There are six primary categories of students -- subject lovers, emotionals, hand raisers, social butterflies, teacher responders and deep thinkers -- according to a report released this week by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Researchers suggest that teachers may need to alter their strategies to engage students in each group.
Eighth-grade students in Illinois ended the school year by using language arts, reading and science skills to solve a murder mystery. Teachers provide the background -- a "murder" committed during a royal tournament in the Renaissance age -- and students use their skills and science experiments to solve the crime, such as analyzing fingerprints, soil and hair.
Twelve middle-schoolers from various schools are working with the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society in Suffolk, Va., to create a coloring book about the community's history from prehistoric times to 1850. The group wrote one-page histories for the sites, which they will visit before creating drawings for the coloring book.
New Hampshire has adopted a teacher-driven approach as the state moves toward competency-based education. In districts piloting Performance Assessment of Competency Education, teams of teachers develop common tasks for students to complete and students have to show they understand the content.
The International Society for Technology in Education conference is underway this week, and several companies have announced notable updates and new tools. Among them are the launch of an IT Help Desk for K-12 and higher-education institutions from SchoolDude and updates from Google and Microsoft.
Students with special needs from one Florida school district are earning credit for their summer internships through the Educational Pathways program. Students are learning office skills, practicing job-interview techniques and working in teams, program leaders say.
School districts across the country are using machine translation, human translation or some combination of both to help bridge the barriers for English-language learners. Some districts are using Google's Website Translator plug-in, while others have adopted mobile apps such as TalkingPoints.
There are five practical ways that teachers can use to help students improve learning and promote long-term success, assert co-authors Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers. In this blog post, they share several strategies, including taking brain breaks and teaching students how to test themselves.
K-12 schools and community colleges in California will receive $3.1 billion more in state funding under a budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The budget also increases legislative oversight of the University of California president's budget and adds more spaces for both undergraduate and graduate students in the university system.
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