Primary/Elementary and Secondary Educators

Routledge authors are committed to helping educators teaching in primary/elementary and secondary schools, especially as you face new challenges resulting from the global pandemic. Whether you need help transitioning your classroom online, you’re looking for tips to engage with your students remotely, or you need self-care ideas, you’ll find advice and answers to relevant questions from our trusted experts.

Please click on the dropdowns below to freely access a range of short videos and other content designed to provide solutions to help with your teaching. Topics include: supporting students’ mental health, self- care techniques, engaging students in literacy instruction online, increasing children’s motivation to learn online, helping students who need extra support, supporting teachers, and quick technology tips and tools.

We will add to these offerings on an ongoing basis, so we hope you’ll check back when you’re looking for more advice!

3 Cornerstones for Social-Emotional Learning & Trauma-Informed Practices
Joe Hendershott, Ed.D. & Dardi Hendershott

Co-Founders, Hope 4 The Wounded, LLC

Authors: Reaching The Wounded Student, 7 Ways to Transform the Lives of Wounded Students, Supporting the Wounded Educator: A Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Self-Care

Emotional poverty has become a deterrent to academic success. Research shows that almost half the nation's children have experienced trauma, which has a profoundly negative impact on their behaviors, relationships, learning, and/or mental wellness. Educators must have a basic understanding of the social-emotional needs of wounded children in order to reach them, teach them, and position them for transformation through education. Additionally, a comprehensive approach to SEL that includes understanding the impact of personal and/or secondary trauma on educators is paramount to creating healthy cultures where adults and children alike can thrive.

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Technology Applications in School Psychology Consultation, Supervision and Training
Aaron Fischer, Tai Collins, Evan Dart, Keith Radley

Aaron Fischer, University of Utah (twitter @afisch85)

Tai Collins, University of Cincinnati (Twitter @DopeGuyTai)

Evan Dart, University of Southern Florida (Twitter @evanhdart)

Keith Radley, University of Utah (Twitter @BASICSLabUU)

As school psychologists, we are poised to provide support through technology-based services for parents, teachers and students. There is a wealth of telehealth options available in practice, and our text, Technology Applications in School Psychology Consultation, Supervision, and Training aims to inform readers of contemporary practical and research based applications to using technology across these domains. Including the legal and ethical considerations with providing services through this modality. After introducing each of the co-editors, we discuss something salient to each of us during this unprecedented time.

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Focusing on Student Well-Being in a Crisis
Cathleen Beachboard

Author of 10 Keys to Student Empowerment: Unlocking the Hero in Each Child,

Teacher, and instructional coach at Taylor Middle School in Warrenton, Va.

Focusing on student well-being in a crisis- Three quick steps to increase student mental wellbeing during a crisis.

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How to Weave Wellbeing into Your Classroom
Alison Waterhouse
Alison Waterhouse has worked in mainstream, special education and the independent sector for the past 30 years, specialising in working with children with AEN including Mental Health and Wellbeing. She has set up and developed an Independent Therapeutic Special School, developed a role as Teacher in Charge of the Social and Emotional Wellbeing of the Whole School Community and has been an Inclusion Manager and Deputy Head in mainstream schools. She now works as an Independent Educational Consultant for SEN and Wellbeing, is involved in staff training and has her own Educational Psychotherapy practice. Alison works with children who are referred due to difficulties with self-esteem, anger, anxiety, depression and other Mental Health needs as well as children with learning differences. Alison is developing the ‘Circles for Learning’ Project in schools and has already undertaken a Primary Research Project and is now working on a Secondary Research Project. The resources were put together to support staff with these projects.

Alison Waterhouse’s top tips for how to strengthen and help children to develop positive foundations for mental health and wellbeing alongside academic learning. This video considers the five key areas for development. These are positive relationships, emotional literacy, skills for learning, self-awareness and understanding how the brain impacts on our learning. /p>

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Don't Forget to Breathe!
Wendy Weber
Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Owner of Insight Education Services, LLC., author of Mindfulness for Students: A Curriculum for Grades 3-8

This is a 2 ½ minute video describing a quick mindfulness activity (Breath Awareness) educators can do on their own or with their students to create a calm, balanced state of mind, conducive for teaching and learning.

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Anxiety and Auditory Processing Problems—Keeping Directions Simple
Beverley H. Johns
Professional Fellow, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois

During this time of the coronavirus, we are faced with educating children in new ways never encountered before.For teaching children with anxiety disorders, this presents additional challenges. Children who have exhibited anxiety before are now faced with additional worries and fears. One of the ways that we can address these worries is to make accommodations for them when we give them directions from the platforms we use. This segment gives practical strategies for educators to utilize; strategies that can reduce the stress our children are facing.

