Some educators at a Texas elementary school are using archery lessons to teach third- through fifth-graders about math concepts such as area and perimeter. One hundred students showed up for the first archery club meeting. "It definitely helps in school because it uses the math part of the brain," fifth-grader Amy Miseli said.
There are alternatives to the book report that allow students to demonstrate what they have learned while encouraging a love of reading, writes Elena Aguilar, a transformational leadership coach in Oakland, Calif. Among her suggestions for students in this blog post are to allow them to create drawings resembling a graphic novel, come up with an alternate ending, help develop a sequel and write letters to the author.
Being confused actually can improve learning, according to researchers who say it improves efficiency and retention and also may result in deeper learning. Confusion has been shown to improve one's drive to find the right answer and lead to greater exploration in learning. This blog post, by Annie Murphy Paul, offers ways teachers can generate confusion and problem-solving, including exposure to confusing material and withholding answers.
Students at Jenkins Elementary, in Hickory, N.C., recently demonstrated how technology is used as a teaching tool at their school. Highlights of the school's Tech Week included fifth-graders using presentation software to create displays for the school's wax museum of historical figures. Meanwhile, fourth-graders explained how they are learning about cyber citizenship by posting possible tweets in the hallway outside their classroom.
Officials at a year-old Arizona elementary school are developing a magnet program with a curriculum that uses science, technology, engineering and math to solve real-world problems. The specialized STEM curriculum will be taught in classrooms that feature the latest technology and will be tested with fifth-graders next school year. If the program is deemed successful, it could be expanded to all grades the following year.