Student-led discussions can present some challenges, such as unequal engagement, asserts Mark Wise, supervisor for curriculum and instruction. In this blog post, he shares common problems and potential solutions to help improve such discussions.
A group of educators share their advice for integrating writing into science lessons in response to a question posed by teacher and author Larry Ferlazzo. Among them is Sheila Waggoner, an elementary-school teacher in California, who shares how she engages students in writing as part of inquiry-based science lessons.
Having students create a representation of their literacy journeys -- such as from books to video games to social media -- provides valuable information about students while also allowing them to reflect and connect, National Board Certified Teacher Amber Chandler writes in this blog post. Chandler describes what she has learned from assigning this project to her college students and how she will use it in the fall with her eighth-graders.
The State Educational Technology Directors Association has updated its free tool designed to support decision-making about digital curricula. Under the new version, state and district-level officials can share best practices about digital resources.
English-language learners sometimes struggle with science terminology, writes elementary science coach Veronica Burnett. In this commentary, she recommends using the 5E model -- engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate -- to help bridge the gap.
Educators at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Studies are working to close opportunity gaps and prepare students for college and career. In this guest column, school officials detail how the public school accomplishes these goals.
Access to science resources may be lacking in some rural California school districts. The San Joaquin County Office of Education is working to expand access through a $1 million fabrication laboratory, featuring new technology and tools, such as laser cutters and design software.
Black students made up 15% of students enrolled in public schools during the 2015-16 school year, however, they accounted for 31% of students referred to police or arrested, according to a report by the US Education Department. Data also show similar disparities in suspensions and expulsions.
There are three ways educators can encourage students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math, writes high-school chemistry teacher Rob Lamb. In this commentary, he suggests exposing students to STEM careers, STEM in the real world and STEM in college.
Two North Dakota districts are collaborating to open a specialized school for elementary students with severe behavioral and mental health needs. The school would provide small classes led by a general-education teacher with supports from mental health professionals.
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