A Delaware school for students with learning disabilities uses a STEM curriculum to engage students in learning. The hands-on nature of the lessons allows some students to find success using their stronger visual-spatial skills, according to teacher Laurie Drumm.
A study in JAMA Ophthalmology showed that youths with amblyopia had significantly lower mean self-perceived physical competence and peer acceptance scores, compared with healthy controls, with self-perceived physical competence significantly tied to stereoacuity and catching and aiming skills among those with amblyopia. The findings, based on data involving 110 children ages 3 to 7, also showed significantly reduced mean physical competence scores among those who didn't have amblyopia but received treatment for anisometropia or strabismus.
Kansas English teacher Andrea Marshbank recently published a compilation of essays written by her high-school freshmen as part of their self-selected research projects. The publication gave students the experience of writing for an audience beyond their classroom, said Marshbank, who is selling the book at cost.
The University of North Dakota School of Medicine plans to provide STEM training to teachers who work in middle and high schools serving Native American students. The grant program will bring teachers to the medical school campus to provide them with laboratory experience to teach more hands-on lessons to their students.
Students at a New Jersey elementary school used toothpicks, coins and candies to sharpen their math skills during a recent math night event. Teachers also were on hand to show parents how to access math lessons on their computers at home.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida expanded students' access to technology in so-called digital deserts to help raise its graduation rate to 90% by 2020, according to Lisette Alves, assistant superintendent, division of academics for the district. Alves describes the tech rollout and shares three lessons the district learned.
Students often enter the classroom with misconceptions and erroneous information about a topic, writes Curtis Chandler, an education professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho. Chandler offers tips to help repair these misconceptions, including sparking dialogue about students' assumptions on a topic and introducing the facts.
Government officials in Morocco are encouraging the teaching of French in formal education, and have proposed that the language be used to teach science, math and technical courses. The country's official languages are Arabic and Amazigh, but French is used in business, higher-education institutions and government, and some officials tout the benefits of increasing proficiency.
The human brain was not designed to read, and in the digital age people increasingly are skimming rather than reading in depth, according to two university educators. This trend could affect critical thinking and empathy that is fueled by deeper reading, asserts Maryanne Wolf of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Eight California high-school students have interviewed and written profiles of 36 business owners, political leaders and educators in Bakersfield to produce a book highlighting the unique history of the city. One hundred copies of "Greetings From Bakersfield" will be printed to sell at a local museum.