Using diagrams can help math students better visualize concepts and see patterns and relationships in numbers, writes math educator Jerry Burkhart. In this commentary, he provides examples of how to use diagrams to foster a sense of play and creativity.
The Kansas State Department of Education's Civic Advocacy Network has recognized Lawrence West Middle School for its efforts to increase civic engagement among students. The school offers a leadership development program and student instructional class; in addition, students grow fresh produce and donate it to local communities.
As the school year gets underway in some Michigan districts, school leaders say there is a focus on reading and literacy -- prompted in part by a new law that allows for third-graders to be held back if they are not reading at grade level. Fourth-grade teacher Sarah David says she plans to establish a classroom culture that is safe and welcoming to support reading.
Two primary-school teachers in Australia are using a phonetics-based approach to reading instruction despite the popularity of a whole-language approach to lessons. The debate over reading instruction is playing out broadly, but the teachers say they are using evidence-backed approaches that already have improved outcomes for students.
A project, led by the International Council for Open and Distance Education, recommends that guidelines and standards be developed to improve consistency in online and distance education worldwide. The report, which examined education in seven broad regions, finds that a lack of uniform quality standards is hampering online education efforts in all regions.
Culture-based education can help Native American students thrive in school while reducing disciplinary actions, writes Katrina Boone, a senior analyst with Bellwether Education Partners. Such a curriculum also helps students learn about their culture and history, and preserves cultural vitality, Boone writes in this opinion article.
Scott Bailey, superintendent in a California district, is featured in a series of student-produced videos going undercover to help recognize employees. The series, "Not-So-Undercover Sup," has featured employees from the food services and transportation departments.
Brian Maher, superintendent of a South Dakota district, is encouraging students and staff to focus on self care and their mental health as the school year gets underway. Efforts include supporting students' coping skills and adopting a well-being program that incorporates daily movement and dance.
A poll by Education Next found that 72% of Americans think that teachers should receive pay raises, a jump in numbers from 2017. However, another poll from education organization PDK found that while most people support investing more money in education, they do not back doing so through increased taxes.
Some teachers are receiving classroom supplies and resources from their Amazon wish lists by posting them on Twitter. Kelly Tynan, a special needs teacher in Boston, says she shares more than 200 teachers' lists from her own account.