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Kiddom Teacher Spotlights: Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Month by Recognizing Educators

Kiddom Teacher Spotlights: Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Month by Recognizing Educators

As part of our ongoing series of Teacher Appreciation Month Activities, Kiddom Teacher Spotlights will be announced every week during the month of May. Come back every Thursday to see the new featured educator!

As part of our Teacher Appreciation Month celebrations, we wanted to recognize teachers within the Kiddom community who excel in: communication + feedback, engagement, and curriculum development. These categories were chosen to emphasize the many ways teachers empower students in and beyond the classroom.

To select each spotlight, our customer success team used the data available to them (and to the learning communities who are using our platform!) to highlight the following educators who have gone above and beyond for their students and communities this past year.

Join us in congratulating them all!

The 2021 Kiddom Teacher Spotlight Recipients 

Excellence in Communication & Feedback

Jennifer is a 6th grade Language Arts teacher at Hayward Community Schools, Wisconsin. She was selected by CSM Shannon Doyle for her excellent communication & feedback skills.

What inspired Jennifer to become an educator?

"I love working with kids ( I always have; my teenage jobs were as a dance instructor for kids and a summer camp counselor at a YMCA youth camp). I want to be a positive role model for my students and to instill in them a lifetime love for reading."

Kelly Ryder, Director of Curriculum and Programs at Hayward, had a couple of words to share with us about Jennifer as well:

"Jen is an amazing educator who puts students first in everything she does. One of her best qualities is that she is so solution-focused, which makes her a huge advocate for the students she serves. Because of her perseverance, she has been able to leverage Kiddom not only for reporting and feedback but also for student engagement. In fact, the ease with which she is able to use Kiddom to present our EL Education curriculum was used as a model for other teachers in our district in this first year of implementation."

Most Engaged Teacher

Mary is a founding teacher at an urban charter school in Youngstown, Ohio. She teaches 4th and 5th grade ELA and Math.

What inspired Mary to become an educator?

"I became an educator to help students become academically and personally successful. I believe that school is for more than learning math and reading. Emotional and social skills are cultivated in the classroom and can truly help a student become personally successful. I struggled in elementary school, but had some amazing teachers that helped me through. I want to be able to be that teacher for my students. I love the feeling of connecting with students and helping them achieve their personal and academic goals. "

Mary is also a Kiddom blog contributor! Thank you Mary for sharing your knowledge with us and our teaching community. To read all about how she used and is planning on using Blended Learning in the classroom, read her blog post  Blended Learning With Kiddom: Lab Rotation for Face-to-Face & Remote Learning.

Kiddom seamlessly connects the most critical aspects of teaching and learning on one platform.

For the first time, educators can share and manage digital curriculum, differentiate instruction, and assess student work in one place. Learners can take assessments online, see student performance data with the click of a button, and teachers have the insight and tools they need to create individual learning paths.

 

Ready to bring digital curriculum to your school or district?

Connect with us in a 15-minute meeting to learn more about available pre-packaged curriculum, and how the Kiddom education platform can support your learning community.

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Month With Kiddom: Giveaways, Awards, and More!

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Month With Kiddom: Giveaways, Awards, and More!

Ana Reyes

Ana Reyes

Marketing Project Manager, Kiddom

One day to appreciate teachers isn't enough. This year, Kiddom will celebrating teacher appreciation the entire month of May!

 

So much is expected from teachers. They are asked to go above and beyond, to use their personal time and resources to ensure that they are inspiring, educating, and keeping students safe and engaged at all times.

On top of all of these responsibilities, they've been asked this year to completely recreate every aspect of how they teach and connect with students. Not surprisingly, teachers committed themselves to all of this and so much more.

At Kiddom, we are so thankful for teachers everywhere! We know you have all been working more than ever this year, that your creativity has been tested to its limits, and that you have still been there for all your students every step of the way.

Because we want to recognize all your hard work, we did not think "Teacher Appreciation Day" was enough. This year, we will be celebrating you all month long! To do so, we're hosting giveaways with our curriculum partners, learning about teachers in history who have made an impact in education, spotlighting today's teachers who are making an impact in their classrooms, and much more.

We hope you will all join us in celebrating! See the full calendar of events, with descriptions below!

