It can be increasingly difficult for teachers to avoid losing their "cool" as the school year wraps up, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Rita Platt. In this blog post, she shares three examples of difficult situations in which she maintained her cool.
A group of 20 juniors and seniors at a Florida high school recently published an anthology of poems they wrote for Black History Month titled, "Rhyme, Rhythm, Refrain." The students conducted research for the project and recently presented their work during a celebration of the book, which also will be distributed to other area middle and high schools for use by English and history teachers.
California school district seniors who this year became involved in causes such as March for Our Lives and the National School Walkout recently reflected on their civic participation, saying they plan to continue their activism after high school. Some students also became involved in other ways, such as registering peers to vote, and say they were inspired to pursue their interests in politics and social causes.
Educators in some classrooms are adopting the Question Formulation Technique, which empowers students to ask better questions and gather different information. High-school science teacher Regina Donour adopted QFT to teach lessons under the Next Generation Science Standards and says the method helps engage students.
In a Washington state school district, students must learn 3D printing to enroll in a Boeing manufacturing program as students nationwide are increasingly using the technology. Christopher Nesmith, career and technical education director with the district, describes the technology as a "regular part of the curriculum."
Former US Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Twitter that he and his family would support a measure to boycott schools until stricter gun-control measures are enacted. Duncan, who said he is open to other ideas, stated: "We will see whether this gains traction, or something does, but we have to think radically."
Educators and therapists at a small Australian school serving students with special needs are using a trampoline and swing set to help students regulate their behavior through exercise. When students return to their mainstream schools, they can use the outdoor playground, indoor exercise equipment or fidget tools for the same purpose.
Students in Moreno Valley Unified School District in California whose math assessments show they are struggling have an opportunity to receive online tutoring, writes Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora. In this commentary, Kedziora shares a step-by-step guide to his district's data-driven approach to helping students.
Calls to US poison control centers for youths younger than 20 who were exposed to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder drugs totaled 156,365 from 2000 to 2014, with call volume rising by 60% during the same period, researchers reported in Pediatrics. Three-quarters of exposures involved children aged 12 or younger, while nearly 50% of exposures among teens involved intentional misuse of the drugs or possible suicide attempts.
An Indiana school district has created a program to be an alternative to suspension, where students work with a behavioral interventionist on social skills while maintaining their courses. The program is credited with reducing out-of-school suspensions at the district's middle and high schools.
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