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5 Ways to Structure a Week of Class

Keeping students engaged for a whole class period is the dream of every educator. But how can we accomplish this goal? Well, keeping things interesting and different in the classroom is one strategy to try out. If every class session has the same structure, students can quickly grow bored or complacent. So, here are five different ways to structure a week of class. 

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7 Hyflex Teaching Tips After a Long Semester

I’ve made it through a semester of synchronous hybrid teaching AKA hyflex teaching. The following teaching tips are just my top tips after a long semester of teaching most students through Zoom while a few were in class in person. I have a hybrid/hyflex teaching tips video playlist on my YouTube channel, as well, in case you are interested. But, for now, here’s what I would keep in mind if you’re teaching in this form for the first time.

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7 Easy Ways to Make Better Video Lessons for Your Students

Since I’m teaching in hybrid form this semester, I’m not creating too many video lessons for my students. But, I do make an overview video every week and a quick video lesson here and there. So, I thought I’d share seven easy ways to make your video lesson better for your students. The key here is “easy” ways, so if you’re overwhelmed by the thought of creating even more complicated videos, I still recommend reading this blog post.

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7 Classroom Management Ideas for a Synchronous Hybrid Class

I already have a blog post with tips for teaching hybrid and online classes. I also have multiple YouTube videos about teaching hybrid courses, including today’s new video about classroom management ideas I’m trying out in my classes (included in this post). In an earlier video, I vlogged about my Week 1 teaching experience. In another, I mentioned the best icebreaker for a synchronous hybrid course. Basically, I have a lot to say about the topic of hybrid teaching as I experience it for the first time. Let’s take a look at my classroom management strategies.

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Some Ideas for Anti-Racist Teaching Practices

I decided to hold off on publishing this post until today, June 19th, or Juneteenth. I thought today in particular would be a good day to talk about ways to do anti-racist work in our classrooms. As educators, we are in the position of being able to create safe learning environments for our BIPOC students, though many of us will likely need to reflect on and act against our own racist or biased beliefs and practices (like microaggressions). We are also in a position to help white students acknowledge their own conscious and unconscious prejudices and learn ways to disavow them and turn towards allyship instead. In today’s post, I just want to create a starting point of ideas on how we can do this anti-racist work in our teaching practices. I’ve also added some amazing resources I’ve seen created by others with more experience and expertise.

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