Sixth-grade students in an Asheville, N.C., school recently researched historical events, wrote skits about what they learned and performed the short plays for their classmates, says teacher DeLana Parker. The short performances, Parker says, give students a fun way to learn and show what they've learned about an event in history.
States are using creative ways to fill substitute teacher positions amid higher teacher absences due to the coronavirus and a severe shortage of substitutes. In New Mexico, the National Guard and state employees are being tapped as substitutes, while in Texas and Michigan parents are being recruited.
Wordle, the free word game that has become ubiquitous on social media, can also be used in the classroom to great effect. In addition to vocabulary and spelling knowledge, solving the Wordle word of the day requires strategy, using the process of elimination, and logical thinking, says Esther Keller, M.L.S. Librarian at Marine Park JHS 278 in Brooklyn. "I find it's just a good way to use the brain," she adds.
Tech & Learning magazine has named the winners of the Awards of Excellence: Best of 2021 contest. The contest focused on outstanding products that supported education this past year no matter the learning environment, whether face-to-face, remote, or anything in between. Eligible products included hardware, software, curriculum, and more, all divided by grade levels to make it easier to find the solutions you need.
Factile is a quiz-based platform that's designed to be instantly recognizable from game shows, making it easy to use for students and educators alike. This system is designed specifically to look like Jeopardy, minus the right is wrong answer system. This keeps things simple with a free option to get you started immediately. But there is also a premium model that adds in more features to make the whole thing even more immersive and fun.
The Council of Chief State Schools Officers on Wednesday announced the four finalists for this year's Teacher of the Year award. Two of the four are National Board Certified Teachers: Whitney Aragaki, a high-school science teacher in Hawaii, and Joseph Welch, an eighth-grade US history teacher in Pittsburgh.
Students with disabilities get a taste of the spotlight through the Penguin Project, which pairs students with peer mentors to prepare for roles in stage productions. The Quad Cities chapter is preparing to perform "The Little Mermaid Jr." in Rock Island, Ill.
South Dakota nonprofit Teachwell Solutions is helping students with disabilities gain the skills they need to succeed in the adult world. The Strive Program offers both college prep and career training courses tailored to each student's needs, says transition coordinator Janae Sturma.
Teachers are schools' greatest asset, and to properly support them there are four key steps that school leaders can take to ease the burden on educators, writes Stephanie Burroughs, a curriculum leader and administrator in K-12 education in Massachusetts. In this commentary, Burroughs suggests celebrating the teaching profession and providing instructional support.
New Mexico aims to be a model for the nation as it works to overhaul its social studies education standards. The effort seeks to ensure the state's civics, history and geography curricula are more inclusive of the state's population, including how the legacy of Spanish conquistadors is taught.
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