Understanding how groups of people have been categorized by labels, such as Native American versus American Indian, can help students develop the skills needed to tackle controversial topics, writes history teacher Lauren Brown. In this blog post, Brown suggests ways to construct lessons around this topic, including the study of why some names are offensive.
Students who feel more connected with their families, peers and schools are less likely to participate in bullying, according to a survey of 900 middle-schoolers by researchers at the University of Missouri's College of Education. Researchers also found that students can move in and out of bullying behavior.
Teachers are more likely to ask other teachers for advice on instruction but turn to administrators and support staff for nonacademic needs, such as challenges with behavior or attendance, according to Rand Corp.'s American Educator Panels. Some teachers report they are building their own resources from information found online and in print materials.
A report aims to help community-based organizations incorporate digital tools into their youth programs to help nurture social and emotional learning skills. Tools, including esports programs and digital maker projects, are good ways to teach collaboration, relationship-building and empathy, says Rafi Santo, a researcher for the report.
Christina Mier, an elementary-school teacher in El Paso, Texas, says she has revised her instructional planning in the wake of racially-motivated violence in her community. In this opinion article, Mier shares how she plans to create a safe space for students in which they accept one another, share similarities and celebrate their differences.
Eighth-grade science teacher Terri Skinner spent part of the summer exploring how climate change is affecting the Arctic. Skinner set sail from Norway with professors and researchers, maintained a blog about her experiences to share with students and plans to start a climate club at her school in Texas.
Students in special education in Reading, Pa., will be able to learn and practice life skills such as ironing clothes and cooking meals in a new classroom being built at Central Middle School. The school district already offered a life-skills curriculum, but the new classroom will provide a central location where students can practice the skills they learn, officials say.
Researchers from The Violence Project are working to develop a training program, based on their data, to help educators prevent future incidents of school violence. Jillian Peterson, a project leader, says, for example, that current drills and safety practices in schools may not be effective.
As many as 30% of schools in the US may lack air conditioning, writes environmental economist R. Jisung Park. In this opinion piece, he asserts that this disparity may affect learning -- in particular for black and Hispanic students, who are more likely to learn in classrooms that are not air-conditioned.
CDC researchers found that 35.4% of US nonsmoking youths ages 3 to 17 had secondhand smoke exposure from tobacco between 2013 and 2016, with those ages 3 to 11 having higher SHS exposure rates than older youths. The findings in the agency's NCHS Data Brief also showed higher odds of secondhand smoke exposure among black youths and those from families living below poverty level.
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