Watching teacher candidates give a lesson is a good way to gauge their eventual classroom performance, former superintendent and college professor Suzanne Tingley writes in this blog post. The demonstration lesson may not shed light on candidates' classroom-management skills, but it can show how they connect with students, whether they know the "basics" of teaching and whether they have potential, she writes.
Supporting students' social and emotional needs in school will help them be successful later in life, according to teachers who responded to a recent survey. However, the Missing Piece report, released Wednesday, also found that social and emotional learning is not considered a priority in most schools -- especially in the country's high schools, education reporter Nirvi Shah writes in this blog post.
Educators and experts in this opinion piece share their thoughts on a new law in New Hampshire allowing parents to influence what is taught in schools. Among the debaters is Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, who argues that the law undermines the role of public education in teaching students to become productive citizens. However, Neal P. McCluskey, associate director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute, sees the law as a way for schools to address the individual needs of an increasingly diverse student population.
No Child Left Behind's emphasis on reading and math achievement has diminished the focus on science instruction, according to a recent report that calls for more time spent on science education. The report, from the National Center on Time & Learning, focuses on steps taken at five schools to restructure the school calendar and increase time for science. The report also highlights successful teaching techniques, such as hands-on lessons and a focus on science careers.
Education writer Suzie Boss considers the importance of effective assessments and how they can be used to measure student learning on project-based lessons. A new classroom guide developed by Edutopia offers tips and resources for assessing learning at each stage of a project-based lesson, from project planning to a culminating event when students present their conclusions.