Schools in some states are taking a more holistic approach to physical education, offering options such as hiking, biking and fly-fishing. In Washington, D.C., all second-graders receive bicycle-riding lessons.
Six education leaders highlight some of their favorite strategies for engaging students in learning. Pennsylvania principal Richard Gordon IV emphasizes the importance of forming relationships with students and families.
Teacher Mary Davenport began emailing compliments and gratitude to her colleagues to boost morale. The weekly “Hump Day Bump” — goes out on Wednesdays and, she writes in this blog post, helps to bring positivity to teachers’ inboxes.
Competency-based education can be a stepping stone to personalized learning, Rebecca Midles, executive director of performance-based systems at School District 51 in Mesa County, Colo., told attendees at the recent symposium by iNACOL, or the International Association for K-12 Online Learning. Midles and two other administrators shared their personalized-learning stories.
Teresa Donnellan is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.
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