ICYMI: Most read by educators

5 ways to help students remember what they learn

Research has shown that information can be forgotten quickly without reinforcement of prior knowledge or connections. This blog post considers research and trends about reducing "memory leaks" and reinforcing learning.

Full Story: Edutopia online

Md. district sees return of traditional grades

School leaders in Montgomery County, Md., have reinstated traditional letter grades for students in second through fifth grade following concerns its previous approach was vague and uninformative. Students will receive A-F letter grades, rather than ES (exceptional), P (proficient), I (in progress) and N (not-yet-making progress).

Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)

Common Core remains largely intact nationwide

Of the 45 states and the District of Columbia that adopted the Common Core State Standards, eight have repealed them and 21 have made or are making mostly minor changes to the standards. Mike Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, describes Common Core as a "much better recipe for student achievement."

Full Story: Associated Press

Study: How hunger affects test performance

Students whose families are running low on food stamp benefits perform worse on math tests, according to a study by researchers at the University of South Carolina. Researchers say the way in which food stamps are distributed in South Carolina coincides with testing schedules in such a way that students may have gone hungry for several days by test time.

Full Story: National Public Radio

How a TED Talk inspired one teacher

Michelle Cottrell-Williams, Virginia's Teacher of the Year, says a TED Talk inspired her to talk less and listen more in the classroom. In this article, she shares how the TED Talk shaped her perspective as a teacher. She will now be considered for National Teacher of the Year.

Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)

Teresa Donnellan is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.

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