Students who have time for contemplative reflection during the school day are better able to retain what they learn, writes Dana Weeks, head of Germantown Friends School. In this blog post, she shares how her own school ensures students have time to be silent with their thoughts.
A one-on-one laptop program in a North Carolina school district had a much more limited effect on students' academic performance than was previously thought, according to a study co-authored by Marie Hull, an economist at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The study shows that students who received the laptops read less -- only 40 minutes per day, down from 45 minutes.
Colleges and universities can improve student outcomes by implementing a "purpose first" philosophy that focuses on providing career assessments and guided pathways to help students prepare for the workforce, according to a report from Complete College America. CCA official Dhanfu Elston says it's vitally important for low-income and first-generation students to have career information integrated into their studies.
Math students at one Kentucky elementary school used multiplication, division, area and perimeter calculation to figure out how many Post-It Notes their teacher would need to create Halloween-themed portraits on the library windows. Teacher Tyler Watts, who has done other Post-It projects at the school, eventually used 5,982 notes to create his portraits.
A Kansas elementary school with a student body that speaks more than 50 languages is helping refugee and immigrant students learn English and adjust to going to school -- some students are in school for the first time -- in the US. Educators are teaching students concepts and how to use tools, including pencils and scissors, that others may take for granted.
High-schoolers in a California district are enrolled in career pathway programs, so they can prepare for careers in health care, technology and culinary arts, among others. Steve Boyle, Escondido Union High School District superintendent, says the goal is to help students see the connection between what they learn in school and their future careers.
A South Dakota school district is preparing middle-schoolers for future workforce needs by introducing two enrichment classes: Spanish and science, technology, engineering and math. Students tackle coding, robotics and technology in the STEM class, and the Spanish class is intended to expose students to language to prepare them for high-school study.
A Viking ship buried deep beneath an ancient, unexcavated cemetery in Norway has been revealed by radar scanning, according to the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research. Archaeologists also found evidence of five longhouses in the area, which is near a burial mound approximately 1,500 years old.
New university department deans should be careful not to favor their field over others -- but not ignore it either -- writes Texas Tech University Dean David Perlmutter. In this commentary, he advises deans to give attention to all programs equally and find people within the department who will help them complete needed tasks and assignments.
Educators can help prepare students for the future by demonstrating how important is to "investigate the world," asserts Charle LaMonica, director of World View, a public service program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. In this commentary, LaMonica shares how students benefited from a teacher's trip to the Dominican Republic in partnership with the Global Youth Leadership Institute.
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