Experts agree that word-learning relies on repeated, substantive exposure to vocabulary, education consultant and author Amy Benjamin writes. Benjamin recommends casually introducing targeted words, and reinforcing words with facial expressions and hand gestures, among other strategies.
Educators who are "adaptive experts" drive good instruction, suggests Daniel Schwartz, dean of Stanford's Graduate School of Education, who spoke during the recent Learning and the Brain conference. He noted the benefits of reflection when trying new strategies.
Two US congressmen -- one Republican and one Democrat -- livestreamed their recent cross-country road trip on Facebook. The bipartisan journey -- which included discussions on health care as well as Russia and the 2016 election -- offered lessons on civic engagement, including how to have a constructive conversation with someone who has an opposing viewpoint.
Some New York school districts partner with local colleges and community colleges to offer courses to their students. This year, the Agricultural Studies Academy was launched with Cornell Cooperative Extension, allowing high-school seniors to earn seven college credits in agricultural sciences and budget management.
Jerry Swiatek, founder and organizer of Edcamp Citrus, and Mary Beth Hertz, founding member of Edcamp Philly, discuss the model and its potential benefits for educators. In particular, they focus on how the professional-development model works for high-school teachers.
If personalized learning works for students, can it also work for teachers? Administrators in some school districts, including some in Mississippi, Kansas, Tennessee and Wisconsin, are tapping personalized learning for professional development.
At the moment of vernal equinox (March 20), the Sun shines equally on the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and day and night are of equal length. This day presents a great opportunity for elementary-school students to learn how the Earth's orbit affects its seasons, as well as to celebrate the coming of spring. Read more.
Could You Use a Nap?
Napping sounds like "kid stuff," but studies show that both teens and adults could benefit from more sleep. Read about the possible benefits of implementing nap time at the high-school level, and let us know what you think. Read more.
I have accepted fear as a part of life, specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: Turn back.