Encouraging students to ask questions and push back on some concepts can become frustrating for teachers and students, asserts educator James Campbell. In this commentary, Campbell shares how pushback by students has made him a better teacher and explains a project in which students envisioned a better education model.
Lisa Winchel, a Wisconsin high-school art teacher, and 11 students have created portraits of 12 children who fled violence in Myanmar and who currently live in a refugee settlement in Bangladesh. Working with a social studies teacher, Winchel says taking part in the Memory Project, which has gathered more than 130,000 portraits of refugee children since 2004, has made the students more aware of the world beyond their small town.
A Minnesota school offers a peer-mentored adaptive physical-education class to help promote inclusion for students with special needs. Teacher Allison Klassen says the class helps students build social skills and allows mentors to develop leadership skills.
Boxing offers several important lessons for school leaders, writes Tim Goral, along with Lisa Gonzales, an assistant superintendent, and Charles Young, a school district superintendent. In this opinion piece, they share several similarities, including the need for a solid game plan and the likelihood of taking a hit.
Educators' reasons for being classroom teachers often evolve with time and experience, suggests Domonique Dickson, a third-grade teacher in Virginia. In this commentary, Dickson writes that teachers should continuously examine their "why" and reveals how her own education philosophy has changed with teaching experiences.
The nonprofit National Council on Severe Autism has formed to address the needs of individuals with autism with more severe impairments. Popular culture's focus on the needs of those on the higher-functioning end of the spectrum often overlooks the needs of individuals with limited verbal skills, co-occurring intellectual disabilities or behavioral challenges, members of the council said.
Verizon has reconsidered a plan to charge fees that would make using the Remind messaging service prohibitive for teachers and parents. The fee change, announced Monday, was reversed Wednesday following criticism from teachers and others on social media.
Trust is key to nurturing a healthy school culture, asserts Joe Sanfelippo, superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, Wisconsin. Sanfelippo shares four tactics his district uses to develop trust, including being present on campuses and sharing stories about good work that staff are doing with students.
The Council of Chief State School Officers has recommended steps to help build a more diverse teaching force in US schools. A report from the organization also suggests ways to help support teachers -- in particular, teachers of color -- including to direct federal funding to workforce-diversity initiatives.
A Massachusetts middle school has integrated English-language learners into classes with native-English-speaking peers instead of separate classes. Teachers have received training on teaching ELLs, and language specialists are co-teaching classes with students demonstrating the lowest English-language proficiency.
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