Various educators share their must-have tools for the classroom, including ActivEd Walkabouts and Workbench Programming Canvas, among others. While some cite classroom tools for independent student work or for tracking student data, National Board Certified Teacher Tom Gilbert favors a tool to help keep students on track while online.
Professionals can improve job-hunting skills by jotting down notes after each interview about questions, answers and details about what went well and what needs improvement, writes Derek Attig, director of career development at the Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Such notes should be taken as soon after the interview as possible while the details are fresh, Attig suggests.
Misbehavior in the classroom is a great opportunity to teach students the value of respect, cooperation and self-control, writes school principal Rita Platt. In this blog post, she outlines 10 ways teachers can turn classroom disruptions into positive learning experiences, including by modeling good behavior and helping students correct their own behavior.
As he transitions from teacher to administrator, Sean Cassel writes that the most valuable lesson he has learned has been to help empower staff and faculty to create a positive environment for students. In this commentary, he writes that "the dedication of the support staff is what makes teaching and learning possible."
In celebration of National Farm to School Month, Happy Hollow Elementary School students in Fayetteville, Ark., enjoyed a seasonal lunch made almost entirely from local and regional foods. Ally Mrachek, director of Child Nutrition for Fayetteville Public Schools, said exposing children to locally grown food helps them to learn the value of healthy, colorful food that is good for their bodies.
Schools in a North Carolina district may have new classes next year that focus on the entertainment industry, centering on what goes on behind the scenes instead of on stage or in front of a camera. The entertainment-technology courses will include lessons in sound engineering, lighting design and other topics, says Nathan Street, Guilford County Schools' art director.
The University of Colorado Boulder has partnered with two concurrent enrollment programs to guarantee admission to its School of Education for qualifying high-school students. The state is experiencing a shortage of teachers, especially in areas such as science, math, special education and early-childhood education.
Overall, student-loan debt in the US has risen by 157% over the past 11 years, with auto-loan debt increasing only 52% over the same period by comparison, according to an analysis of Federal Reserve and Equifax data. Student loans in 2018 totaled $1.5 trillion, making it the second-largest household debt behind mortgages.
Many students are seeking online courses in areas such as IT or health care; however, a survey of deans and directors whose institutions are members of the Association for Continuing Higher Education found that often such courses are not being offered. The data also show that 69% of member institutions do not offer online courses in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
While serving as an assistant dean of students, University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. student Andrew Martinez says he learned firsthand how much pressure committees are under when they evaluate campus bias claims. In this commentary, he relates his experience on such a committee and how he learned that deep listening and the ability to be vulnerable are key to the body's success.