Educators can help students understand the importance of good financial habits by sharing their personal experiences with money, especially challenges, NFL wide receiver Arrelious Benn says. Benn, who is working with an online financial-literacy program, aims to help young people develop skills and habits that lead to responsible, stable financial futures.
Technology can support classical education, a centuries-old approach that focuses on philosophy, deep reading of classical literature and exploring issues through a moral lens, Dana Weeks writes. Weeks shares how students use iPads to examine Latin texts and QR codes to share poetry projects with family and friends.
Middle-school teacher Jill Fletcher describes how she uses paper Twitter-style boards in her classroom with two goals in mind. In this blog post, she describes how she uses the Twitter board for formative assessments and to help build community as students write short thoughts to engage their peers.
Children along the US-Mexico border who have been separated from their parents may experience lasting physical harm, several researchers suggest. The increased stress from separation can affect a child's immune system and can increase their risk of developing diabetes, heart disease or other health problems.
The World Health Organization announced this week that it is now listing "gaming disorder" among its recognized mental disorders. Liz Kolb, a clinical associate professor of teacher education and learning technologies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, said that educational gaming and games should not be viewed through the same lens.
Social media use had positive outcomes for 9- and 10-year-olds who participated in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study. The study's results show that social media use led to increased physical activity, less family conflict and better sleep, compared with traditional TV or video-game screen time, which worsened sleep and family conflict.
Educators at a high school in Virginia have adopted a comprehensive approach to helping students with cognitive delays prepare for jobs and to live independently. In this commentary, Amy Schuiteboer, one of the district's school improvement specialists, shares seven ways to make the approach successful, including using a holistic strategy, engaging the community and using data.
Most school districts don't have a policy about what personal information teachers should share with their students, says Julie Underwood, a professor of education law, policy and practice at the University of Wisconsin, but she suggests teachers share age-appropriate information with a pedagogical purpose. This issue has come under scrutiny since a Texas teacher was fired after parents complained it was inappropriate for her to share a photo of her same-sex partner.
Lessons in coding can be integrated across the curriculum, asserts Jennifer Passi, an instructional coach at River Ridge Elementary in Austin, Texas. In this blog post, she shares five cross-curricular coding projects.
Educators and counselors in schools nationwide are being called upon to help students affected by the opioid epidemic, even though education funding has been cut and there are fewer counselors to respond to the demand. "I think we expect [...] schools to handle everything. ... Well, they can't do it all," said Chad Napier, prevention and education coordinator for the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in West Virginia and Virginia.
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