Teachers can customize students' learning using what educator Joe Hirsch refers to as "fliperentiated" instruction -- the combination of differentiation and flipped instruction. In this blog post, he shares tips for adopting this method, which he contends will provide more time for teachers to personalize lessons and engage students.
Indiana School Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Republican state Sen. Susan Glick, of LaGrange, on Monday -- Veterans Day -- announced a plan to help military veterans in the state transition to become K-12 teachers. Under the bipartisan Second Service plan, military veterans would be eligible for scholarships, and their military experience would qualify them for college credits.
With limited resources and teachers under increased pressure to improve students' scores on standardized tests, the arts largely has taken a backseat to core academic courses, writes Bruce E. Whitacre, executive director of the National Corporate Theatre Fund. In this blog post, he writes about the inclusion of Ohio's Classroom Matinee Touring Program in the Impact Creativity Innovation Program, which utilizes interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to theater education.
Brunswick County, N.C., schools for the second year are using the popularity of March Madness-style competition to excite middle-school students about reading. The program allows students to use computers to vote on their favorite literary characters, including Katniss Everdeen, Percy Jackson, Bella Swanson and others. The project helps encourage dialogue among students about which characters are the best and also is the basis for engaging classroom lessons, reading teacher Ginny Pridgen said.
The heightened focus on school security following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut has led some teachers and administrators to enroll in self-defense training. In Washington state, such courses have drawn between 10 and 15 participants seeking to learn tae kwon do techniques. Krav Maga techniques are being taught to educators in Decatur, Ala., and officials in Springfield, Mass., have decided to make self-defense training mandatory -- taught by the police department -- for administrators and optional for teachers and other staff.