There are six primary categories of students -- subject lovers, emotionals, hand raisers, social butterflies, teacher responders and deep thinkers -- according to a report released this week by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Researchers suggest that teachers may need to alter their strategies to engage students in each group.
Eighth-grade students in Illinois ended the school year by using language arts, reading and science skills to solve a murder mystery. Teachers provide the background -- a "murder" committed during a royal tournament in the Renaissance age -- and students use their skills and science experiments to solve the crime, such as analyzing fingerprints, soil and hair.
Twelve middle-schoolers from various schools are working with the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society in Suffolk, Va., to create a coloring book about the community's history from prehistoric times to 1850. The group wrote one-page histories for the sites, which they will visit before creating drawings for the coloring book.
A school-based health clinic has opened, thanks to the winning idea of four health care and IT career pathways students. The idea grew from the health care needs of students in North Chicago, one student said, and became a project for a science, technology, engineering and math challenge, with mentorship from a pharmaceutical company.
New Hampshire has adopted a teacher-driven approach as the state moves toward competency-based education. In districts piloting Performance Assessment of Competency Education, teams of teachers develop common tasks for students to complete and students have to show they understand the content.
The International Society for Technology in Education conference is underway this week, and several companies have announced notable updates and new tools. Among them are the launch of an IT Help Desk for K-12 and higher-education institutions from SchoolDude and updates from Google and Microsoft.
Two top officials in the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights this week told attendees at the National Association of College and University Attorneys conference that they will uphold the nation's civil rights laws. They noted that they would collaborate with those in the field and ensure the OCR operates as a "neutral, impartial investigative agency."
More than 6,000 students representing all 50 states showed off their career and technical education skills at the recent SkillsUSA national competition in Kentucky. Participants competed in categories such as robotics, automotive technology and aviation maintenance.
Minnesota high-school principal David Lund, who is retiring after 33 years in education, says he became a principal so he could better affect student learning and create more opportunities for students. Lund, in this Q&A, notes that social media has brought both new challenges and opportunities to principals.
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