Black History – Free Educator Resources, Lesson Plans, and Stories

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*Swing recommends that substitute teachers get all outside teaching resources approved by the school prior to sharing with students. February is Black History Month, a time when we celebrate and acknowledge the contributions made by African-Americans to American history.  Whether you are helping to execute lesson plans, or seeking ways to increase your own knowledge, below, we share ways to … Read More

Infographic: Substitute Teachers on Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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  Swing Education has been helping over 8,000 substitute teachers nationwide navigate the impact that COVID-19 has made on how sub teach and interact with students.  Teachers around the world have transitioned to distance teaching, or adapted their classrooms to perform hybrid or on-site teaching safely and effectively. The demands on teachers and the need to support all our educators … Read More

How to Hire a Teacher for Your Learning Pod

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With pandemic pods rapidly gaining popularity, you might be scrambling to set up your own in-home learning pod. It’s a stressful time, juggling your child’s distance learning set-up while trying to work or maintain your household responsibilities at the same time. But take a deep breath! There are now resources to help you navigate pandemic pods and find the right … Read More

Complete Guide to Creating a Learning Pod

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Pandemic learning pods are popping up and if you’re a parent, you may be wondering, how do I get involved or even create my own pod? It can seem intimidating, especially with the added stress of COVID-19, but we’re here to help get you started. Check out our complete guide to create your learning pod! 1) Establish your goal and … Read More

Road to Stanford University: a Student’s Journey through the SARS Epidemic

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Social distancing from friends, classmates, and teachers is a major adjustment for students as they shelter inside from the dangers of COVID-19. Despite the benefits of social distancing, many educators worry that without equity across resources, family support, and home conditions, some students may fall behind academically as they suffer from emotional loss, trauma, and anxiety.  As we searched for … Read More

Talking to Students about Diversity and Inclusion during COVID-19

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COVID-19 has prompted many conversations around topics such as school closures, social distancing, and mental health. However, one important topic that may be getting less attention is the subject of diversity and inclusion. Historically viruses have been named or associated with a specific country, for example the Spanish Flu and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which can lead to … Read More

4 Best Ideas for Enjoying Spring Break at Home

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Sure, COVID-19 has interrupted our plans for a refreshing spring break, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to enjoy spring break at home.  Teachers, parents, and students all deserve some time to relax.  Despite the challenges to figure out distance learning, homework assignments, and childcare schedules during school closures, we all deserve a little fun this weekend. Here … Read More

How Teachers and Students Remain Positive in Midst of School Closures

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Teachers and students across the U.S. are showing what it means to be resilient during this difficult time of COVID-19 related school closures. While the immediate reaction during such abrupt transitions is often fear and confusion, schools all across the country rose above it all to find creative ways to cope with the circumstances. Here are some of our favorite … Read More

How to Talk to Students and Kids About COVID-19

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With COVID-19 all over the news and social media, students and children are sure to have their own thoughts and questions. In order to ensure the information they are believing is accurate, it is best to proactively talk to students and children about COVID-19 and how it affects them. We have put together some helpful tips and resources that will … Read More