High-school students should not operate under the same schedule as fifth-graders, asserts Nick Stoneman, president of Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Minnesota. In this commentary, he describes how over the past five years his school has developed a program that allows high-schoolers to take advantage of blended classes and technology and adhere to a schedule that also benefits their development.
Researchers said the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey showed that 7 in 10 middle- and high-school students who smoked tobacco within the last month have tried at least one flavored tobacco product. The report in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found 63% of middle- and high-school students smoked flavored e-cigarettes, nearly 63% tried a flavored cigar, almost 61% used flavored water pipe tobacco and about 59% tried flavored smokeless tobacco.
Investing in performance-based teachers' bonuses has at least a small effect on improving students' achievement, according to a multi-year study of how teachers' bonuses affect students' learning in 10 districts. Researchers report that school districts that paid bonuses had a one percentile point improvement on reading scores and no significant difference on math exams.
K-12 schools nationwide are experiencing uncertainty with the school year underway as their budgets are battled out in courts, legislatures and at the ballot box. In Pennsylvania, for example, officials say they are concerned about making payroll because there is no state funding for education, and in Alabama, lawmakers recently voted to reduce funding for education by $80 million.
The US should devote more time and resources to science education, according to about 61% of people who responded to a recent survey conducted by the Bayer Facts of Science Education Surveys. The survey also found that a majority of teachers believe hands-on instruction is the best way to teach science.
Flexible student groups allow teachers to deliver differentiated instruction that levels the playing field and holds all students to the same high standard, special-education teacher Alex Byland writes in this blog post. He describes five collaborative grouping strategies that teachers can use, such as rotating through stations or preteaching material to students needing help.
While professional learning communities and personal learning networks are catching on in education circles, teachers can "go deeper using online courses," high-school teacher Gerard Dawson writes. In this blog post, he shares several online professional-development options and explains the benefits to teaching and learning.
Teachers cannot be everywhere, doing everything at all times, high-school teacher Brian Sztabnik writes in this blog post. He suggests that teachers follow the 80/20 rule, in which the results are dominated by a few actions, including asking better questions and providing meaningful feedback.
The website WalletHub ranks the country's 150 most-populated cities according to their livability for individuals with disabilities. The rankings -- which listed Overland Park, Kan., as best and Providence, R.I., as worst -- were developed by analyzing data, such as the cost of in-home care and availability of special-education teachers and physicians.
A school in Washington state uses various strategies to teach students who cannot hear. Students learn American Sign Language and how to speak English and read lips. They also spend half of their day in inclusive classes at nearby public and private schools.
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