Principal Matt Renwick reflects in this blog post on a dilemma that all connected educators face -- whether to stay connected to their learning networks during the summer or take a break. He writes about balance and concludes that being a "modern learner" means that learning does not stop in June but is continuous, though it does not require an Internet connection.
Stressful learning environments, particularly ones that lack resources and in which teachers are not supported, can harm students' education, according to a recent study. In this blog, National Board Certified Teacher Anthony Cody posts an interview with one of the researchers, Catharine Warner. She says stress can harm students' attention span, as well as their ability to stay on task and transition between activities.
Teachers in Wyoming say they are preparing for the possible implementation of new state education standards based on the common core, that if approved will go into effect in the 2012-13 school year. Teachers say advance planning is necessary to ensure they do not create gaps in skills or cause students to fall behind. While teachers say the standards likely will increase rigor and challenge students, some are unsure whether all aspects of the common core will work in the classroom.
Virtual learning is continuing to grow in popularity across Florida, offering an alternative for students who are home schooled, have long term illnesses or are otherwise struggling in traditional educational settings. Many students are combining online and face to face instruction, taking online courses in foreign languages or other courses they are unable to take at their schools. Some educators, however, caution that online courses don't work for all learners.