Farmington Public Schools teacher who taught remotely in a tuxedo gets vaccinated
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Teachers have had the tough task of engaging students either in-person or over a screen throughout the COVID pandemic. One of those teachers was a math teacher, who wore a tuxedo and treated remote learning like a formal affair. He works to capture the attention of his students any way he can. Steve Koponen is a teacher with Farmington Public Schools. Despite the challenges of COVID he has managed to make his most memorable year teaching even more memorably by his style of teaching.
Watch: A wellness check on Metro Detroit teachers amid COVID pandemic
There is no question they are dealing with fatigue as they face a long list of challengers amid the COVID pandemic. “I question everything I do, and if I’m doing it right,” said high school teacher Heather Chase. “I sit in my classroom, and there have been times I just sit there and cry because it’s like I’m just, I’m not doing enough. But I feel like I am doing so much, I’m working so hard,” said Chase. Starting Nov. 18 in Michigan, all in-person learning at high schools, colleges and universities has been banned due to a state health order.
Is a 96% attendance rate a bright spot in a pandemic stricken school year? Not exactly, as remote learning skews annual report card.
“We have to help high school students and career changers see the benefits of becoming teachers. Right now, teaching is a tough sell for anyone," she said. "We need to help people see all of the upsides to it.”chicagotribune.com
Grosse Pointe educator wins national award for teaching students how to run a business
GROSSE POINTE, Mich. A Grosse Pointe Park teacher is getting national recognition for turning learning into a real life business. Susan Howey is teaching her fourth grade students how to run their own business. Their purpose is to blow up your favorite people or pets to cheer them on -- but the real purpose is much more than that. The project has won Howey a Leavy Award, a national award given to teachers for excellence in private enterprise education. Howey said she hopes to continue the business with her new fourth grade students even if classes go online this fall.
Cleary University now offering degree program for educators to learn how to teach online
DETROIT As teachers around Michigan work to navigate the uncertain times of the coronavirus (COVID-19), online learning will continue to increase in popularity. As a result, universities are coming up with curriculums to help teachers educate online. Teaching online is not something that we foresee -- or at this point, most foresee -- going away any time soon, said Emily Barnes, president and CEO at Cleary University. Thats why Cleary University is launching a new degree program: MBA in e-learning design and instructional technology management. While teachers learn to teach at home, parents will continue to learn how to let their children learn at home, too.
How these Detroit police officers work to keep kids off streets with hip-hop
They patrol the streets by day, but in their free time theyre inside a local dance studio teaching kids dance, hoping to keep them off the streets. At just 7 years old, little Azariah is learning the ins and outs of hip-hop dance. Instead of giving them tickets we get to know them more."It's beneficial because it's bringing hip-hop to Detroit and kids love to dance you know?" But Detroit Culture Company Inc. is still hard at work cleaning up the city, educating the youth about Juneteenth and even hosting a socially distanced food giveaway train. For more information on Detroit Culture Company and if youd like to get involved, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/DCC313/For more Your Neighborhood stories, go here.