Deeper Learning in Science for Math and ELA ‘Learning Loss’

One way to address the pandemic-caused learning loss in math and English Language Arts (ELA) is through deeper learning in science!

Earth Day, Tyto-Style!

To celebrate Earth Day this year, we’ve compiled a few sustainability-focused activities you can do with Tyto Online! ACTIVITY 1 Bring a Planet to Lifein our Weather & Climate Sandbox In the ORB, students generate their own, lifeless planet and bring it to life by editing tilt, rotation, and air masses. After stabilizing their planet,

Repurposing the Family Tree

Our mutations storyline, ‘In Your Blood,’ features Arthur, a boy who looks into his genetic history to see where his gene for sickle cell anemia originated. To illustrate the inheritance of the sickle cell gene through the generations of Arthur’s family, we created this family tree: You may notice that there are actually two family

Our First Anti-Racist Storyline.

Research shows that when students learn from a standard biology curriculum about racial differences in genetic disease prevalence it can unintentionally increase genetic biases that are related to racist misconceptions. If biology education is a context where these biases develop unintentionally, then it should also be a place where they are challenged intentionally.  Donovan, Et

Culturally Relevant Phenomena for Antiracist Science Teaching

Culturally Relevant Phenomena for Antiracist Science Teaching Anti-racist teaching requires a student-centered approach. Instruction should include active engagement in three-dimensional learning, formative assessment activities with feedback, and collaboration and communication. To make the content meaningful for learners, we should capitalize on our students’ interests. In this post, I’ll share examples of relevant phenomena to help

Introducing Observe-Wonder-Learn (OWL) Board Routine [Updated Jan 2021]

Introducing Observe-Wonder-Learn (OWL) Board Routine [Updated Jan 2021] You probably use routines in your daily life as well as your instruction. Routines make our lives a little easier. Routines are predictable and dependable. Being able to anticipate tasks promotes a feeling of safety for children, especially important during times of uncertainty. Equally important, routines make

Building Relationships with Students When Teaching Remotely

*A version of this blog post is also published on the Tyto Professional Learning Community on Mighty Network. With the new school year quickly approaching, I thought I’d share some ideas on how to build relationships remotely. I recently had to think about this with a Virtual STEM Summer Camp I ran. I think we

Anti-Racist Ways to Teach Science

In response to the outcry about systematic racism and police violence against black people in our nation today, many educators are wondering what they can do in their classrooms to create a more just society. This list of suggestions is by no means comprehensive, but does contain actions that can be taken by all science

New Teacher Calendar & Student Account Creation Improvements

Assignment Calendar We’re excited to introduce a brand-new Calendar page as an easier way to keep track of your assignments that have not yet been completed by students. View it in the Teacher Dashboard. Visual Organization Each assignment will show up as a tag on the calendar, visualizing the order, type, and frequency of your

Our Plan for Supporting Remote Teaching

First, we hope that you stay safe and healthy during this pandemic. Please take care of yourselves, your families, and community.  We know this is a very difficult time for many people in communities impacted by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Our team’s goal is to support the educators and family of students during this time,