Boys are better are computer-based reading -- potentially because they play more video games -- according to a recent analysis by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The analysis of 46 countries finds that the gender gap in reading was wider in print than when students used digital material.
A teacher in Portugal creates a fictitious crime to engage students in grammar lessons. Using target language and vocabulary, Jeni Peake's students work together to solve fake murder mysteries. One educator said while the role-playing exercise may be too dark for some classrooms, the technique could be adapted to another scenario, such as a theft or other mysteries.
A prekindergarten program in Texas uses a curriculum focused on storytelling to develop English-language learners' literacy skills. Educators use the school's Oral and Written Language Laboratory for training other teachers and to encourage students to talk through dramatic play. Educators also use it to teach parents how to use storytelling in English or their native language to help improve literacy in the home.
Students in a Colorado high school's Advanced Placement Human Geography class recently conducted a research project into the opening of a middle school within their school. To determine the effect the school would have on the community, the students reviewed data and documents, and they interviewed writers of the proposal for the middle school. The students then presenting their conclusions to local officials charged with approving the new school.
New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo could be poised to reverse course on the role students' test scores play in teachers' evaluations. Cuomo at one time pushed for test scores to count for as much as 50% of teachers' evaluations. Now, some say he is considering supporting a reduction -- or eliminating the use of test scores altogether.
The six school districts that make up the Urban School Food Alliance are using their collective purchasing power to replace the traditional plastic sporks in school cafeterias with knives, forks and spoons made of compostable materials. The move is one of several initiatives announced by officials in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and Orlando, Fla.
The toy industry is embracing female action figures and dolls that pay homage to science, technology, engineering and math. Doc McStuffins, GoldieBlox's Ruby Rails and Barbie's focus on dolls that portray women in science careers are among the toys available to be under the tree for many girls this holiday season.
Students who are gifted are more complex than being "really smart kids" and have exceptional needs that educators need to address, gifted-education teacher Anthony Colucci writes. He offers several strategies to meet their needs, including making behavioral and academic plans and channeling students' unique gifts into projects or clubs.
An Indiana school district has focused on improved customer service to ensure that students -- and their families -- have the best possible experience, Superintendent Wendy Robinson writes. In this commentary, she shares how her district adopted Let's Talk!, a cloud-based listening station for K-12 schools, which made responding to questions and feedback more efficient.
In this article, several experts suggest five ways school leaders can help to meet the needs of students with autism. Among them are to create a supportive school community, make individual plans for each student to be successful, partner with parents and look for resources outside of school.
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