Some online class sizes have increased during remote learning, with teachers reporting as many as 60 students in one class. Chin-Hsi Lin of the University of Hong Kong says there is no "one-size-fits-all" class size but recommends that online classes be about the same as teachers would have when teaching in person.
More than 80% of students in 13 states have adequate at-home resources to support remote instruction, according to analysis from the National Education Association. The states with the highest percentages are New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut, while Mississippi, Arkansas and New Mexico have the most students without access to remote learning tools.
A public school district in Texas and a private school in the same area are using funding from private donors to invest in measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on campus. Officials say the funds have allowed for universal screening and in-house contact tracing.
A high-school social studies and psychology teacher in Minnesota teaches students about the four stages of sleep by having them actually sleep in the classroom. Isaac Harms, who posted a photo of the sleep study lesson to his Instagram account, says having students "experience information" helps them retain it.
Students in the Boston Public Schools will attend remote classes beginning today as the officials worry about coronavirus data in the city. Positivity rates have increased in the last week, prompting Mayor Marty Walsh to close schools where a small number of students attended two days a week and scuttle this week's plans for K-3 students to start in-person learning.
Prekindergarten and kindergarten students are being exposed to the Michif language as part of a play-based learning program by the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan in Canada. This article shines light on the people behind efforts to preserve the Michif language, including 80-year-old Jeanne Pelletier, who is sharing the language, a mix of Cree and French, and culture with students in the program.
A Gary Paulsen novel was the impetus for sixth-grade students from Boaz Middle School in Alabama enhancing their STEM education by going outside to build temporary shelters, says teacher Sara Allen. The middle-schoolers had to follow certain criteria, using only tarps and items found in nature, all while learning about survival skills, cooperation and leadership as they read about in "Hatchet," Allen says.
Female scholars weren't as productive as their male counterparts in the early months of the pandemic, a study comparing the submissions of papers to Elsevier academic journals finds. The gender gap was widest in health and medicine, and women in intermediate or advanced career stages were affected the most, a trend that researchers attributed to the likelihood of increased family care duties during the lockdown.
NASA has released images from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft taken during the mission's historic collection of samples from the asteroid Bennu. Images show the moment of touchdown, the robotic arm making contact with the asteroid, a shot of nitrogen gas that kicked up dust, collection activity and the craft's retreat.
High-school math and business technology teacher Susanna Post has been named Arkansas Teacher of the Year, thanks to her extensive involvement that includes creating the school's first coding club, assisting with district math curriculum development, and leading her school's Culture Project Week. She credits some of her success as a teacher to an empathetic view of students -- "understanding them and what they need to learn."
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