Karen McDonald, a middle-school English-language arts teacher, says anonymous peer-editing in the classroom has helped engage students in the writing and editing process. In this article, McDonald shares how the approach works and how she has worked with students to help them craft constructive feedback of the work of peers without knowing who wrote the papers.
Students from South Dakota and North Dakota recently met to compete in the Lakota Language Bowl. Forty-one teams tested their skills in four competitions -- including speed vocabulary and media through technology -- in which they earned points while using the Lakota language.
Teachers at a Montana middle school received an $18,500 grant to create a music laboratory where students can compose on computers. Students are learning to combine musical elements, create pieces using different instruments and add music to presentations.
When starting times at two Seattle schools were pushed from 7:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., 10th-graders got 34 more minutes of sleep on average and their grades increased by an average of 4.5%, researchers reported in the journal Science Advances. "I see less first-period tardiness," says high-school teacher Cynthia Jatul, "and far fewer students sleeping in class."
Seniors in teacher Paul Kelley's Minnesota high-school class are applying algebra concepts by using cryptography and ciphers to create, and break, coded messages. Students who take the course receive high-school credit, as well as three credits at the University of Minnesota.
More out-of-school programs in Chicago report using technology for active learning than do schools, which more often use technology for passive learning, according to a study from the nonprofit Chicago Learning Exchange. They surveyed 250 organizations that provide out-of-school programs and also found that more programs provide introductions to technology and fewer teach advanced skills.
The Indiana State Board of Education has recommended that lawmakers conduct more oversight over the state's virtual charter schools. The recommendations also include suggestions for virtual schools about improving student engagement.
An annual survey of federal employees shows that morale among workers in the US Department of Education has declined by 12.4 percentage points -- with job satisfaction dropping from 59.7% in 2017 to 47.3% in 2018. While department spokeswoman Elizabeth Hill says changes made by Secretary Betsy DeVos have been "difficult" for some staff, some career employees have privately complained that DeVos disregards their expertise.
Ohio English teacher Bethany Black's high-school freshmen wrote opinion articles for a newspaper in which they compared the challenges of being a teen today with those in previous generations. Black said the assignment provides students with an authentic audience and includes an interview with someone from another generation.
High-school students in Oregon are learning math concepts such as volume, height, width and quadratic equations through an aquaponics project where they raise fish and grow fresh vegetables. The students have sold some of their vegetables and are gearing up to add a larger system, so they can distribute more vegetables to the community.