Here's a collection of some great tools to use with your geometry students. Whether you're teaching explicit skills or encouraging exploration and play for conceptual development, these tools can help your students' geometric knowledge really take shape!
As a movement to reform high school gains momentum around the country, vocational education is being revived. New models are seeking to change the reputation of career and technical classes as dumping grounds for the students who can’t make it in the academic track. These new programs emphasize both careers and college, and though they tend to promise an internship or interview with partner companies that can lead to opportunities, they don’t go so far as to guarantee a job.
At schools around the globe, girls outscore boys, and bored students are better test takers than their more motivated peers. These topsy-turvy observations are the latest findings in a report from the Washington-based Brookings Institution, research that is part of a long-running series that aims to put a finger on the pulse of academics in the United States and abroad.
Emily Talmage is an elementary school teacher in Lewiston, Maine who did some research on the new Common Core tests that her students are taking this spring. In Maine, students are taking the Maine Educational Assessments in math and English Language Arts, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of the two multi-state consortia given a total of some $360 million in federal funds to develop new exams that align with the Core standards. In this post, Talmage reports on what she found.
Since Robert Putnam's youth, America has become more racially and religiously integrated, but more segregated by class. In his new book "Our Kids," the Harvard professor -- of "Bowling Alone" fame -- argues that social immobility presents an economic problem for all Americans -- not just the poor kids.
"Spring is a time of new beginnings, of green shoots in wet soil, of budding trees, and kids let out to play. It's also a perfect time for a special edition of the Scout Report. On this, the vernal equinox, the following annotations will welcome readers into the heart of spring, with an emphasis on the science, the art, and the culture of the season. Through this collection of resources, we hope readers will find their own joy at the end of winter and the beginning of a new season of light. For, as Pablo Neruda once said, "You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot stop the spring." "
to access the links and read the annotations for each of the sites listed below.
The Science of Spring
National Geographic Education: The Reason for the Seasons United States Botanic Garden Solstice and Equinox ("Suntrack") Model (PDF) Caroline Dean Wildflower Collection Smithsonian Libraries: Butterflies and Moths
The Art of Spring
Poetry Foundation: Spring Poems Wu Han Plays Tchaikovsky, Month by Month The Walt Whitman Archive: Published Works 1637 Tulipmania William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience
The Culture of Spring
Celebrating Nowruz: A Resource for Educators (PDF) Spring Cleaning: Surprising Strategies for Finally Organizing Your Space Cherry Blossom Festival Holi Festival 2015 May Day Celebrations
The excerpt below is from the book “Building a Community of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies to Help Students Thrive in School and Beyond,” by Larry Ferlazzo. This excerpt is from the chapter entitled “I Still Want to Know: How Can You Get Students More Interested in Reading and Writing?”
March Medals Madness: Which titles will win the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction? Test your book award expertise. Give us your picks for the shortlist for a chance to win!
The question is, what will happen when teachers are systematically rewarded, or punished, based to some extent on standardized tests? If we really want our children to learn more, the design of any system must be carefully thought through, to avoid sending incentives astray.
“When you put a lot of weight on one measure, people will try to do well on that measure,” Jonah Rockoff of Columbia said. “Some things they do will be good, in line with the objectives. Others will amount to cheating or gaming the system.”
"Gone are the days of dusty slides, dimmed lights, and the sound of a shuffling projector. The digital shift has drastically changed how we study art history. Slides are now high-resolution images. Museum visits are bolstered with virtual tours. Thirty-pound textbooks are reborn as online databases. Naturally, these changes have generated tons of new resources -- not just vast databases, but also curricular resources to build lessons and engage students."
The Education Department published on its Homeroom blog a piece titled “A Different Approach to NCAA Bracketology,” which looks at which schools would come out on top if academic performance were considered for both men and women in the March Madness tournaments.
Los Angeles teachers and school district administrators are doing battle once again. Contract talks broke down last month after 18 rounds of negotiations on raises, healthcare costs, class size, employee evaluation and charter schools. Mediation begins next week. Strike language and recriminations grow louder.
Given the potential long-term impact of any settlement, it is a shame that a major stakeholder can't be at the negotiating table. Namely, college graduates considering whether to pursue a teaching career
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