Career planning, education, working, budgeting, shopping, family needs and other aspects of adulthood were all part of the lessons seniors at Tennessee's Riverdale High School learned recently. They were participants in the "On My Own" workshop, a statewide program sponsored by the University of Tennessee's Department of Family Consumer Sciences, which seeks to help students learn about economics and financial management.
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's efforts to improve civics education across the country received a sizable endorsement recently when the Arizona Department of Education announced its support for the web-based iCivics program developed by O'Connor. She helped launch iCivics in 2009 after learning that civics is no longer a required part of all schools' social studies curriculum.
Teachers considering a large-scale project for their students should avoid feeling overwhelmed by the task and start by preparing over the summer, suggests teacher Noah Zeichner. In this blog post, he details the steps and work behind the first annual Water Ecology & Sustainability Team Project. Zeichner, a social studies teacher, writes about the benefits of his own hybrid role, in which a portion of his time at school was devoted to work outside of the classroom -- affording more time to create a successful project.
Students in an Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics class at West Milford High School in New Jersey have started a project that teacher Greg Matlosz says he expects will continue long after they graduate -- a catalog of alumni who serve in the military. The WMHS Military Alumni Project participants are gathering information about each person and eventually will post it on a website they are designing.
Wisconsin eighth-grader Max Merrill has started a blog and a clothing line called MeInfinity to help other students who are victims of bullying remain true to themselves. Merrill, who had gained weight because of his asthma, was picked on throughout elementary school and into middle school until he joined the football and baseball teams. "I just learned that nothing's really wrong with me, it's just the people who are doing it," Merrill said.