Students are more likely to pay attention if they have the motivation to do so, according to research by psychologists Barbara Rogoff and Maricela Correa-Chavez. The pair compared white students from California and Maya students from Guatemala and suggested that students from Guatemala may be more motivated to pay attention because their parents give them more autonomy and freedom to set their own goals.
The gap between default rates of black and white student-loan borrowers remains "large and statistically significant," even when controlled for factors such as income, loan amounts and whether a degree was earned, according to a report. Researchers say a lack of access to support systems such as loan counseling or servicing could play a role in the disparity.
Recent incidents of violence at some schools in the US have sparked more debate about how to promote safety. Some of the debate centers on whether zero-tolerance and harsh penalties are the answer, or whether troubled students should be given second chances and the use of restorative-justice programs.
Teachers can help students take more responsibility for their own learning by asking them to create their own vocabulary lists, asserts Kaitlyn Watson, a seventh-grade English-language arts teacher. In this blog post, Watson shares tips to help teachers adopt this strategy while also strengthening students' vocabulary.
Data show millennials may be less entrepreneurial than previous generations, and risk may be a factor. However, younger members of the cohort may be more open to risk, data suggest.
A manufacturing company in Arizona is behind a new program aimed at introducing careers in the industry to middle-school students in a local district. The program includes hands-on learning with robots and manufacturing products.
Technology has changed students' experiences with literacy from how they write to how they research new information, educator Chris Panell writes. He suggests teachers embrace this new literacy from having students create calculating apps in math class to programming alternative history games in social studies.
As the incoming principal of an Illinois elementary school, Melissa Llano says she will encourage teachers to be innovative and will help students, staff and faculty to develop a growth mindset. "I can't expect my staff to be vulnerable if I'm not willing to share and do the same things," she said.
A North Carolina school district's summer camp for middle-schoolers who are gifted focuses on having students participate in hands-on activities that help the community. As part of the camp, students constructed small lending libraries, studied science through cooking, and solved and painted with Rubik's Cubes.
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