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Online Group Brainstorming Activity
Jayson W. Richardson
University of Kentucky

This video demonstrates how a to use a Google template to help groups brainstorm rapidly and ideate around solutions

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How to Use Windows Clipboard History
Dr. Frank Buck
President, Frank Buck Consulting, Inc.

During the COVID-19 crisis, educators are expected to do more through technology. Little technology shortcuts allow teachers to spend less time on mundane tasks and spend more time creating content. Let's take "copy & paste" to a new level. Windows Clipboard History appeared in Oct. 2018, but most of us don't know it's there. Once you learn this technique, you’ll wonder how you survived without it.

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Paste Without Formatting: A Big Headache Solved
Dr. Frank Buck
President, Frank Buck Consulting, Inc.

During the COVID-19 crisis, educators are under more of a time crunch than ever before. We especially need ways to make the increased time we’re spending with technology more efficient. This video solves a common copy & paste headache using an easy keyboard command. It shows you how to paste without formatting. The video shows the problem you likely face daily and the all-to-easy solution nobody ever told you.

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Easy to Use Features of Google Meet
Billy Krakower
Educator and co-author of two books published by Routledge: Connecting Your Students with the World and Getting Started with STEAM

The video discusses a few Google Meet extensions that are helpful for educators; those extensions are Google Meet Grid View, Nod - Reactions for Google Meet, and Meet Attendance. These extensions help expand the use of Google Meet, also include was a Google Meet Etiquette Guide for educators.

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Engaging Students in Reading with Digital Literature Circles
Jeremy Hyler

Jeremy Hyler6th & 7th grade English/Science Teacher in Michigan

NCTE Community AmbassadorKQED Media Literacy

InnovatorTwitter: @jeremybballer

My video will offer support for teachers/educators on how to have engaging conversations aboutliterature using Digital Literature Circles. In the video, I offer some strategies as well as somedigital tools to use with students.

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Descriptosaurus
Adam Bushnell
Adam Bushnell currently working with Alison Wilcox on Descriptosaurus Age 5 to 9.

Author Adam Bushnell uses the Descriptosaurus by Alison Wilcox to create a mythical creature description. Create a Creature with the Descriptosaurus

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Rethinking Grammar Instruction
Sean Ruday
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of English Education at Longwood University

In this video, I address the question “How can teachers make grammar instruction engaging, relevant, and effective?” I describe an instructional process in which teachers share authentically used grammatical concepts in published texts with their students, help them understand the importance of those grammatical concepts, and work with the students as they apply those concepts to their own work. In doing so, I make specific connections to today’s distance-learning educational environment.

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How Do You Learn Best?
Pernille Ripp

7th Grade ELA teacher, Creator of the Global Read Aloud, Speaker, Author of Passionate Readers: The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child and Passionate Learners: How to Engage and Empower Your Students.

While we may be tempted to only provide one path forward during these unprecedented times, we can still honor individual choice and personalization by creating modules that can be re-used. Asking students for ideas of what they would like to learn, providing them with different opportunities and supporting them through pre-recorded videos means that we can give them different modules that they can choose from in the coming weeks. Asking students, “How do you learn best?” while giving them opportunities to explore different types of assignments means that students will feel heard, supported, and also be able to manage their stress better. This may seem hard but it’s not.

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Using Vocaroo to Provide Voice Feedback
Dr. Troy Hicks

Professor of English and Education

Central Michigan University

In order to stay connected with our students, one of the most authentic tools that we have is our voice. While written feedback is important and useful, by recording and sharing our voice -- with the emotional resonance that it brings -- we can let students know that we care about them as writers, and as people. Using a simple online voice recording tool, Vocaroo (vocaroo.com), this brief tutorial from Dr. Troy Hicks, Routledge/Eye on Education author and Professor of English and Education at Central Michigan University, demonstrates how to create and share these voice recordings.

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Fostering Learner Buy-In When Suddenly Going Online
Kathryn Murphy-Judy

Kathryn Murphy-Judy has 20+ years of experience teaching language online. In this short video, she demonstrates how to foster learner buy-in when teaching online in expected or unexpected online teaching environments. Particularly in unexpected circumstances where teaching online is the only option, she demonstrates how to give students choice. Her methods promote learner autonomy, motivation, and signal to the students that their input into their own learning is valued.

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Being a Helper in Emergency Learning
Denise Reed Krebs

Teacher and co-author of The Genius Hour Guidebook, 2e: Fostering Passion, Wonder, and Inquiry in the Classroom

Teachers can be helpers to their school families in emergency learning time by showing compassion and providing lessons with much choice and flexibility.

