It has been about 15 years since the US military invaded Iraq, but it may be too soon to cover in depth in the classroom, says high-school history teacher India Meissel, president-elect of the National Council for the Social Studies. Some educators say the war presents difficulties because it isn't covered in older textbooks, students lack base knowledge and military action is still ongoing.
Compliments related to physical appearance may have a negative effect on female students' math performance, according to a study of college students published in the Psychology of Women Quarterly. Researchers found that the effect was strongest for women who "were chronically preoccupied with their physical appearance."
Students with special needs at an Illinois school are learning geography by making weekly connections with other students at schools across the globe or from virtual field trips through Skype. The class has talked to students in Puerto Rico where they had no electricity, toured a zoo in Scotland and viewed the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
African-American male teachers may have to be disciplinarians first and teachers second in their schools, according to a study of 27 teachers in Boston's public schools by researchers at Boston University. Identified by pseudonyms, the teachers described how the additional responsibility affected their students and teaching.
Police officer Chris Scanga has started a reading program at a Missouri elementary school where he serves as a resource officer. Scanga says students read and keep one book a week during the eight-week program that aims to build students' literacy skills while helping to make positive connections with the police.
Grade 11 student Liam Christy in British Columbia is lobbying for proposed legislation that would lower the voting age to 16. Christy says students could become lifelong voters if they are engaged in the electoral process while they're still learning about politics and government in high school.
Martha Zierden, curator of historical archaeology at the Charleston Museum in South Carolina, is helping to tell the city's unwritten history through archaeological digs and other efforts. Zierden shares how fragments of found objects can help tell the stories of the daily lives and contributions made by slaves to the community.
Google plans to roll out a feature this month to help users of its Maps program find wheelchair-accessible public-transit stops in some major cities, such as New York and London. The feature is part of others introduced to help individuals with disabilities to use the program, such as images of transit stops.
Real discipline should always be about learning, asserts Jim Dillon, an educator and administrator. In this blog post, he highlights how supportive environments can help facilitate positive progress for students who exhibit behavior issues.
Project-based learning is helping Maryland teacher Judy Sandler engage her third-grade students in social studies. In this blog post, she describes how a unit on Native Americans has expanded to cover a semester using PBL that addresses such topics as stereotypes and Native American imagery as sports mascots.