Positive relationships with students is the key to successful personalized learning, according to Rick Robins, superintendent of Juab School District in Utah. Robins outlines the elements of this approach -- including technology adoption and a competency-referenced grading system -- and how it moved graduation rates from 78% in 2009 to 97% over the past three years.
Students who have been affected by trauma may struggle with how to appropriately respond to problems, according to National Board Certified Teacher Rita Platt. In this blog post seeking definitions and examples of trauma-informed teaching, Platt answers by sharing a five-step strategy to help students learn how to respond to big and small problems.
A quilt-sewing project is helping a class of Montana fourth-grade students learn real-world uses for their geometry skills. The finished quilts will be given to the Project Linus for distribution to children who have experienced trauma.
Wyoming high-school students are putting their algebra and geometry skills to use by building a shed that will be used by a local elementary school. The project helped students learn real-world uses for concepts such as area, slope and linear functions.
Novel approaches can help to take STEM lessons beyond the status quo, Lauren Barack writes. Barack lists three approaches, including at one school where students learn about engineering principles and that STEM questions do not always have definitive answers in a project that involves Pringles chips.
Educators and policymakers could help close the achievement gap by addressing "toxic stress" among students, according to a report co-published by the Economic Policy Institute and the Opportunity Institute. Leila Morsy of EPI writes about how trauma can affect students academically, socially and emotionally.
Elementary-school students in Florida's Bay County School District made spaceship-inspired robots using Legos at the First Lego League Junior Expo. The event seeks to get young students interested in STEM subjects in school and potential careers.
The Dallas City Council took action this week to eliminate fines from the city's library system. While existing accounts with fines had their balances zeroed out, library users who fail to return books can have their accounts cleared by returning overdue books regardless of how long they've had the items.
The education sector has long struggled to integrate efficacy in education-technology decision-making, write Jennifer Carolan of Reach Capital and Molly Zielezinski of MBZ Labs. Carolan and Zielezinski share several strategies to foster research-backed purchasing.
It wasn't until Tennessee teacher Su Williams' son was diagnosed with dyslexia that she realized her training was inadequate to teach students with the disorder. This article notes that Williams and other teachers have sought science-based specialized training to learn about dyslexia, the brain and how to help students with dyslexia achieve reading-level goals through targeted early interventions.
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