Teachers should give students a real audience for homework assignments and incorporate admired people into projects, National Board Certified teacher Rick Wormeli writes in this blog post. Wormeli shares 13 tips intended to help teachers assign homework that will be meaningful to students, such as incorporating cultural resources like television shows and doing away with "homework passes."
Teachers in a Missouri middle school will spend less time lecturing and more time helping students with work they normally would have completed at home. Under a new policy, students will seldom be assigned homework. Officials say the change was made in response to data showing some low student grades were the result of failed or incomplete homework assignments.
Some observers estimate that about 250,000 students were kept out of school today because of swine flu fears, leading some to ask whether the U.S. is overreacting to reports that the illness is spreading. Some school districts have closed all buildings after a child has become ill, while other schools have distributed masks and other items to prevent the spread of disease.
While President Barack Obama outlined his plans for education reform during his first 100 days in office, there has been little action, according to some officials. However, Obama's plans for higher standards and rewards for quality teachers have earned him praise from educators whose schools will be seeing an influx of federal dollars.
A kindergarten teacher in Massachusetts says she uses games that include math to make the topic fun for her young students. Her students also sing while counting the number of times they jump rope or complete jumping jacks.