Practicing mindfulness helps students recognize their emotions, communicate their feelings and focus on learning, psychologist Juli Fraga explains in this blog post. Educators at a California school, where mindfulness was introduced four years ago, say the practice has transformed the classroom environment.
A Virginia school district plans to launch a project-based learning academy for 100 eighth-graders next year. Using a school-within-a-school model, students will take a single class where core subjects are integrated into projects and then they can decide if they want to enroll in a similar program at the high school.
There is a "disconnect" between what teachers seek from professional learning and what education leaders believe is the most effective professional development, according to a report from MDR EdNET Insight. The report, includes research from the National Education Association and other organizations, notes increased interest from teachers in microcredentials and tech-enabled coaching.
Formative assessments offer important, meaningful information to teachers to gauge student learning, Pauline Zdonek writes in this blog post. She shares suggestions and resource links, such as digital programs for quick quizzes, to help teachers plan fun and relevant assessments.
Indiana school districts are responding to ongoing teacher shortages by employing long-term substitutes, boosting salaries and offering hiring bonuses. Most schools in the state are having trouble finding math, special education and science teachers, even at the elementary level, officials said.
A Colorado middle school's reform efforts are being credited for significant academic growth among seventh- and eighth-graders on state assessments. Initiatives include joint planning time for teachers to create writing lessons across all academic subjects, and morning student meetings aimed at improving school climate.
An elementary school in California recently launched its Foreign Language Academy of Global Studies. The program includes instruction in French, Greek, Italian and Spanish, as well as virtual field trips through Skype, communication with students abroad and more.
Educators in a Nebraska school district have overhauled an annual two-day outdoor education experience for 900 sixth-graders by adding more inquiry-based lessons and technology. Students will use iPads to record and research their projects, weaving more math and reading into the experience.
Overall, 81% of faculty at US colleges and universities say technology has had either an "extremely positive" or "mostly positive" impact on education, according to a new survey. The data also show that 88% say technology has improved the quality of their instruction.
Teaching students how to annotate nonfiction articles can develop their close-reading skills and improve comprehension, sixth-grade teacher Mary Blow writes in this blog post. She provides resources and shares a lesson where she models annotation skills and gives students time for independent practice.
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