Leadership should be approached from the ground as a learner, not on a pedestal, writes David Penberg, an urban and international educational leader. In this blog post, Penberg shares his 20 tips to help educators become responsive leaders. Among them is to never ask people to do something you would not do, seek multiple perspectives and embrace mistakes. He also recommends leaders be strategic, inclusive and act with integrity.
The middle grades are an opportune time for teachers to engage students in lessons on topics in science, technology, engineering and math, says Anne Jolly, a former middle-grades teacher and author of the MiddleWeb blog STEM Imagineering. In recognition of Middle Level Education Month, Jolly, in this blog post, offers several tips for STEM teachers or those innovative educators teaching middle grades. She suggests giving control of learning to students, fostering curiosity and collaboration, and accepting failure and drawbacks.
Students who begin dating in middle school perform worse in school and are more likely to smoke, drink and take drugs than those who begin dating later or not at all, according to a study published in the Journal of Research on Adolescence. University of Georgia researcher Pamela Orpinas surveyed 624 students in grades 6-12 for seven years. "A likely explanation for the worse educational performance of early daters is that these adolescents start dating early as part of an overall pattern of high-risk behaviors," Orpinas said.
The creators of the new SimCityEDU, designed for sixth-grade students, expect it to be a powerful tool for teaching and learning -- helping to engage students and provide a type of formative assessment aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Students will be challenged to decide what kind of power plant to build in the town while the game assesses their choices, providing a tool for teachers to see how students' knowledge matches up with the standards.
Shane Robbins, superintendent of Northwestern Consolidated School District, says he has been impressed by the results of teachers' weekly collaboration sessions. Each Wednesday, the start of school is delayed by one hour so teachers at each school can meet to discuss student data and evaluate students' progress and needs. Officials say the meetings have informed discussions on curriculum and also allowed teachers of different subjects -- and in different schools -- to learn from each other.