Laura Thomas, an elementary library media specialist, suggests that middle- and high-school teachers should consider adopting a strategy more commonly used in elementary-school classrooms -- the morning meeting. In this blog post, she describes how morning meetings can build community and increase cooperation.
A Maryland elementary school is testing the benefits of a group therapy program for students who have experienced trauma, cognitive disorders or anxiety. The 12-week Resilience Builder Program includes lessons in leadership, empathy, problem-solving and stress management.
Teacher Jada Reeves received a grant to organize a day of technology-based, hands-on learning activities at her West Virginia school. Students and their families participated in activities that included programming robots, making kites or exploring musical instruments.
Academic leaders can make employee reviews easier by giving a staff member their report and scripting feedback to the worker in advance, writes Ellen de Graffenreid, director of communications at Duke University's Margolis Center for Health Policy. Managers should relate all feedback to the goals and mission of the department and institution and explain how the employee's role relates to them, she asserts.
Kerry Bannister is retiring from her "dream job" as principal of a South Carolina elementary school after 18 years and says she's seen a lot of changes in her 47 years as an educator, mainly around technology and security. Bannister says she's proud of her faculty and staff and says she hopes "that the public would learn to trust the teacher."
One South Dakota school district is implementing two new programs designed to stem a growing teacher shortage. One program offers high-school and college credit for high-school students interested in becoming teachers and another provides paid classroom internships for college students.
Students should be allowed to help direct their curriculum, asserts middle-school teacher Hilary Hamilton. In this blog post, she shares how students at her school are doing that by building community and exploring their interests.
The best faculty-evaluation tools use student data in context, offer professional support and make it clear how data will be used, some experts suggest. Schools such as the University of California at Merced also offer mentoring programs to help faculty access professional development, says Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Tom Peterson.
The Mississippi Board of Education has lowered the cut score for state certification for prospective middle-school and high-school math teachers, putting the minimum score in line with other states. The move comes as many schools in the state struggle to hire math teachers, officials say.
Fourth-graders at an Oregon school loaded toy wagons with supplies and trudged through 3 miles of mud, thickets and creeks in an annual re-enactment of the Oregon Trail. The simulation is meant to give students a taste of early pioneer life, teacher Candy Trower said.