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Ways to Keep Students Active During Remote Learning
Michael Gosset

Lecturer and Coordinator of Physical Education at Hostos Community College, City University of New York and former PE teacher. Author of Lesson Plans for the Elementary PE Teacher: A Developmental Movement Education and Skill-Themes Framework

This video describes 1) what to look for with good online fitness programs for kids while they’re not in regular PE class and 2) key things for families to keep in mind with keeping students active during this time.

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Getting Back to Basics - How to Support Home-Schooling During Covid 19 Lockdown
Bhaveshi Kumar

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Author of Study skills for Students with Speech, Language and Communication needs Published by Routledge February 2020

There has never been a better time to think about children’s education holistically. Developing motivation to learn, a positive mindset and healthy study habits are more important now than they ever were.

The current UK lockdown means that all children in the country are expected to be educated at home, at least for the foreseeable future. Whilst there are lots of amazing educational resources out there, with schools offering access to various virtual learning platforms, their effectiveness will depend so much on whether the child or teenager is physically and mentally in the right space to learn.

In this video I introduce 10 key strategies to support motivation and learning when trying to home-school. Free resources to support some of the areas I mention in the video will also be available via the Routledge site.

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Supporting Educators Transitioning to the Remote World
Brad Currie
Founding Partner of Evolving Educators LLC and co-author of Tech Request: A Guide for Coaching Educators in a Digital World

Supporting Educators Transitioning to the Remote World is a brief video presentation that walks viewers through various ways that instructional coaches can assist their colleagues during this extraordinary time period. Various tools of the trade are shared and how they can promote the success of all students.

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Virtual Coaching 101
Emily Davis
Ph.D. Founder, Teacher Development Network, Co-author of Tech Request: A Guide for Coaching Educators in the Digital World

Virtual Coaching 101 is a brief video presentation that provides those working in a coaching role with ideas for how to move their coaching work into the virtual world during this extraordinary time period. Six coaching strategies are presented with tips for how to modify for success in the online environment.

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Responding to Turbulent Conditions in 5 Steps
Steven Jay Gross
Professor Emeritus Educational Leadership, Temple University. USA

For the past 25 years I have been studying organizational turbulence. That work has led to the development of Turbulence Theory. If ever there was a turbulent time it’s now. Educational leaders at all levels and students of educational leadership need process that will help them to respond to and work with the turbulence they now face. This video takes viewers through a 5 step process that is designed to do just that. These steps include: Reflecting deeply on the turbulence, considering the drivers of turbulence (positionality, cascading, and stability), deciding on the general level of turbulence, considering whether to escalate or tone down the turbulence, and making a plan.

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Helping Staff Prevent Burnout During Coronavirus
Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin
U.S. Department of State (Fulbright Specialist Program)

Many teachers and other school champions are feeling especially overwhelmed during this unusual time. Learn specific steps you can take as a school leader to lighten their burden without underserving students.

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Supporting the Learning of Children with Language and Communication Needs
Anna Sowerbutts & Amanda Finer
Speech and Language Therapists, and authors of DLD and Me: Supporting children and young people with Developmental Language Disorder.

As Speech and Language Therapists we have expertise in supporting children who have speech, language and communication needs. Our video provides ways of supporting these children, who are likely to be struggling with the challenges of learning from home.

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Spelling Success
Georgie Cooney
Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) and teaches students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs).

This is aimed at anyone who has to teach spellings. Spellings are generally harder than reading because they require recall. Reading requires recognition.

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Getting Ready for Reading and Spelling with Phonological Awareness
Georgie Cooney
Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) and teaches students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs)

It briefly describes the stages before one starts to teach phonics, reading and spelling. The learners need to be really secure in their language ability, particularly their phonological awareness.

The 3 main stages are:

  • Syllables - blending/segmenting
  • Rhyme - detecting/generating
  • Phonemes - awareness/blending and then manipulation.

If the learner is able to manipulate phonemes such as using spoonerisms (king john becomes jing kohn) then they should be fully equipped for learning phonics, word reading and spelling.

Many dyslexics have a weak phonological loop and we need to help them strengthen it.

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Things I like - A Self-Awareness Activity to do at Home
Alex Kelly
Alex Kelly is a Speech and Language Therapist with over thirty years’ experience of working with both children and adults with an intellectual disability (learning disability) and specialising in working with people who have difficulties with social skills. She runs her own businesses (Alex Kelly Ltd and Speaking Space Ltd) with her husband Brian Sains and is the author of a number of books and resources, including the best-selling TALKABOUT series.

Alex talks about the things she likes and provides an activity for you to complete at home. Thinking about things we like can help us feel happy.

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Important People in My Life - A Self-Awareness Activity to do at Home
Alex Kelly
Alex Kelly is a Speech and Language Therapist with over thirty years’ experience of working with both children and adults with an intellectual disability (learning disability) and specialising in working with people who have difficulties with social skills. She runs her own businesses (Alex Kelly Ltd and Speaking Space Ltd) with her husband Brian Sains and is the author of a number of books and resources, including the best-selling TALKABOUT series.

