Science resource teacher Matt Staggs taught fifth-grade students about electrical circuits by sewing LED lights and batteries into T-shirts with conductive thread. Through the hands-on activity, Staggs aimed to teach students patience and perseverance and how electricity works.
Educator Meg Richard suggests in this blog post that teachers tap into students' enthusiasm for Halloween by incorporating the theme into science, technology, engineering, art and math projects. She shares links, tips and videos for several Halloween-inspired STEAM lessons.
Forty-one percent of educators say students learn faster with technology, but 78% say teachers need more training to use those tools in the classroom, according to a survey from SAM Labs. The survey found that 65% of teachers say technology use has improved student performance in math, while 56% report seeing improvements in reading and writing.
Students from more than 40 high schools in Arizona participated recently in Construction Career Days. During the event, students learned the basics of construction and were able to network with potential employers.
Many high-school students are working on their college-application essays, with some finding that the writing style requires a different approach than the standard five-paragraph essay. Admissions officers and others in this article offer tips for writing the college-application essay.
Student achievement has improved in District of Columbia Public Schools under LEAP -- LEarning together to Advance our Practice -- which is a professional-development model for teachers. The model includes weekly seminars, classroom observations and ongoing feedback as teachers put what they learn into practice.
Happy Halloween! Not only is it the first of the fall holidays, but tomorrow is Nov. 1, and a good time to start planning for how to incorporate Thanksgiving into your classroom. To celebrate the season, we collected our favorite Thanksgiving activity ideas and materials (primarily for grades K-8), to incorporate in your November learning line-up. Read more.
Community Project: Impacting Change
With one of the biggest volunteering seasons just around the corner, check out our guide to helping students create service projects that not only enrich the community, but also help develop important leadership skills for your students. Read more.