Managing The Covid Crisis and Teacher Shortages
As Colleges and K-12 institutions struggle to manage the responsibility of educating students while mitigating the current situation, GradeStrides, LLC lab manuals and activity books, specializing in math and science investigations using everyday materials are a fantastic, forward-thinking pedagogical approach.
Many schools have non-science certified teachers and substitutes "covering" science courses. These instructors often don't know how to use sophisticated science software or probeware, or don't feel comfortable with safety procedures of traditional laboratory investigations. As a result, students are left computer clicking their way through lab simulations, video lectures and worksheets. This is not science. GradeStrides Math and Science Products using Everyday Materials can help provide simple, hands-on learning so that students don't continue to suffer through this pandemic.
Whether your school will complete the entire semester online, start online and transfer to seated when cases subside, or start seated and manage quarantined students, the Course Guide Books and Beyond the Lab Manuals will ensure students are actually performing hands-on math and science investigations with everyday materials found around their homes, at a general store or a home improvement store.
Students will not just click through simulations on flat computer screens. They will use chemicals and food from the kitchen, items from the garage, and office supplies. Students will not be asked to spend money on unnecessary lab supplies. The items required are usually found within a typical home or inexpensively purchased. Measurements are carried out using kitchen cooking supplies, garage tools or student designed and calibrated measuring devices. While these Learning Materials began development years prior to the pandemic, they have become exceptionally helpful to teachers around the globe as they attempt to offer authentic math and science experiences to students learning from home, from teachers in other subject areas, from substitutes, from community volunteers, or from parents.