Sixth-grade students at one Texas school are traveling the world without leaving the classroom by using virtual reality. Teacher Lori Kotzur says she uses the VR goggles in social studies lessons to expose students to other cultures.
Teachers should help themselves so they are better equipped to support their students, asserts Naphtali Hoff, president of Impactful Coaching & Consulting. In this blog post, Hoff shares six ways teachers can stay healthy, energized and properly supported, including by disconnecting and developing a growth mindset.
Fifth-graders at an Illinois school built support devices for kindergartners to use during an upcoming roller-skating unit in physical-education class as part of their school's focus on math, engineering and leadership. Three school operations and maintenance workers assisted students with reading blueprints and learning how to sand and attach PVC pipes to build the structures.
New Kansas school district Superintendent Corey Burton says he will be proactive in recruiting top faculty and staff to maintain a high level of student achievement. In this Q&A, Burton notes that he'll visit with current faculty and staff to learn how he can help them succeed.
Students at a North Carolina middle school, which was once their town's segregated school for African-Americans, met with alumni of the former school as part of lessons for Black History Month. Students also studied photocopies of the segregated school's yearbooks and other documents, and watched a recorded interview of a local educator who talked about his family's history.
Utica College is working to alleviate New York's teacher shortage by offering a certification program that allows aspiring teachers to earn a Transitional B certificate that qualifies them to teach full time. The program is open to professionals with bachelor's degrees in high-need areas such as English, math and social studies.
A bill to eliminate the use of letter grades on the state's school report card has been approved by the Utah House of Representatives. The measure, which is supported by the Utah State Board of Education, would instead use ratings such as exemplary, commendable or those with critical needs.
Teachers at a Washington school are seeing faster growth and improved engagement in math after starting a voluntary after-school math academy for fourth- and fifth-graders. Students review concepts they are struggling with in class via online programs and reinforce skills such as math facts through computer games.
Many workplaces experience trauma -- such as job losses, violence in the community or a death of a co-worker -- that require increased emotional support from managers, writes Naphtali Hoff. These managers also have to prioritize their health by remembering not to take things personally and finding time to get away from it all.
We create more inclusive workplaces by publicly giving credit to colleagues whose work may be overlooked, promoting their areas of expertise and lobbying on their behalf to superiors, writes Karen Catlin. Conduct meetings so everyone has an opportunity to contribute and intervene if someone's ideas are unfairly dismissed.