A simple teaching strategy to encourage active listening from your students. By not just having students raise their hands, but instead use hand signals, teachers can increase student participation and active listening in a discussion.
Donalyn Miller is a 6th grade language arts teacher in Texas who is said to have a "gift": She can turn even the most reluctant (or, in her words, "dormant") readers into students who can't put their books down.
First Lady Michelle Obama will be hosting a state dinner later this summer — but rather than the usual crowd of foreign dignitaries and celebrities, this event will be catered — literally — towards kids.
This sounds cool! And it would be a great activity to do with students during a health/nutrition unit.
Education Week reporter Nirvi Shah tracks news and trends of interest to the special education community, including administrators, teachers, and parents.
"Extra-wide letter spacing could be a simple, efficient way to improve the reading ability of children with dyslexia and could encourage these kids to read, further improving those skills, a group of Italian and French researchers say."
"Extra-wide letter spacing doubled students' text-reading accuracy and increased their reading speed by more than 20 percent."
In her work with UCLA's Graduate School of Education, Rebecca Alber assists teachers and schools in meeting students' academic needs through best practices.
"Three elements are essential: choices, creativity, and constructing. In other words, as long as you present options then have them create something that includes using their imaginations, you really can't go wrong."
Angelika Thompson's fourth-grade students at Fishers Elementary School will have to balance their bodies along with their studies when they start the new school year on Aug. 15.
"A study at the Mayo Clinic supports chairless classrooms, saying that exercise balls improve students' posture and muscle strength. Students also can burn off excess energy. And their concentration may improve."
I definitely support this idea and would love to use it in my classroom if it works as well as they claim and I could get the funding...
"Global collaboration is necessary to show students that they are part of something bigger than them. That the world needs to be protected and that we need to care for all people. You can show them pictures of kids in other countries but why not have them speak to each other? Then the caring can begin."
"The Fantasy Baseball Math Program was a great way to expand Pirates Charities educational programming; the program has a clear connection to baseball, but it also has proven academic outcomes for the kids who participate."
Isn't it amazing how well project based learning works!
Teacher Justin Minkel says a project he launched to get more books into the homes of his students has had a profound effect on their academic progress and connection to reading.
"The ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is 13 books to one child, while in low-income neighborhoods the ratio is one book to 300 children.
This "book gap" is easier to erase than the more complex barriers involved in poverty. Richard Allington found that giving children 12 books to take home over the summer resulted in gains equal to summer school for lower-income children, and had twice the impact of summer school for the poorest of those children."
"It provides some important basic nutritional needs to its tenders, but feeds more than their stomachs. It satisfies their appetite for social interaction, nurturing and a sense of place"
"Nutrition, science, math, growing things and harvesting them — lots of learning opportunities that can kind of sneak up on those anti-book kids," Gallagher said. "They aren't thrilled about adding four plus nine to get 13 until they're counting how many carrots they've grown."
I would love to have a garden at my school. So many learning opportunities!
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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