Some Vermont middle-school students are learning real-life uses for their lessons through a curriculum that focuses on practical applications, such as stonework, textiles and woodworking. "We have been looking at heat and light in physics right now," said teacher Aaron Heyerdahl. "We have talked at length about the practical applications for this in the real world, such as heat-recovery systems for a house, steam-generating systems for a boiler and hot air balloons."
Texas lawmakers are hoping to attract more teachers to math and science through tuition assistance that would go to educators who pledge to work in the state's most underperforming schools. It is expected that Texas will have a shortage of more than 11,000 certified math and science teachers by 2012.
A program in 76 schools in Broward County, Fla., integrates technology into academic courses, a practice that teachers say makes students more involved in the lessons. One project for students in the program was to research an assigned topic, film short movies and edit them using iMovie software.
Researchers report that children with ADHD may have more inconsistent short-term memory than their peers. The study may help explain why some children with ADHD are able to focus well on some days but are more distracted on others, the lead author said.
A community partnership with five companies is helping special educators better prepare older students with special needs for the work force. Students are placed in a job and taught skills that they will need to keep that position after they finish school.