Teacher Appreciation Giveaway Calendar

Weekly Giveaways

Make sure to follow us on Twitter, @KiddomApp. Every Monday this month, we will be announcing a weekly giveaway. The weekly winners will be announced every Friday. We have some fun things in store for you and one big final prize at the end of the month. You won’t want to miss it!

#CelebrateByLearning Teachers in History

Join us in all of our social media channels to help us celebrate teachers throughout history who made an impact far beyond the reach of their classroom.

Kiddom Teacher Reflections

On Wednesdays, the Kiddom team will be making reflections on the teachers who impacted us the most.

Teacher Spotlights Awarded

Every Thursday, we will be highlighting a teacher from the Kiddom community who deserves recognition for their outstanding work in the classroom.

Feel Good Friday

Stay tuned for a new series of blog posts coming out every Friday! You can find these feel-good, fun blogs written to uplift educators across our social channels.

Kiddom seamlessly connects the most critical aspects of teaching and learning on one platform.

For the first time, educators can share and manage digital curriculum, differentiate instruction, and assess student work in one place. Learners can take assessments online, see student performance data with the click of a button, and teachers have the insight and tools they need to create individual learning paths.

 

Ready to bring digital curriculum to your school or district?

Connect with us in a 15-minute meeting to learn more about available pre-packaged curriculum, and how the Kiddom education platform can support your learning community.

You might also be interested in these articles:

Is Blended Learning Here to Stay? (Survey Results)

Is Blended Learning Here to Stay? (Survey Results)

Ana Reyes

Ana Reyes

Marketing Project Manager, Kiddom

How has COVID-19 affected blended learning practices in the classroom? Our recent blended learning survey showed some surprising and uplifting results.

The past year has forced us to face new challenges and pushed us to try new things that we had never considered before, or simply did not have the time to implement. One of those things, according to our latest survey, is blended learning.

Before we get into the details of our survey's surprising findings, let's recap what blended learning is. According to the Christensen Institute:

"Blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns: at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace; at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home; and the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.” 

When did most teachers start using blended learning in the classroom?

A surprising 60.6% of teachers we surveyed said they had never used blended learning prior to the pandemic, and perhaps it was the need to pivot that drove them to explore blended learning models.

Which blended learning models were picked up during COVID-19?

When asked which blended models educators had implemented, Enriched Virtual was the clear winner!

Rightfully so, since this model requires that students have some face-to-face interaction with teachers (but not much) and then complete most of their coursework on their own. Something that can be easily done with Kiddom!

So how are folks using Kiddom to do blended learning? One survey respondent, Teacher Mary Fultz, shared that she's using Kiddom with the EL Education curriculum to do a rotation model of blended learning with her virtual students.

Kiddom gave her the flexibility she needed to continue working with her students virtually and make assessments available for them to complete.

For more on how she used Kiddom for blended learning, keep an eye out for our next blog in this series!

Is blended learning here to stay?

All in all, it looks like blended learning is here to stay, as 86.7% of surveyed teachers said they would continue to use it post-COVID.

Though it was not an easy year, these stats reveal a silver lining that some good has come from our struggles. As one survey participant pointed out, the pandemic has helped build community in the classroom:

"I started out totally remote learning and then at 2nd quarter, some students slowly started returning. As Covid spiked, some left and went back remote and others entered the Face to Face classroom. My room has been a revolving door but one thing remains constant, the kids and I are a community and we've learned together to have grit and roll with technical problems that arise.”

For many schools the pandemic was the push they needed to get 1:1 technology for their kids, and for others it was the first time they learned to use the technology they already had, yet in new ways that will continue to improve their pedagogical practice when they return to the classroom, as our survey shows.

Whatever the final outcomes, one thing is for sure across the board – our educators have shown an incredible amount of adaptability and resilience during this time.

Read part 2 of this blended learning series to learn how Teacher Mary Fultz is using Kiddom with EL Education to do the Lab Rotation model in her classroom!

Kiddom seamlessly connects the most critical aspects of teaching and learning on one platform.

For the first time, educators can share and manage digital curriculum, differentiate instruction, and assess student work in one place. Learners can take assessments online, see student performance data with the click of a button, and teachers have the insight and tools they need to create individual learning paths.

 

Ready to bring digital curriculum to your school or district?

Connect with us in a 15-minute meeting to learn more about available pre-packaged curriculum, and how the Kiddom education platform can support your learning community.

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