Makerspace teacher Sam Patterson in this blog post shares insights from a recent makerspace project. He notes that the cardboard-armor lesson supported skills such as reading, writing, math, communication and character education.
High-school teacher Linda Wheeler has adopted three strategies for the "thinking classroom," as introduced by Peter Liljedahl, a professor at Simon Fraser University. In this blog post, she shares how these strategies have been "an absolute game-changer" in her math classes.
Ryan Sprott, an Advanced Placement world history teacher in Texas, has partnered with a peer who is an artist and professor to develop a course that allows students to conduct in-depth study of immigration. In this blog post, Sprott describes the course, called Border-land, that helps students explore migration issues through art, dialogue and travel to border areas.
Teachers can play an important role in teaching students about positive uses of technology, digital learning specialist Kerry Gallagher writes in this blog post. She shares several ideas for using technology to help jump-start learning.
Instagram and Snapchat may be the social media platforms of choice for a majority of teenagers, according to a survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey also reveals social media use trends related to race and class.
Schools and businesses in some states are working together to prepare graduates for a predicted middle-skill jobs gap. Programs to help fill the gap include onsite internships with local businesses, some of which yield college credits.
There are four steps to help schools install successful on-campus gardens, according to a new resource guide based on lessons learned from 21 school gardens. Components critical to success include establishing a garden committee and connecting gardens to learning.
Effective differentiation for students who are gifted and struggling is unlikely to happen in a traditional, teacher-led classroom, instructional coach Lisa Westman writes in this blog post. Instead, she advocates for differentiation for all learners through a more student-centered approach where students learn to collaborate with other learners of all abilities.
Art students at a Virginia high school are creating portraits of refugee children from Syria and child orphans from Tanzania for the Memory Project, a national program. Teacher Jon Roark described the program as beneficial to all of the young people involved, from the Virginia students who draw the portraits based on a photograph and the overseas child, who will receive their portrait in the mail.
President Donald Trump's proposed elimination of Title II funding, which supports professional development, has drawn concern from some. Eric Hanushek, with the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, says that, rather than eliminating the funds, states and district could find ways to use them more effectively.
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