Steve Barkley Launches New Podcast Series to Support Parents During School Closures

One of the best ways that we can set our students up for successful with distance learning is by looking for ways to support parents and guardians who are now assisting their children in learning at home. There are many online educational resources available, but today we’re going to share something a little different —… Continue Reading >

Educators Given Free Access to Wistia’s Video Hosting and Soapbox

As students make the change to at-home classrooms, parents transition to work-from-home life and homeschooling — teachers are making an even bigger adjustment: finding ways to deliver instruction and connect with students outside of the classroom. Luckily, technology provides plenty of ways for teachers to stay connected to students, whether it’s through Google Classroom, social… Continue Reading >

Working at Home for Teachers: 7 Best Practices to Ease the Transition for You and Your Students

COVID-19 has created unprecedented changes to how teachers and their students are finishing the 2019-2020 school year. Almost overnight we’ve moved from face-to-face classes to a distance learning environment. Even though you don’t get to physically see your students every day, they need you to guide them, provide structured assignments, and be a resource until… Continue Reading >

Resources from Fred Rogers Productions to Help Families During COVID-19

When Fred Rogers was a child, he spent a lot of time inside due to asthma. He felt isolated physically and emotionally, which, in turn, made him feel sad and scared. Now, more than ever, we may all be experiencing some of the same feelings that young Freddie Rogers felt. Isolated. Sad. Scared. Stressed. Angry…. Continue Reading >

FREE Online Educational Resources to Share with Students and Parents

As educators ourselves, we know that planning lessons for a regular day in the classroom can sometimes be a challenge. And now with many schools implementing distance learning in the wake of COVID-19, teachers are working overtime to provide communication, instructional materials, and seamless learning for students. In response to school closings across the country,… Continue Reading >

Ask Steve Barkley: Teacher Modeling

Back by popular demand, Steve Barkley is back to answer your questions. This week we’re focusing on the instructional strategy of modeling. Q: I’m a 4th grade science teacher in a public school located in Rochester, NY. I find myself using the instructional strategy of modeling many times throughout the course of the school year…. Continue Reading >

COVID-19 and PLS On-Site Courses

(Updated 3/16/2020) At PLS Classes, our first concern is the safety and well-being of our employees, instructors, and class participants amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We are paying close attention to policies that are being established by our partnering colleges and universities, as well as local and state governments. Below is the latest information on PLS… Continue Reading >

Five Ways to Teach Your Students to Appreciate and Embrace Our Differences

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” ― Maya Angelou The classroom is a great place to stimulate discussions of various perspectives and help young people to grow up appreciating and… Continue Reading >

Five Stress Busters for Your Students

How is your stress level? What about the stress level among your students? Talk to any of your family or friends, and they may share with you feelings of stress. According to WebMD, adults often cite factors such as work, childcare, relationships, and financial pressures as stress stimuli (Goldberg, 2018). Your students may be feeling… Continue Reading >