Research shows that metacognitive activities -- those that promote the ability to think about thinking -- can benefit children as young as age 3. This blog post reviews recent research and offers tips to promote metacognition in elementary, middle and high schools.
In 2016, there were about 1.7 million US home-schooled students, according to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics. Among the reasons parents choose to home-school -- many through online providers -- are concern about the school environment and a desire for a nontraditional approach to their child's education.
Nearly three-quarters of colleges and universities say they've shifted their organizational structures to focus on retaining students and helping them graduate, according to research by Unit4, a provider of higher-ed student management systems. The study found that 62% of institutions had revamped their student portals and other self-service apps to improve how students use these interfaces.
To celebrate Thanksgiving, educators interviewed for this article reveal the lessons they are grateful to have learned from their students. Middle-school social studies teacher AJ Bianco says a student taught him to just be himself and let his "nerd flag fly."
Game design can help students engage in learning to expand and demonstrate their knowledge of academic content from science to language arts, some teachers say. North Carolina English teacher Thomas Garrou's students created board games based on epic characters from literature, including "Beowulf."
Students at an Illinois middle school recently took part in a Junior Achievement Career Fair in which they were encouraged to think about jobs and the future. The theme was "Start with the End in Mind," and students heard from presenters such as analytical chemist Kimberly Roewe, who urged them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
A Chicago high school once known for low performance and gang violence has boosted student achievement and graduation rates with skills-based learning. Under principal Juan Ocon's leadership, the school reworked grading practices and focused on helping students master specific skills.
Students should be exposed to computer science and hacking at an early age, asserts Carolina Zarate, a student at Carnegie Mellon University. In this commentary, she shares how early exposure can help prepare students for careers in the growing field of computer security.
The US Department of Education initially found that Michigan's Every Student Succeeds Act plan was not complete enough to review -- making it one of few submitted plans not approved. The plan has been resubmitted and is expected to go through peer review.
The US Senate Appropriations Committee is considering a spending bill that could reduce funding by about 25% for a college tuition-aid program in Washington, D.C. Officials with the mayor's office say they will "fight to save full funding for this program."
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