Engaging students as problem-solvers is the key to helping them develop persistence, asserts high-school math teacher Solenne Abaziou. In this blog post, she shares several strategies she uses in her own classroom, including using open-ended problems, focusing on the process and grading for participation.
There are eight key elements that can help school leaders transition a one-teacher, one-classroom model to more flexible staffing models, according to a recent report from Public Impact and the Clayton Christensen Institute. Elements include a coaching culture, school leaders who reinforce high standards and time in the schedule for collaboration.
A survey from MagnifyMoney shows that 39% of students who have taken out loans say they would consider dropping out to avoid adding more debt. More than half of those with loans say the difficulty of balancing work and school played a role in their willingness to drop out, while 26% say they worry their degree won't earn them enough cover their debt, the data show.
Students in schools across the nation have been remembering men and women who lost their lives while serving in the US military. As part of Memorial Day observations, a Connecticut high school's students heard from veterans about their war experiences, while K-6 students at a Wyoming school placed flowers on veterans' graves. Schools in Oregon and Florida held assemblies to honor military members who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Starting this fall, students in 39 states and the District of Columbia will be required to learn CPR to graduate from high school, according to the American Heart Association. Some say the lessons can help students learn life-saving skills, gain confidence and obtain insight into potential careers.
Fourth-graders at a Florida school have helped restore a local beach by growing sea oat grass for three years and planting it at a dune. The project teaches students how the environment affects local plant and animal life, teacher Ellen Asher said.
Incoming Maine high-school principal Michele LaForge believes that building relationships is essential to learning, says Superintendent of Schools Ken Kunin. In her new position, LaForge says she will help students build relationships with each other and seek to ensure that teachers have needed resources.
An elementary-school teacher in Washington, D.C., invited his students to watch him graduate with his master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. As part of his efforts to help students think about their own potential for higher education, Alejandro Diasgranados started a fundraising campaign to fund the trip to Baltimore and "college bound" T-shirts for the third- and fourth-grade students.
More than 60 two-year and four-year colleges have created support programs for students with autism over the past 20 years. However, only 39% of students with autism who enroll in a postsecondary institution earn a degree.
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