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How to squeeze PBL into math classes
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Creating a project-based learning structure in a math class isn't always intuitive, and worrying about the pacing needed to cover standards often is a roadblock, according to retired math and engineering teacher Chris Fanche and high-school math teacher Telannia Norfa in this Q&A from Larry Ferlazzo. They and PBL advocate and author Suzie Boss share how to incorporate PBL and recommend planning for such projects at least twice a year by a work-revise-reflect model and leveraging issues that concern students.
Full Story: Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (4/19) 
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4th-graders practice math skills through games
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Fourth-grade students from Opelousas, La., participated in a math-based Easter egg hunt designed by teacher Heba Elseginy, who gave students candy for correctly answering math problems. Games add an element of fun to classwork, says Elseginy, who also has students play a math-intensive version of red light/green light.
Full Story: The Advertiser (Lafayette, La.) (tiered subscription model) (4/19) 
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"Tech nerd" history teacher shares go-to tools
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Digital tools are essential to the hybrid classroom of world history teacher Jamie Ellman, who says she utilizes pre-recorded videos, primary source materials and interactive assignments. A self-described "tech nerd," Ellman explains her planned review for the Texas annual standardized exam -- each student will build a website that features content and study tools for every test unit -- and shares some of her go-to tools and Google extensions, including Screencastify.
Full Story: EdTech (4/19) 
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Curriculum
Students, others lobby for increase in financial literacy
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High-school sophomore Zoe McCall, 15, of Maryland is lobbying for mandatory personal finance classes, given that just 21 states include the subject as a graduation requirement and fewer have a stand-alone course, according to the Council for Economic Education. Some curriculum can be used with kids as young as 7, economist Julie Heath says, and research indicates that students exposed to financial literacy tend to have some better financial stability as adults.
Full Story: CNBC (4/16) 
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Marietta City Schools in Ohio is putting students in grades seven through 12 on one campus and plans to broaden its STEM and talented and gifted programs at the same time, says assistant high-school principal Tim Fleming, the district's incoming director of curriculum and technology. Math and social studies will get the biggest shake-up and students will benefit by having all of the teacher experts in one location, making it easier for them to collaborate and tackle professional development, Fleming says.
Full Story: The Marietta Times (Ohio) (4/16) 
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Policy & Legislation
High-school students in Pennsylvania are proposing several potential solutions to raise funds for the state's transportation needs. The effort is part of a contest hosted by the state's Department of Transportation.
Full Story: York Daily Record (Pa.) (4/19) 
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Studies link school environment with achievement
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School infrastructure and learning environments can affect academic outcomes for students, according to a review of more than a dozen studies over the past several years. Researchers have found poorly ventilated classrooms harm student learning, and students whose schools are in areas with poor air quality have lower test scores or poorer attendance -- and sometimes both.
Full Story: Chalkbeat (4/14) 
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