Ohio is considering changing high-school graduation requirements so students only have to be "competent," rather than "proficient," in Algebra I and English II to receive a diploma. The state superintendent, Paolo DeMaria, proposed the change, which will affect students graduating in 2023 if the plan passes.
Melynee Naegele, a math and special-education teacher at Will Rogers Junior High School in Oklahoma, uses the film "Hidden Figures" to talk to students about perseverance and a growth mindset in math. Naegele points out similarities between the characters' work on math problems and her students' math assignments, and students get to work on a group project similar to one from the movie.
Nikolay Middle School in Wisconsin is seeing some improvements in math scores after its district implemented the Core Connections curriculum, which focuses more on collaboration and reasoning instead of memorization. Students work in groups to solve problems, and teachers answer questions by asking their own questions to guide students through their thinking, principal Krista Jones says.
Students from 19 schools recently participated in a financial literacy program hosted by Junior Achievement of Northern California. After 13 in-class lessons on topics such as budgeting and investing, students went to the local fairgrounds where they visited stations to explore how to meet the financial needs of an avatar with a backstory.
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The theater is full of magic -- and, for teachers, a potential STEAM lesson in action, writes former educator Anne Jolly. In this blog post, she shares lesson plans that marry arts and STEM, such as asking students to act out scientific ideas through music and dance.
A coronavirus outbreak is expected to affect the US, and schools should begin preparations if they have not already, said Nancy Messonnier, a CDC director. While other administration officials downplayed concerns, Messonnier said schools should consider virtual options to help prevent disruptions in learning and maintain the health of students.
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