Each month, we share five things we love as part of our Footnotes Newsletter. Take a look at some of our favorite English language arts resources, videos, and more we found in July!

1. How to Teach Digital Citizenship

With many schools adopting remote learning for the foreseeable future, it’s crucial for students to learn about the importance of digital citizenship. In this article for Tech & Learning, Lisa Nielsen outlines how educators can teach students about participating safely and responsibly in the online classroom.

2. 5 Ways to Make Those New Vocabulary Words "Stick"

Not every student can remember new vocabulary words with ease. Christina at The Daring English Teacher shares five creative activities designed to improve vocabulary word retention. All of these engaging assignments can be adapted for online learning.

3. Teaching in Troubled Times: A Q&A With a Trauma Expert

For students of all ages, navigating the ongoing tribulations of the COVID-19 pandemic can be a distressing experience. In this article for the National Education Policy Center, Elizabeth Dutro, a professor of education at the University of Colorado at Boulder, discusses the realistic ways educators can address students’ trauma as the new school year begins.

4. 12 Ways to Build Literacy in the Secondary Classroom

Recognizing that older students don’t build literacy skills in the same ways as younger students, Lauralee Moss set out to determine which methods work best in the secondary classroom. Head over to her blog, The Language Arts Classroom, to learn about her discoveries!

5. 8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online

Many of you can attest that not every student was eager to learn once schools transitioned to distance learning. Catlin Tucker is here to help you solve that problem. Visit her blog to browse her selection of strategies designed to engage students in active learning online.