Teachers can sow seeds of doubt among students that can drive educational classroom discussions, asserts Jackie Walsh, author and lead consultant to the Alabama Best Practices Center. In this article, she shares ways to use doubt as a teaching tool that leads to deeper learning.
A two-week summer camp at four Arkansas schools combined professional development for teachers and writing instruction for about 100 students. Offered by the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project, the camp includes two literacy specialists teaching workshops to teachers who then applied the strategies to guiding students through writing workshops.
Engineering projects can be integrated into any subject and can reinvigorate instruction, writes Liza Rickey, a science, technology, engineering and math curriculum specialist. In this blog post, Rickey describes how to design engineering lessons and shares resources and ideas for lessons for all grade levels.
High-school students who are taught a subject such as math by teachers who either majored or minored in the same subject are more likely to graduate from college, according to a study of 6,000 students and their teachers across the country by a researcher at the University of Missouri. Researcher Se Woong Lee noted, "Highly-qualified teachers are more likely to expand students' desires to learn and succeed."
A teacher's classroom presence is a key part of classroom management, asserts high-school teacher Sol Henik. In this blog post, he shares several ways that teachers can work to develop presence, including through relationship-building and by demonstrating confidence.
Some states are not adhering to requirements for subgroups of students under their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, civil rights advocates say. At an event on Tuesday, the National Urban League, the Education Trust and UnidosUS released a set of principles aimed at ensuring vulnerable populations of students receive the resources they need to succeed.
High-school students in Kentucky soon could be eligible to earn certifications that would allow them to work in the agriculture pesticide application industry after graduation. The certification program is a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Education and Department of Agriculture.
Retiring Georgia high-school principal Judy McNeill is being praised by staff and faculty for creating a positive atmosphere that emphasizes academic achievement. McNeill, who has worked in education for 42 years, with 30 years at the high school, also was given the Educator of the Year award by the Atlanta Meetup Optimist Club.
Eighth-graders at a Massachusetts middle school recently presented their "I Am We" projects in which they reflected on themselves and shared how they plan to address community and world issues, including hunger, bicycling and AIDS awareness. Students talked with local officials about their jobs while brainstorming solutions for social issues and neighborhood improvement.
Students in adaptive physical-education classes in a Virginia school district ran the equivalent of a marathon through a virtual program called Achilles Kids "Run for Fun." Students ran or walked a few laps each day that totaled the 26.2 miles -- the distance of a full marathon -- and received T-shirts, medals and other prizes throughout the process.