Students were able to recall a list of words better if they made a guess than if they memorized the list, according to a study. Study author Nicole Anderson explains that guessing can provide students with "stepping stones to remembering the right answer."
Collaborative writing teaches students valuable workplace social skills and builds their confidence as writers, educator and author Jeremy Hyler writes. In this article, Hyler shares lesson and assessment ideas for collaborative writing projects and includes details on technology tools to ease the process.
Students in Texas school districts are learning math in a more conceptual way instead of relying on rote memorization. The process can be confusing for some parents when it comes to homework, says Marcy Corley, Frisco Independent School District's elementary and math coordinator, so her district created online videos to help parents understand the methods.
Pinellas Technical High School opened its doors this week as the first full-time technical high school in Pinellas County, Fla. The school is offering six career programs in fields such as nursing, electricity, and digital and graphic arts, and there already is a waiting list for admissions.
An Illinois junior high school is aiming to change how it grades students to offer feedback beyond grades. According to the proposal, teachers would rank students on a number scale for academic habits, such as classroom engagement and initiative, while practice assignments, such as homework and quizzes, would receive more weight in letter grades.
Early results of a recent report show about 20,000 unfilled freshman seats in Chicago Public Schools, with 13,000 expected to remain empty once enrollment is completed. Researchers point to various causes of "excess capacity" in neighborhood schools, but they say more accurate data will come after the beginning of the school year.
Executive-functioning skills should be taught to help students improve their productivity in school, writes educator and consultant Gary Abud Jr. In this blog post, Abud suggests that students need more than planners to develop organizational skills, such as learning to plan ahead to complete tasks on their to-do lists to improve their time-management skills.
K-12 education experts say some of the top concerns for district leaders implementing the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act center on such areas as testing and fair distribution of funding. Jeff Simering, director of legislative services for the Council of the Great City Schools, says he expects leaders to have more questions as states finalize their accountability plans.
Leadership coaching for principals and teachers can be effective when they approach it with a growth mindset and are ready to have their beliefs challenged, writes author and former principal Peter DeWitt. In this blog post, he outlines the benefits of coaching as a form of professional development.
Educators can incorporate social and emotional learning into the classroom by modeling and discussing skills such as problem-solving, empathy, flexibility and teamwork, writes Katie Pozil, a teacher and lead educator for EQtainment. In this blog post, she introduces some tips and tools make SEL a success.
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