The web and phone-based tool, Quizlet, has helped middle-school teacher Michael Snead boost test scores, tailor learning for students with special needs and keep students engaged. In this commentary, Snead shares five ways to use the tool -- both in and out of the classroom.
Many states have changed their academic standards in response to the Common Core State Standards, but that has not necessarily led to improved performance, says Dan Hamlin, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. In this Q&A, Hamlin discusses his research on the Common Core backlash among states as well as the disconnect between improved standards and improved student test scores.
A math teacher in an all-boys high school in Detroit also runs the on-campus greenhouse and garden and teaches her students how to cook. In this Q&A, Marquita Reese describes her work and how she uses a survey to get to know her students.
Sixteen Boston-area high-school students are learning about social and political issues in a civics course offered at a summer camp. The training they receive is designed to help them develop leadership skills, so they can address issues in their communities and mentor their peers.
Teachers who work in high-poverty schools should be eligible for a federal tax credit that could raise their salaries by as much as $10,000 annually, according to a proposal by the Center for American Progress. The proposal comes amid nationwide protests over teacher pay, which has not kept up with the cost of living in some states.
The University of North Florida and a school serving students with special needs have partnered on a summer camp that integrates students with special needs and those without. The students participate in swimming, sports and games together during the camp.
One of the keys to establishing an effective learning environment is ensuring that students feel heard, asserts Beth Pandolpho, a high-school English teacher in New Jersey. In this blog post, she offers several ways to get students talking and offers tips to help teachers show students they are listening.
Educators in Chicago are working to improve outcomes for students through personalized learning, asserts Lisa Epstein, an elementary-school principal. In this commentary, she shares how the approach gives students more autonomy over their own education and creates opportunities for teachers to collaborate.
Teachers are 30% more likely to take additional jobs than other professionals, particularly during the summer. National Board Certified Teacher Ben Sullens says he supplements his salary by driving for a ride-hailing company, administering the SAT and may start delivering food.
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