Teachers have rapidly had to learn a variety of new online platforms, tools, and strategies—and CEA’s member benefits partner, the Connecticut Science Center, is supporting your professional learning needs through a variety of online and social media platforms.
Educators’ Hub on Facebook
The Science Center has started a new Facebook group specifically with teachers in mind. The new Educators’ Hub Facebook group is the place to go to meet fellow educators while learning, collaborating, and just being social. Read more
Video conferencing can be a great tool to connect with students during these unprecedented times, but you need to make sure you are taking steps to keep you and your students safe.
A number of schools around the country have reported incidents of “Zoom-bombing,” where uninvited individuals have joined a class video conference and yelled profanities or hate speech.
The FBI recommends taking the following steps to mitigate teleconference hijacking threats:
- Do not make meetings or classrooms public. In Zoom, there are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests.
- Do not share a link to a teleconference or classroom on an unrestricted publicly available social media post. Provide the link directly to specific people.
- Manage screensharing options. In Zoom, change screensharing to “Host Only.”
- Ensure users are using the updated version of remote access/meeting applications. In January 2020, Zoom updated their software. In their security update, the teleconference software provider added passwords by default for meetings and disabled the ability to randomly scan for meetings to join.
- Lastly, ensure that your organization’s telework policy or guide addresses requirements for physical and information security.
Stratford physics teacher Kristen Record after a morning video conference with her AP students.
As learning has moved online in many districts, especially among secondary students, there has been a learning curve for both students and teachers. Video conferencing tools can enhance student-teacher interactions, but only if proper steps are taken to manage security issues and make sure students know how to use the platform appropriately.
Stratford teacher Kristen Record, a physics teacher at Bunnell High School, says she has found video conferencing to be a great teaching tool, given the circumstances, at the high school level. “I get to see my kids’ expressions and have real-time interactions and discussions. It’s also really important for students’ emotional well-being to have time with their class community.”
Video conferencing has been so successful for the 2011 Connecticut Teacher of the Year partly because, before launching into her first online lesson, she made a point to teach students both how to use the platform and the proper etiquette for video conferencing. Read more
Emphasize the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. Our recommended resources include teaching guides, lesson plans, best practices, tip sheets, online learning games, educational videos, posters, book lists, coloring pages and more.
- School Breakfast Week
The first week of March is National School Breakfast Week. The NEA Foundation supports Breakfast in the Classroom and partners with organizations to provide grants for Breakfast in the Classroom programs.
Provides information on food, health and fitness and sections for kids, parents, men, women, and seniors.
March is Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) website provides ideas for how to participate in MIOSM and promote support for school music. A menu offers downloadable MIOSM logos for web and print use, and activity ideas.
How to Incorporate Music in Your Subject suggests how teachers can include music in math, foreign language, social studies, and language arts classes.
ReadWriteThink.org has a number of K-12 lesson plans suitable for MIOSM, as do ArtsAlive and ArtsEdge. Here are some sample lessons and activities:
Check out these curriculum resources for all grade levels for exploring Irish culture and history. Resources include videos, arts and crafts, printables, worksheets, interactive maps, and tutorials.
Help your students learn about and explore Irish culture, history and traditions, including Irish folktales literature, recipes, Celtic art and mythology, the Great Potato Famine, and more.
For Grades K-5
1. Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato (8:08)
An Irish folktale. A leprechaun offers Jamie O’Rourke the biggest potato in the world if Jamie will let him go. (Grades K-2)
2. History of St. Patrick’s Day
Nine brief videos covering the history of St. Patrick’s Day and associated traditions. (Grades K-5) Read more
The theme for Women’s History Month in 2020 is “Valiant Women of the Vote.”
Honor the women who fought to win the right to vote a century ago, and for those who still fight to win that right for others.
For this Presidents’ Day, observed February 17, celebrate the lives of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, their contributions to the United States, and the lives and contributions of all our 45 Presidents.