s lives.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Menachem Moscovitz: Books Every Teacher Should Read

1. Teaching What Matters Most by Richard W. Strong, Harvey F. Silver, Matthew J. Perini

This book offers mainly four standards for what you should a teacher prioritizes in a classroom: Rigor, Thought, Diversity, and Authenticity. It defines each and offers helpful rubrics to begin measuring how each standard does or does not function in your classroom.
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2. What Are People For? By Wendell Berry
What Really Are People For? is a collection of some great written essays by Berry that gives an attempt to clarify what the title sounds like it might–what does it mean to be human, and how can we best relate to the world around us. This isn’t a teaching book, but a human book, and is great to read in small sections at a time.

3. Essential Question: Opening Doors by Grant Wiggins & Jay McTighe

Whether you would choose this book or any other Understanding by Design resource, you’re going to get a focus on understanding, and how to promote it through the intentional backward design of learning experiences.

4. Developing Minds by Art Costa
This book resource is a collection of short essays/chapters that explore various strands of how people think, and how to better teach it. Chapters include Teaching Thinking in Science, Teaching for Transfer, Making Thinking Visible, and what is Problem-Solving?
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5. Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks

While this is not a book about formal education, it is an absolute treasure in examining how informal learning, passion, curiosity, and family nurture a lifelong love of learning and critical examination of our surroundings. In the autobiographical Uncle Tungsten, Oliver Sacks takes us on a journey through childhood (his personal journey) in England during WWII, going on calls with his father (a doctor), working alongside his light-bulb pioneering uncles, and more.
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In his writing, Sacks gingerly and unknowingly describes the perfect classroom (the world), and the perfect approach to learning (play). He also talked about deep influences from his family, and how many of them were “autodidacts” (teach themselves).

6. The Connected Educator by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Lani Ritter Hall

This is how one recognized editor described this book, “Connected learning various communities are a three-pronged approach to effective professional development using the local (professional learning community), contextual (personal learning network), and global (community of practice) environments.”
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“Connected learners take responsibility for their own professional development. They figure out what they need to learn and then collaborate with others to construct the knowledge they need. Instead of waiting for professional learning to be organized and delivered to them, connected learners contribute, interact, share ideas, and reflect.” No need to elaborate more, says Menachem Moscovitz.

7. Why Don’t Students Like School? By Daniel Willingham

Menachem Moscovitz swears by this book! Willingham takes findings from cognitive science and applies them to the classroom in a direct and practical manner. A central claim the author makes in this book is that though humans are curious, we are not naturally good at thinking and can only truly think about the things we know

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Menachem Moscovitz: How Can Teachers Discuss CoronaVirus with Students

People all over the world are taking precautions to protect themselves, their families and their communities from Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The study cannot be taken for granted and children should continue to learn and that they can do so in an environment that is welcoming, respectful, inclusive, and supportive to all. 
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Sharing accurate and vital information and science-based facts about Covid-19 will help and diminish student’s fear and anxieties regarding the virus and will support them in coping with any sort of impact in their lives.

Menachem Moscovitz shares the following suggestions about how teachers can engage students of different ages. Any conversation or method you are going to carry on should be made with keeping in mind the specific needs of children/students.

  • Keep the focus of your conversation on good health behavior such as covering coughs and sneezes with elbows and washing hands. This is the first thing teachers should teach kids.
  • Teachers should encourage at least 20 seconds of hand-washing among kids.
  • Try to deliver this message in a sensitive and a ‘not so scary’ way.
  • To educate children in a creative way you can take the help of puppets or dolls to demonstrate symptoms- sneezing, coughing, and fever. What to do if children feel sick and how to comfort who is sick.
  • Develop a way to keep track of how kids are washing their hands
  • Teach kids about arm's length distance, while sitting in a circle tells them to sit farther apart.
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Primary School
  • As a teacher make sure to listen to children’s concerns and answer their questions in a calm and age-appropriate manner. Encourage kids to express themselves and communicate feelings.
  • Introduce the concept of social distancing for example: standing further away from kids, avoid large gatherings and crowds, and not touching objects and their own face as well. 
  • Help students to understand the concept of disease, prevention, and how to control it. You can also demonstrate how soaps can stop the transfer of germs etc with the use of fun exercises.
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Lower Secondary School
  • Menachem Moscovitz advises teachers to not just listen but understand students' problems/issues as well.
  • Emphasize that students can do a lot to keep themselves and others around them safe. For example: introduce the concept of social distancing and focus on the previously mentioned good health behavior.
  • Discuss the reaction they might see or experience around themselves or in their neighborhood. So that they can be prepared and not find themselves in an uncomfortable situation.
  • You can create student groups and ask them to spread correct facts and awareness about the Coronavirus.
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Upper Secondary School
  • Make sure to listen to student's concerns and give appropriate and useful advice.
  • Menachem Moscovitz suggests teachers confront and prevent stigma. Make sure to make them understand that fear and stigma can make a situation worse.
  • Try to incorporate relevant health issues into currently taught subjects such as through science you can teach about viruses.
  • Help students create their own public announcement services so that they can spread awareness through social media. 
Conclusion: Teachers have to be active in this whole scenario, they are the ones who can spread awareness among kids and cultivate good habits.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Key to Quality Classrooms by Menachem Moscovitz

Teachers are the builders of a nation in a true sense believe Menachem Moscovitz. They try their best every day to educate students and make real-time countless decisions and ignite countless interactions between them and students. 
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Several teachers talk and discuss the way they interact with students and try to figure out more ways to do it. The classroom assessment scoring system is one way for educators to look teaching system through one single lens says Menachem Moscovitz.
  • How is CLASS organized?
The CLASS describes ten wide dimensions of teaching that are directly linked to student achievement and social development. Each of these ten dimensions is divided into three broad categories: emotional support, classroom organization, and instructional support. 
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Menachem Moscovitz says that every teacher must be well recognized with all these categories for good results. Let us dive into the above categories:

1. Emotional Support: It refers to the ways a teacher can help children develop warm and supportive relationships. It also focuses on experience enjoyment and excitement about learning, and experience appropriate levels of autonomy or independence. This includes the following; 
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  • Positive environment: The enjoyment and emotional connection a teacher have with his/her students and as well as the peer interactions. 
  • Negative climate: The level of negative attitude show by the teachers. 
  • Teacher sensitivity: A teacher's response to a student's academic achievements and failures. Menachem Moscovitz says that the initial reaction of a teacher and parents as well matters a lot.  
  • Regard for student perspectives: This refers to the degree of emphasis given on a student's needs and interests during an interaction.
2. Classroom Organization: Menachem Moscovitz emphasis on this structured method more. This category refers to the ways a teacher can help children develop skills to regulate their own behavior. Further to get the most out of each school day, and maintain valid interest in learning activities. This includes the following;
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  • Behavior management: How well teachers monitor and address bad behavior.
  • Productivity: How well students understand routine and is well informed about a teacher’s teaching method.
3. Instructional Support: This section refers to the way a teacher effectively supports a student's cognitive development and language growth. This includes the following;
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  • Concept development: How teachers use activities to promote a student’s thinking skills and cognition in advance.
  • Quality of feedback: How teachers learn and expand participation through students' feedback.
  • Language modeling: The level or standard to which teachers stimulate, facilitate, and encourage students’ language use.