Teachers' relationships with their students help to support learning, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein. In this blog post, she shares ideas to improve communication with students, including offering genuine praise and honesty.
The English language, which has an estimated 1.5 billion speakers worldwide, may face challenges to remain the top global language, writes Robin Lustig of BBC World Service. In this commentary, Lustig highlights how technological advances, such as computer programs that translate text into other languages, may be changing how people use English.
Students at a Washington state high school have connected with some peers in Japan by exchanging handwritten letters in English and Japanese. The students, who are from diverse backgrounds, write about their cultures and other interests with their pen pals.
Nearly 70 colleges and universities are using a new program to help students who struggle with math to fulfill their requirements. The program, developed by Carnegie Math Pathways, combines remedial and college-level math in one year, allowing students to move more quickly into credit-bearing courses.
Students at a Montana high school recreated key figures, literary icons and historical events from the 1960s as part of a project for their Advanced Placement American Studies class, which integrates history and literature. A centerpiece of the event was a bus that students painted to represent author Ken Kesey's psychedelic bus.
A group of 20 students in grades 10 through 12 from across a Texas school district and neighboring districts this summer will begin participating in a yearlong fellowship in civic engagement created by the Houston Independent School District's Student Congress. The teens will manage projects and work to find solutions to real-world challenges as they train to become civic leaders.
Some teachers are experimenting with offering feedback via video rather than marking students' work with red pens. David Narter, an English teacher in Illinois, said he found that students were more receptive to video feedback and found it more motivating.
Digital signage increasingly is replacing bulletin boards and schoolwide announcements as a way for school leaders to communicate with students and staff. A Texas school district recently invested in 50 large-format televisions to use as digital signs.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are calling for a $100 billion increase in federal funding for schools. Their plan would include $50 billion for states to increase teacher pay and a $50 billion fund for school infrastructure projects and other resources.
A New Jersey school district plans to launch a revival of its gifted-education program for third through fifth grades this fall. The program will include units on creative writing, project-based learning, field trips and science, technology, engineering and math.