Teachers who want to adopt mindfulness in the classroom should begin by developing their own mindfulness habits, suggests James Butler, the mindfulness specialist for the Austin, Texas, school district. Butler, who recently spoke on the topic with three former students at SXSW EDU, says that mindfulness in schools should focus on how students can be kind -- both to themselves and other people.
Americans should remember that the US has a history of being welcoming to those in need from around the world, asserts Mandy Manning, a National Board Certified Teacher and 2018 National Teacher of the Year. In this opinion article, Manning writes about her own experiences teaching immigrants and refugees, and the meaning of World Refugee Day on Wednesday.
There are several low-cost, low-stress ways teachers can stay connected to students and students' families during the summer, writes National Board Certified Teacher Rita Platt. In this blog post, Platt suggests that teachers be present and visible in the community in which they teach, schedule meetups and remain active on social media.
A Colorado school district has brought back its extended summer learning program for elementary- and middle-schoolers who are struggling with literacy. Teachers are simulating a summer camp experience by pitching tents in classrooms and incorporating reading and writing skills into songs, games and other activities.
A Missouri middle school's students recently became the teachers during equity trainings to help educators recognize stereotypes known as microaggressions. The students made recommendations for including LGBTQ civil rights history and positive views of African-Americans in social studies lessons to help make the school environment inclusive of all members.
Educators in Indiana recently participated in a two-day workshop designed to help them connect lessons in science, technology, engineering and math to their uses in the real world. During The Lilly Experience for Teachers in STEM, educators designed lesson plans and left with resources to take back to their classrooms.
Eight students with special needs who have graduated from their Tennessee special-education programs will go into a hands-on job training program through Project Search. The students will work in internships at health care facilities, participate in life skills classes and complete mock interviews.
Students would benefit if schools blended arts and math, writes John De Pillis, a math professor at University of California at Riverside. In this commentary, De Pillis notes that art can help students think more abstractly, improve comprehension and make math more fun.
The Fab Foundation has released two free lesson plans based on the Marvel film "Black Panther" to help educators get students interested in technology. One lesson is inspired by the film's costumer designer and uses digital fabrication techniques and the other uses 3D technology to help students create wearable jewelry.
When fathers are involved in their children's education, academic outcomes improve for students, according to several recent studies. One study found that a child who has an involved father has achievements equivalent to a child with an additional half year of academic learning.
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