The project-based learning format can deepen professional learning for teachers, writes Andrew Miller, an instructional coach at the Shanghai American School. In this blog post, he writes about how a group of middle-school teachers used the format to create a shared curriculum and describes how the structure could work for professional development.
Joseph Williams, a California school district's executive technology director, says teachers should be at the forefront of conversations about technology in the classroom. Williams, who founded the district's Educational Technology Council, says he can only make effective changes by being involved in the classroom instead of "riding a desk."
Schedule your emails to go out a day or two after you've composed them to slow the pace of your inbox and free yourself up for larger projects, writes author Kabir Sehgal. You can also try cutting down on your media consumption and changing your phone's display to black and white to make it less addicting.
Students at an Alabama middle school learned about table manners and etiquette as part of their exploratory cooking class. Raquel Davis, a certified etiquette coach who taught the two-week manners lesson, said etiquette skills can build students' confidence and help students develop relationships in the business world.
Washington fifth-grade teacher Andrew Schlauch incorporated engineering into Valentine's Day by having his students integrate machines into their designs of boxes to hold their cards and treats. Students used simple recyclable materials, such as cardboard and strings, to create Rube Goldberg-type devices.
Fourth-graders explored an 1850s-era western frontier town in a Colorado school district's new virtual-reality lab created with repurposed phones. Using Google Expeditions, their teacher conducted a tour of a cabin, blacksmith shop and fields, and introduced students to explorers Lewis and Clark.
New limits on collective bargaining passed by Iowa lawmakers will exacerbate the state's teacher shortage, some educators say. They predict that teachers may seek jobs in nearby states or gravitate to districts with the best incentives.
Eighty-six percent of K-12 schools and districts responding to a recent survey say they'll be spending more on digital curricula this year. Schools can maximize the effectiveness of curricula by offering more professional development and training, experts suggest.
Students develop a deeper understanding of a topic when they read about it in multiple sources, literacy consultant Sunday Cummins explains. Cummins presents strategies to help students select diverse source texts and tools to help them synthesize the information.
An Indiana middle school has begun offering intervention during a special advisory period four days a week. Using the response-to-intervention model, teachers assess students every two weeks and work individually or in small groups with those in the bottom 10% of the class who are not receiving special-education services.
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