To start the school year on the right foot, teachers should maintain their sense of humor and enthusiasm, writes Ed DeRoche, director of the Character Development Center at the University of San Diego. In this blog post, he has culled ideas from other sources and his own personal observations to encourage other educators to, among other things, collaborate and cooperate with peers.
Somerset Middle School in Massachusetts has been awarded a grant from the Greater Fall River Development Corp. to purchase an Elmo document camera for each classroom. Parents applied for the grant, and the school will receive $20,000 for the technology under the condition it gains $5,000 in matching funds. The school will contribute $2,000, and the School Department will provide the remaining amount.
High-school history teacher Anne McLeod of Nova Scotia visited France this summer to view the battlefields that she has taught students about for years. The tour of Vimy Ridge and other historical sites will help McLeod and others make history lessons more meaningful. "When I show them the tombstone of the 16-year-old Canadian who died over there — he's younger than some of the kids in that class will be — and the 19-year-old and the 20-year-old ... I can make it so much more personal," McLeod said.
Civil rights activists, including Carolyn McKinstry, who lost friends in the 1963 Alabama church bombing, spoke during the recent Fifty Years of Struggle event, held on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Activists urged young people to get an education and take personal responsibility to inspire change.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan responded to questions from Salman Khan recently on Google Hangout -- primarily focusing on education technology and the future of education. "Technology can help to strengthen teaching," Duncan told Khan, adding, "Technology is never going to replace great teachers." Duncan and Khan agreed that the current high-school model is outdated, and Duncan called for new requirements, such as computer science.