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12/7/2018

Seventh-grade students at a Tennessee middle school are flying drones to learn about science, technology, engineering and math concepts. Teacher James Mitchell says working with drones helps students learn many skills, including troubleshooting and how to work in groups, which could be useful in college or a career.

12/7/2018

Teachers in Indiana could be denied significant pay raises for at least the next two years under a proposal from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, who says he wants to study the issue first. His legislative agenda also calls for cutting teacher performance bonuses and holding the line on prekindergarten funding.

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12/7/2018

The US Department of Agriculture said an upcoming final rule will scale back school nutrition standards, reducing whole-grain requirements and allowing low-fat chocolate milk. The rule, to be issued later this month, also will give schools additional time to meet sodium-level requirements.

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12/7/2018

Students in third- through fifth-grade at an Ohio school recently dressed as famous historical figures from the fields of science, technology, engineering and math to create a living museum. Students studied individuals such as Marie Curie and Orville and Wilbur Wright and delivered biographical speeches as guests at the event.

12/6/2018

Digital portfolios can help students take responsibility for their learning and offer an interested audience for students' work, elementary-school principal Matt Renwick writes in this commentary. He shares four tips for setting up digital portfolios, including letting students be in control and to focus on the process.

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12/6/2018

South Carolina English teacher Taylor South had his freshman honors class conduct self-selected projects based on the novel "Sold," about a Nepalese girl sold to traffickers by her stepfather. Students created essays, artwork and videos about sexual slavery and human trafficking.

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12/6/2018

Small-group instruction is an effective way to ensure inclusion that meets the needs of all learners, according to National Board Certified Teacher Elizabeth Stein. In this blog post, Stein shares the benefits of this approach, including allowing more face time with students and active learning.

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12/6/2018

Educators should embrace friendships with co-workers, according to National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein. In this blog post, Sackstein shares how she benefited from "finding her tribe," and writes that the pros outweigh the cons in these friendships.

12/6/2018

Native English-language speakers and native Spanish-language speakers are pairing up for weekly chats as part of an exchange program. Started six years ago at a college, the program has grown since a literacy center offered the program to families who want to learn English.

12/6/2018

A group of West Virginia eighth-graders learned real-world uses for math during a financial literacy event that taught them how to budget, buy a car and pay bills. Coordinators of the "Get a Life" program say it shows students the reality of life as an adult and encourages them to earn a college degree or get technical training.