Alex talks about the really important people in her life and provides an activity for you to complete at home. http://www.speakingspace.co.uk.

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How Are You Feeling? - A Self-Awareness Activity to do at Home
Alex Kelly is a Speech and Language Therapist with over thirty years’ experience of working with both children and adults with an intellectual disability (learning disability) and specialising in working with people who have difficulties with social skills. She runs her own businesses (Alex Kelly Ltd and Speaking Space Ltd) with her husband Brian Sains and is the author of a number of books and resources, including the best-selling TALKABOUT series.

Alex uses a feelings board to tell us how she is feeling today. You can download a variety of feelings boards from her website http://www.speakingspace.co.uk.

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Word Games for Families to Support Vocabulary Development
Stephen Parsons
Speech and Language Therapist, Thinking Talking (Thinkingtalking.co.uk)

A quick overview of some of the games which are downloadable from our blog

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Word Games for Schools to Support Vocabulary Development
Anna Branagan
Speech and Language Therapist, Thinking Talking (Thinkingtalking.co.uk)

A quick overview of some of the games which are downloadable from our blog. http://thinkingtalking.co.uk/blog/

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Balanced Breath
Carla Tantillo Philibert

This video is a great way for educators and children alike to take a moment and find a balanced breath. By drawing on her 15 years experience providing mindfulness, yoga and Social-Emotional Learning to school districts across the globe, Carla Tantillo Philibert walks viewers through a simple breath work activity to find a sense of calm during these challenging days. For more information, or to connect with Carla and her co-authors, Chris Soto and Lara Veon, please shoot Carla a note at Carla.P@ClassCatalyst.com.

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Avoiding Teacher Burnout During Coronavirus
Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin
U.S. Department of State (Fulbright Specialist Program)

As we make the sudden shift to 100% digital learning, many teachers are especially frustrated and overwhelmed. Learn key steps you can take to fend off teacher burnout during this difficult time.

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Are You Ready? Time Management When the Country Reopens
Dr. Frank Buck
President, Frank Buck Consulting, Inc.

When the COVID-19 crisis hit, the nature of schooling changed. While we’re adapting to a different way to teach, we’ve also got to keep an eye on the future. When the country reopens, will you be ready? This video gives three suggestions that you can start now.

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Learning how to Balance Technology in your Life
Jessica Cabeen
Principal, Ellis Middle School, Austin Minnesota

In these two minutes Jessica shares practical strategies to navigate the statement: Just because technology is on 24/7 doesn't mean you have to be on it as well.

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Sharing Your Voice During Quarantine
Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin
U.S. Department of State (Fulbright Specialist Program)

While some teachers are overworked during quarantine, others are experiencing the opposite: they finally have time on their hands and are ready to take on projects that expand their reach. Learn some easy, practical ways to share your teaching wisdom with the world. For example, join lists reporters use to find education experts to interview, present online (prepping for a TED Talk), write a book chapter (to become a published book author), copy journalists on your work, and have your students-helping pitch ready.

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Ten Tips for Teaching Remotely
Paul Kirschner
Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology at the Open University of the Netherlands as well as Guest Professor at the Thomas More University of Applied Science in Belgium.

We’re going through a period that none of us have ever experienced. With respect to teaching and learning, as pupils can’t attend school, we must help them learn at home. Fortunately, online education offers a solution, but the instructional techniques involved are not (completely) the same as what we do in the classroom. In this video Paul Kirschner presents his top ten tips for effective e-teaching. The video is based on the book Lessons for Learning, a collaboration between Tim Surma, Kristel Vanhoyweghen, Dominique Sluijsmans, Gino Camp, Daniel Muijs and Paul Kirschner and also draws on the recent publication How Learning Happens by Paul Kirschner and Carl Hendrick.

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Helping Students to Schedule their Independent Practice and Learn more Effectively
Jonathan Firth
Teaching Fellow at the University of Strathclyde.

This video discusses the spacing effect. The spacing effect is the phenomenon where practice is more effective if it is delayed rather than immediate. This means that practice of any new concept or skill is likely to have more impact if it is widely distributed over time rather than being intensive. I discuss how this fact is counter-intuitive; students will tend to study via intensive sessions unless given guidance to do otherwise. However, the spacing effect is easily applied in the classroom, and can be implemented to make independent learning more effective too.

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Asserting Your Presence When Teaching in an Online Classroom
Ami Braverman, PhD
School Psychologist in The New York City Department of Education and creator of MaterialPsychology.com

In a virtual learning environment how can you, as a teacher, maintain expectations without your physical presence? What strategies can you utilize for classroom management? And how can you be a source of comfort to your students?

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