So How Are You Holding Up?

At the start of the school year, no one could have predicted where things stand now—nor can we predict where things will stand in 2 weeks or 2 months. At the moment all we can do is be patient and encourage one another.

With that in mind, this week’s prize is a book packed full of encouragement, one that both you and your students (whenever you see them again!) will enjoy. Rise Up: Ordinary Kids With Extraordinary Stories (Andrews McMeel Publishing) celebrates courageous, innovative kids around the world. To win this book, submit a comment to this blog by Thursday, April 2, with one encouraging word for your fellow teachers. Repeats are fine; just share the word that pops into your mind that will encourage others. One lucky teacher will be randomly selected to win this week’s prize. Congratulations to Laura, who is the winner of our prize.

Whether your school is closed already or you’re anticipating a closure soon, here are some outstanding options to help you keep kids learning during this crazy, scary time.

Epic! is always free for teachers, and now educators can invite parents to sign up for free access too. Simply sign up for an educator account or log in if you already have one, go to the Roster Page, and click “Send Invite.” Parent access is totally free and lasts until June 30. Click here to learn more.

Kahoot is also always free for teachers. But right now you can upgrade to a Kahoot Premium account for free. The premium account is designed to be used as part of distance learning. Introduce new topics, review familiar topics, and bring game-based learning fun to your lessons online. Find out more at

Socrates automatically adjusts to each child’s learning—and this platform (which has more than a million questions and normally costs $29.99 per month) is now free to schools. Students play games, earn badges and tickets, and find hidden rewards. Socrates works on any device. The free offer lasts through summer; visit

Whether you’re a current Studies Weekly customer or not, you are now eligible to use the online platform free. Studies Weekly covers grade-specific social studies and science. The offer includes student editions, teacher editions, lesson plans, and assessments. Learn more at

Feel free to post other free resources you’ve tried, too!


PS: Our current Learning magazine sweepstakes end next week. Click here to enter now.

37 thoughts on “So How Are You Holding Up?

  1. Praying. Using technology to stay connected to my personal family and my school family. Taking one day at a time, as always. 🙂

  2. I recently had a friend comment how sad the situation is for her high school senior and how her daughter was going to miss out on so many memorable graduation activities and ceremonies. We thought about starting a nationwide GoFundMe page for high school seniors so they can enjoy some special activities once deemed safe to do so. We were thinking, let’s not let this current situation bring us down, “let’s rise up!”

  3. Move forward! or get run over! That’s what I am telling myself. Good thing is I only have to take one step at a time!

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