Science teacher Amanda Ehly-Mills and English teacher Jill Eliason are partnering on a cross-curricular unit for their middle-school students built around Andy Weir's "The Martian," about a US astronaut stranded on Mars. Students designed a spacecraft that might support human life on Mars and wrote informational essays based on research they conducted about the planet.
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.
Minnesota special-education teacher Tammy French starts by building students' and caregivers' trust when teaching students with severe autism. She customizes everything to their individual abilities -- from their instructional preferences to the physical classroom setting -- to support her students.
There are three steps that can help education leaders build agency among learners, writes Fred Ende, an assistant director of curriculum and instructional services in New York. In this blog post, he suggests teachers and administrators try to understand themselves, learn more about others and figure out "where to go."
Union members representing teachers in Sacramento, Calif., voted Friday in favor of going on strike if negotiations with the school district do not move forward. Teachers and the district are at odds over class sizes and the limited resources for school nurses and psychologists.
Rhode Island and dozens of school districts in Massachusetts are considering using a school transportation system developed by MIT's Operations Research Center that aims to save money and allow teenage students to have later school start times. Boston Public Schools used the system to make some changes to their busing schedules, but the changes have been criticized by some parents because of the altered start times.
Two Texas school districts have tapped state "Grow Your Own" grants for a program that helps high-school students pursue teaching careers. The funds help pay for classes for aspiring teachers that can lead them to an associate degree from Central Texas College and the ability to transfer to obtain a four-year degree.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige is requesting an additional $7.7 million from the Legislature to overhaul the Health Department's Developmental Disabilities Division and fund job training and independent-living skills programs for adults with special needs. The changes are in response to federal rules that now require states to help people with developmental disabilities gain access to more life opportunities.
Two books claiming to offer cures for autism have been dropped from Amazon. The online retailer did not indicate the reasons for the removal, but the USDA has issued warnings, saying the false cures described in such books "carry significant health risks."