Teachers who may be relatively close to their high-school students in age can try to support their social and emotional needs, even as teachers maintain professional boundaries, writes Michael Boyd, a new high-school physics teacher. In this blog post, Boyd shares several ways he incorporates SEL into the curriculum, including a daily check-in so students can talk about their successes and challenges.
The Higher Education Committee of 50 -- a group made up of higher education and college officials -- issued a report recommending dozens of issues for Congress to address when reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. These recommendations include simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid process and terminating higher-education tax credits in favor of reallocating funds toward Pell Grants.
Online math programs can be more engaging for some students by providing individualized lessons, but teachers should encourage classroom collaboration while demanding individual accountability, math teacher Bobson Wong writes in a response to a blog post question. Math supervisor Elissa Scillieri shares that some apps offer tools that help students dive deeper into more complex problems.
A class of sixth-grade students in a Virginia middle school are transcribing letters written by Johnny Cawthra, a clerk with American Express in France during World War I. The project, which includes 50 letters shared with the class by the Virginia War Memorial, is part of an honors writing course that has students transcribing the letters, some containing historical references, French words and cursive writing.
A rural school in Oregon offers hands-on science and technology learning among its 40 students who span ages and grades. Teacher Laura Orr teaches basic and advanced computer science to middle- and high-school students with help from an Amazon Future Engineers grant, and rotates science courses annually to expose students to subjects including chemistry, biology and physics prior to graduation.
High-school students in Washington, D.C., who themselves read below grade level, are improving their skills while tutoring elementary-school students in reading through a nonprofit organization called Reach. Officials say the program boosts reading proficiency both for the tutors and the younger students.
It may be challenging for schools to properly delete student information that they no longer need, according to a report from the Center for Democracy & Technology. The report outlines the different legal frameworks that govern how and when school districts should retain or delete student data.
In the wake of deadly shootings at two New Zealand mosques and the rise of hate incidents in US schools, some US schools are working to integrate hate prevention concepts in their curricula. Several programs have been introduced to help students identify and confront racism -- both at school and online.
The Springdale School District in Arkansas has reduced sodium in student meals by 11% by working with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The school district also has tried to buy foods lower in sodium and is offering high-sodium foods less often.
A University of Cambridge study finds that adults play a role in increasing math anxiety in children, and students experience more anxiety if presented with multiple teaching styles, Samantha Cole writes. The study also links a greater rate of anxiety to students with middle to high levels of math ability, Cole adds.
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