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TEACHING KIDS TO BE CONFIDENT AND SOCIAL

In addition to academic topics such as science, math, and language, social skills are one of the most important skill sets learned mostly by osmosis during the school day. Students learn how to interact with peers both within their grade and outside of it, as well as with authority figures in the form of teachers, [...]

BEING WRONG CAN BE RIGHT FOR EFFECTIVE LEARNING TOO

Many classrooms today consist of teachers correcting students in an attempt to teach them the “right” answer. Whether it’s fill-in-the-blank multiplication tables or multiple choice tests, the focus is simply on getting answers correct. But when teachers focus on students’ wrong answers, and the logic that the students applied to arrive at those answers, the [...]

SCHOOL SUSPENSION… GOOD OR BAD?

Teachers are responsible for creating a safe, stable learning environment for their students through various disciplinary tactics. Suspending students from school is one of the most common forms of discipline, with the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) reporting that 2.8 million K-12 students received at least one out-of-school suspension (OSS) [...]

RESURRECTING THE ART CULTURE WITH TECHNOLOGY

With continued budget cuts, a greater focus on math and reading education, and an enduring emphasis on standardized testing, the future for art education in public schools around the U.S. may seem bleak. However, the growth of technology and software over the same period can provide educators with novel and inexpensive options for new art [...]

CLASSROOM TECH THAT ARE BECOMING OBSOLETE

Cutting edge classroom technology from 2000 was decidedly less advanced than what the average student can expect today. Educational videos were often shown on video tapes with a TV and VCR that were wheeled into the room. Overhead projectors and floppy disks were classroom staples, and blackboards were still to the go-to teaching tool. In [...]

ARE BOYS LOSING INTEREST IN STEM?

Boys’ interest in STEM careers has dropped over the past year, while girls’ interest remains the same, according to an annual survey from Junior Achievement and Ernst & Young LLP. Last year, 36 percent of surveyed male high school students said they wanted a STEM career, but this year, only 24 percent reported the same. [...]

HOW TO SPOT A GOOD SCHOOL

When a society changes, so then must its tools. Definitions of purpose and quality must also be revised continuously. What should a school “do”? Be? How can we tell a good school from a bad one? This really starts at the human level, but that’s a broader issue. For now, let’s consider that schools are simply pieces of [...]

CHALLENGES TO EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

It’s hard to imagine going hours without using any sort of common technology in the course of our daily lives, but that’s exactly what happens in many classrooms across America. While education technology has grown as a field over the past few years, many schools and classrooms struggle with adopting new technology. Teachers and administrators [...]

ARE SOCIAL MEDIA SLANGS GOOD OR BAD FOR CLASSROOM LEARNING?

The Use of Slangs The term “slang” refers to any word or phrase used in informal settings among certain groups of people (e.g. subcultures, regions, etc.). Slang can be a common word or phrase used in a new context (e.g. that jacket is “sick”), a new word or phrase (e.g. her hair is “on fleek”), [...]

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