Rise & Shine: Researchers find video-chatting isn’t the best way to engage toddlers

Good morning, 

What do you get when you put students from 30 different countries speaking a combined 20 languages in one school? For some, quite a challenge. 

But for ninth-grade math teacher Ethan Hoffman, who was recently named teacher of the year at Indianapolis Public Schools, an international classroom is a place of promise and potential: a venue where abstract concepts like linear functions have practical benefits for students who are learning English. 

I caught up with Hoffman to learn more about his role in the IPS Newcomer program, an initiative that tailors education around local immigrants and refugees, and his approach to education in the latest installment in Chalkbeat’s “How I Teach” series. Read on to see his thoughts. 

We also have a report from our Memphis bureau about new research that shows video-chatting isn't as effective for young learners as face-to-face conversations. 

Thanks for reading, 

— Erica Irish, reporter

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HOW I TEACH: How Indianapolis teacher Ethan Hoffman uses a math lesson to inspire his immigrant and refugee students learning English. Chalkbeat

Learn more about Indianapolis Public Schools’ Newcomer Program, where Hoffman teaches, in this feature from 2017. Chalkbeat

DIGITAL LEARNING: Busy parents of toddlers are increasingly turning to remote video chat to interact with and teach their children, but a new study found that it can’t replace face-to-face interaction. Chalkbeat

PERSPECTIVE: Tindley Summit Academy Principal David McGuire says Democratic State Senator Eddie Melton’s education tour with State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick is “putting students first.” Indy K12

Melton and McCormick launched their bipartisan listening tour last week with conversations about charters, pay, and diversity. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL SAFETY: Indiana schools can now apply for funding from the state’s Secured School Safety Grant program until Aug. 2. WFYI

GOING GREEN: Here’s why a Plainfield Middle School student spent months researching and building an app that encourages people to recycle. Fox59