Despite looming state budget cuts, an Arizona district hopes to train more gifted-educators, test more students for gifted and talented programs and add new classes for kindergartners and high-school students. The district relies on parents to request gifted testing, but the new system would automatically test top students unless their parents say no.
Mike Hamilton, who has performed for more than 72,000 Utah children this school year, aims to inspire others with learning disabilities. "I've found that magic is a powerful teaching tool," he said. "When people are in a state of amazement, they are very teachable."
New research found stronger brain wave activity in select regions of the brain happens prior to an error occurring that can be linked to lack of attention. The discovery could foster the development of devices to help children with ADHD.
Singapore's excellence in science and math could be attributed to its high regard for teachers and salaries that rival private-sector careers in science and engineering. Teaching is seen as a profession in Singapore, says educator Linda Mariotti. Teachers in Singapore also receive 100 hours of paid professional-development time.
Nine Texas state-school employees are on leave while officials investigate claims that they did not stop fights among students with mental disabilities at the residential school. Six other staff members were charged earlier this month with allegedly organizing student fights for their entertainment.