School leaders in a Minnesota district borrowed a strategy used by private companies to help encourage teachers to lead innovation, writes Jin-Soo Huh, executive director of personalized learning at Distinctive Schools. In this commentary, he describes efforts in which educators share knowledge and collaborate during The Big Hunt for Ideas.
Fifth-graders at a Maine school immersed themselves in the Colonial era by wearing old-fashioned clothing and demonstrating jobs from the time period to other students and parents. The students worked at stations where they gave presentations about the Salem witch trials or showed visitors how to spin yarn on a loom.
Sales of Chromebooks, tablets and other devices to US schools increased by 10%, compared with the first quarter of last year, according to a report from the British consulting and research firm Futuresource. Google Chrome-based operating systems currently account for 56% of those shipped in the first quarter of 2018, the data show.
Helena, Mont., district Assistant Superintendent Greg Upham, who is set to become superintendent in Billings, says he's proud of the sense of pride of teachers and staff. The district's interim superintendent, Jack Copps, who is retiring after 55 years in education, praised Upham for always putting students' needs first.
Celebrating small wins regularly with your team can encourage them and keep them on track toward goals, writes Jennifer V. Miller. "Leaders who act as 'nourishers' providing respect, encouragement and recognition are those best poised to help their team members capitalize on their daily (or weekly) wins," she writes.
An education program at one West Virginia university aims to increase the number of teachers in science, technology, engineering and math. The school will use grant funds to organize STEM events for high-school students as well as work to persuade current education students to pursue STEM teaching careers.
Workers need to be engaged in safety processes regardless of the technology used, writes Ted Smith of Corvex Connected Safety. "From our experience, when workers are given the tools to actually become part of the safety process in real time, engagement increases almost immediately," he writes.
Educators can develop better relationships with their students by focusing on a few students every day in a deliberate way, writes Todd Finley, a professor at East Carolina University and a former K-12 teacher. In this blog post, he describes the process behind his "5x5 assessment," in which an educator contemplates questions about five students every day, then interacts with them.
Seventh-grade science teacher Meg Richard in this blog post writes about using Father's Day as a theme for learning about some of the "fathers" of science. She shares resources and lesson ideas for studying scientists such as naturalist John Muir and artist Leonardo da Vinci.
Some middle-schoolers have learned to assemble and fly drones as part of a weeklong camp held by their Idaho school. Along with flying the drones, students worked on flight simulators, studied flight dynamics and learned about career paths as drone pilots.