More students should be playing Minecraft in the classroom, write Mark Lorch and Joel Mills, both from the University of Hull. In this commentary, they explain ways the game can be used to enhance lessons in health, geology, geography and many other subjects.
Six weeks into the school year, the honeymoon period has ended, writes sixth-grade teacher Kevin Hodgson. In this blog post, he shares his observations of his students as they become more comfortable in the classroom -- including groups he calls the Silent Squad and the Questioning Crowd.
A top priority for teachers and school leaders should be delivering effective feedback to students and staff, elementary-school principal Peter DeWitt writes in this blog post. Providing feedback to students, he writes, goes beyond praise, such as "well done," and includes goal-setting. For teachers, school leaders should focus on providing continuous, quality feedback to help them improve, DeWitt writes.
K-12 schools should collect better data on students' achievements after high school, including whether they enroll in remedial college courses or earn a degree, experts say, who add that the information will help schools prepare students better for college and the workforce. J.B. Schramm, founder and CEO of college-readiness group College Summit, is encouraging states to take the lead in collecting such data.
A new online all-girls school will offer courses and teaching tailored exclusively to female students, based on the understanding that girls learn differently than boys. The Online School for Girls will be open to students from four schools beginning in the fall, with plans for eventual global expansion.