Elementary-school students at a dual-language school in California performed on par with Advanced Placement high-school students on Mandarin language assessments, according to a recent Stanford University study. The findings now are driving efforts to introduce foreign-language instruction in younger grades.
There are five new realities in education, suggests educator and author Will Richardson, who presented on the topic during a session at the International Society for Technology in Education's conference. He asserts that technology provides more choices in learning, learners drive their own learning through online resources and professional development is a personal responsibility.
Common Core State Standards give educators the flexibility they need to incorporate a variety of technology in their classrooms, writes educator Monica Burns. In this blog post, she outlines several ways to engage students through multimedia to boost math and language skills, including writing their own math problems and using applications to practice math skills.
Educators should adopt a growth mindset and consider how they can reach students who don't like school, rather than just ask if they can teach them, principal Kyle Hoopes writes in this blog post. Hoopes suggests trying innovative teaching practices -- from Genius Hours to differentiated instruction -- to develop students' inner desire to learn.
Eight of Texas' largest school districts say they do not plan to serve fried foods or soda despite a recent statewide policy change allowing them to do so. "Despite the reversal, we believe the healthy changes that have been made to our school menus remain in the best interest of our students," said Melissa Martinez, a spokeswoman for El Paso's school district. "It also would be cost prohibitive to retrofit all of our kitchens with deep fryers."
The U.S. Department of Education is in the process of reviewing states' plans for equitable distribution of teachers. In their plans, some states noted they have no control over placement, making it difficult to direct top teachers to low-performing schools.
The language educators use in the classroom can empower students and help them to "internalize tools and strategies for moving forward and growing toward their goal," educator Alex Shevrin suggests in this blog post. Students -- particularly those with mental health challenges -- can benefit when teachers avoid stigmatizing language and start conversations about choices and consequences, Shevrin writes.
Ohio education leaders will replace the PARCC exam with standardized math and language arts tests administered by American Institutes for Research next spring. The state, which will keep Common Core State Standards in place, already uses AIR to administer its standardized social studies and science tests.
A Minnesota school district is sharing students' test data with universities and teacher-preparation programs, so they can see how well their graduates are performing in the classroom. The program is intended to help improve teacher training.
Storytelling can engage students with learning mathematical concepts by having them develop math problems and create plots that illustrate their solutions, young-adult author Robert Black writes. He shares several tips for teachers to guide their students in writing math-based fiction.