After researching and observing how students learn, seventh-grade English-language arts teacher Brooke Markle writes that she decided to remove students' desks from her classroom. In this blog post, Markle describes the benefits of her classroom's flexible seating arrangement, such as increased collaboration.
Teachers can help students hit the ground running from the first days of the school year, asserts Curtis Chandler, an education professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho. In this blog post, Chandler shares beginning-of-the-year strategies along with ideas for "low-risk" learning opportunities to help teachers and students get to know each other.
Tiffany Edmondson, an elementary-school physical-education teacher in Mississippi, says she incorporates academic lessons, including math and reading, in her PE classes. Edmondson says she has included "site words" in dodgeball games, led students in "equation bowling" and took students on geography lessons through baseball.
Students at a Nebraska high school are learning Japanese from a pair of instructors, one from Nebraska and the other is from Japan and visiting the school as part of an exchange program. Students, who have been learning the language's phonetic characters and Japanese customs, will receive more one-on-one instruction and learn the language from different perspectives with the co-teaching model.
Several Ohio middle schools have on-campus stores for students to anonymously shop for free essentials, including toiletries and food. The Student Success Stores are stocked by a nonprofit organization, and students can make an appointment to select items with the help of a school counselor or administrator.
About 76% of school districts are carrying unpaid meal debt, according to a School Nutrition Association survey. Diane Pratt-Heavner, SNA's director of media relations, says such debt can hamper "school nutrition professionals' efforts to serve all students," but she encourages districts to find a compassionate solution to serve students who do not have enough money to pay for their school meals.
Students at an elementary school in Australia recently piloted a program that combines math education with high-intensity interval training. The program linked math subjects with activities such as skipping, running and using agility ladders, and one educator said the program allows students to practice math without worrying about failing.
Sleep deprivation affected ability to recall vocabulary words in an ongoing study by researchers at the Royal Holloway, University of London. Jakke Tamminen, a psychology lecturer who is conducting the study, says his research supports sleep as a central part of learning.
IT leaders who don't understand what's going on in the classroom can be a barrier for schools that want to adopt personalized learning, says Eric Butash, director of operations at the nonprofit Highlander Institute. Amy Arbogash, director of technology and personalized learning at a Wisconsin school district, suggests districts hire IT leaders who have experience with education and who can help make decisions about technology infrastructure that is appropriate for classrooms.
First lady Melania Trump spoke at the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention summit on Monday. The government-sponsored event focused on helping to prevent cyberbullying, in part, by encouraging social media and technology companies to work with youths on being better online citizens.
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