There are six primary categories of students -- subject lovers, emotionals, hand raisers, social butterflies, teacher responders and deep thinkers -- according to a report released this week by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Researchers suggest that teachers may need to alter their strategies to engage students in each group.
New Hampshire has adopted a teacher-driven approach as the state moves toward competency-based education. In districts piloting Performance Assessment of Competency Education, teams of teachers develop common tasks for students to complete and students have to show they understand the content.
The International Society for Technology in Education conference is underway this week, and several companies have announced notable updates and new tools. Among them are the launch of an IT Help Desk for K-12 and higher-education institutions from SchoolDude and updates from Google and Microsoft.
More than 6,000 students representing all 50 states showed off their career and technical education skills at the recent SkillsUSA national competition in Kentucky. Participants competed in categories such as robotics, automotive technology and aviation maintenance.
Minnesota high-school principal David Lund, who is retiring after 33 years in education, says he became a principal so he could better affect student learning and create more opportunities for students. Lund, in this Q&A, notes that social media has brought both new challenges and opportunities to principals.
There are five practical ways that teachers can use to help students improve learning and promote long-term success, assert co-authors Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers. In this blog post, they share several strategies, including taking brain breaks and teaching students how to test themselves.
School districts across the country are using machine translation, human translation or some combination of both to help bridge the barriers for English-language learners. Some districts are using Google's Website Translator plug-in, while others have adopted mobile apps such as TalkingPoints.
K-12 schools and community colleges in California will receive $3.1 billion more in state funding under a budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The budget also increases legislative oversight of the University of California president's budget and adds more spaces for both undergraduate and graduate students in the university system.
More students in New York City are enrolling in college, but a report finds that many lower-income students are dropping out. The report from the Research Alliance for New York City Schools points to life challenges, the overwhelming costs of college and a lack of academic preparation as possible reasons for this trend.
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