High-level math experiences top more students' to-do lists | Tips for 21st-century teaching, learning | 5 strategies to encourage students to ask questions
February 10, 2016
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High-level math experiences top more students' to-do lists
Students with a penchant for math have more opportunities than ever to strengthen and flex their skills through after-school programs, math circles and competitions. Some say the growth reveals a developing trend in math education. "For American students who have an appetite to learn math at a high level, something very big is happening," says Paul Zeitz, a University of San Francisco math professor. "It's very dramatic and it's happening very fast." The Atlantic (3/2016)
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Tips for 21st-century teaching, learning
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Students need to prepare for life after high school by learning 21st-century skills taught in school, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Sandy Merz. In this blog post, Merz writes that project-based learning, makerspaces and the use of open educational resources help educators teach 21st-century skills along with the curriculum. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/8)
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5 strategies to encourage students to ask questions
Children ask thousands of questions -- about 40,000 between ages 2 and 5, says author and innovation expert Warren Berger. Berger questions why older children stop asking as many questions and how adults -- parents and teachers -- can encourage students to ask more questions. KQED.org (2/9)
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Educator: Teacher teams can change schools
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Teacher teams have the power to transform schools into places where all students receive an equitable education, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes. In this blog post, she describes the characteristics of good teams and how they work using a middle school as an example. Edutopia.org (2/8)
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Report: 9 in 10 US schools have computers
More computers are in use in education than in some other industries, including health care, according to a report from the US Energy Information Administration. Data show computer use has grown 6 percentage points since 2003, with 9 out of 10 schools using computers. Such growth has sparked creation of organizations focused on tracking the trend. The Hechinger Report (2/10)
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Obama proposes $120M competitive-grant program for schools
President Barack Obama's final budget proposal includes a new, $120 million competitive-grant program for schools. The "Stronger Together" program seeks to help integrate schools along socioeconomic lines. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (2/9)
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Unpaid meal debt creates financial challenges for schools
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About 71% of school districts reported unpaid student meal debt during the 2012-13 school year, according to the School Nutrition Association. Unpaid meal debt in larger districts can reach as much as $4.7 million. Districts are working to tackle the challenge with formal and informal solutions. SNA spokeswoman Diane Pratt-Heavner recommends policies "that respect students while preventing escalating unpaid meal debts." The Atlantic online (2/9)
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PE may boost math scores, study finds
Students in Washington, D.C., receiving more time for physical education scored higher overall on math exams, according to a study by researchers at American University. The study focused on students' achievement since passage of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act in 2010, which required schools to integrate PE into the school day. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (2/9)
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Helping ELLs excel: Engaging your beginners
In this Educational Leadership article, Jane Hill shares six do's and don'ts to help teachers engage students at all stages of speaking English, including the first levels. Because beginning-level ELLs often can't communicate what they already know or what they're taking in about a topic, it's hard to know whether you are reaching them at the right level, but being aware of the stages of second-language acquisition and following these tips will help teachers be more sure-footed in their instruction. Read on.
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