Students in third, fourth and fifth grades at Frank Jacinto Elementary in Lorain, Ohio, will keep gratitude journals this year as part of the Grateful Peoples Project. The project is aimed at helping students improve their writing, learn more about themselves and become more aware of positive things in their lives.
Kari Pepper, the Colorado Art Education Association's state Art Educator of the Year, wants her students to pursue their individual creative visions rather than adhere to cookie-cutter ideas of what art should be. Pepper, who teaches at Mountain Middle School in Durango, Colo., encourages students to explore STEAM and looks for ways their art skills might be applied to their future careers.
Pennsylvania's Keystone Central School District is considering dedicating areas at Central Mountain High School and Central Mountain Middle School for "grab and go" food due to increasing demand. Food service director Sharon Berger says the goal for the high school would be to expand the school store area to increase the number of grab-and-go breakfasts served and to offer second-chance breakfasts and grab-and-go lunches for the 2020-2021 school year.
A class of Texas eighth-grade students used artifacts and other materials from a trunk provided by the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum to learn about the Holocaust. The student, who have read the writings of Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel, examined the contents of the truck including books and replicas of armbands worn by Jews and others during the time period.
Students need to understand the importance of financial literacy and preparing for the future, says Hilary Wimmer, Colorado's Teacher of the Year. Wimmer says she likes to spice up her business classes by challenging students to come up with products that would be useful in a zombie apocalypse.
Fifth-grade students in Iowa used virtual reality technology to study galaxies, constellations and other celestial objects as part of National STEM Day activities. Organizers of the event say they hope to inspire students to pursue STEM-based careers.
Utah junior high school principal Mary Bosso says turning around her academically struggling school has been a challenge and requires interventions for students and support for teachers. "They are working hard together for what's best for kids and that's what it takes to turn a school around," Bosso says.
Using a book club model to build girls' confidence
When Massachusetts principal Liz Garden brought together girls experiencing fifth-grade girl drama, the students were delighted to have time to share thoughts and feelings. That first session grew into a book group centering on girls building confidence. Girls want to be heard! Read more.
Conferring with students: A power tool in any subject
Unlike quick teacher check-ins, teaching conferences allow for a deep conversation with a student in just 5 or 6 minutes. And they're not just for ELA teachers and balanced literacy. Teaching coach Katie McGrath shares step by step conferring tips to target learning in any content area. Read on.