Average attendance and graduation rates increased at schools that adopted later start times, according to a recent study of 30,000 students in 29 high schools across seven states. Officials at a Virginia high school say that students are more rested and ready to learn since the school moved its start time from 7:20 a.m. to 8:10 a.m.
Teachers cannot cover everything, as David Cutler learned during a conversation with Jim Grossman, executive director of the American Historical Association. In this blog post, Cutler, a high-school history, government and journalism teacher, shares advice about how teachers can balance the content they are required to cover with teaching long-lasting skills.
The "open" education model made popular in the 1970s may have faded, but some of the model's schools and their huge classrooms remain in use. Teachers at one Washington, D.C., school -- set for a rebuild -- say they like how open education encouraged collaboration among teachers and students, but a lack of walls between classrooms makes the environment too loud and distracting.
Languages offered for study in schools should be regularly reviewed to ensure students are getting the most benefit, writes Warren Midgley, an associate professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. In this commentary, he examines languages that are considered important to learn, according to data, and compares them to what languages are available and popular among Australian students.
Physical-education teacher Michael Choinacky writes that he is finding inspiration in popular obstacle course races for his gym classes. Obstacle courses are easy to create, can be used by students at all athletic ability levels and can start conversations about perseverance and confidence, he notes.
A startup has launched a free web-based platform, Legends of Learning, that allows teachers to create playlists of educational games -- similar to how Spotify works for music. The games, already vetted by educators, are tied to educational standards.
President Donald Trump signed two bills Monday overturning education regulations. One measure overturned regulations about how states should comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act and the other rolled back a requirement for states to give annual ratings to teacher-preparation programs.
When choosing technology tools for the classroom, teachers should consider those that promote critical thinking and problem-solving, suggests Amy Williams, an International Baccalaureate English teacher at the International School of Dusseldorf in Germany. In this commentary, she shares why she often opts for tech-free lessons.
Microsoft unveiled its #MakeWhatsNext campaign earlier this month, which focuses on supporting science, technology, engineering and math education among girls. The company's DigiGirlz program also organizes a one-day coding event where girls meet women who already are working in related fields.
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