New college students were more likely to be enrolled in credit-bearing courses when several factors were considered, according to a study of thousands of students enrolled in seven New York community colleges. Colleges that participated in the study considered traditional placement exams, as well as grade point average, the time elapsed between the student's graduation and college enrollment and, in some cases, state test scores.
Teachers should make an effort to ensure they are pronouncing students' names correctly and encourage students to let them know if they are missing the mark, suggests Susan Balogh, a teacher in Massachusetts. In this article, Balogh, along with other teachers, share strategies for the correct pronunciations of students' names, which Christine Yeh, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Education, says helps develop trust and rapport among students and teachers.
Middle- and high-school students can compete for up to $100,000 by producing a documentary on what it means to be an American in a contest sponsored by C-SPAN. Documentaries entered into the "Student-Cam" competition should be 5 to 7 minutes in length and focus on areas such as constitutional rights or historic events.
High-school students with school-issued devices are more likely to email their teachers with questions, take notes in class and collaborate with their classmates, among other tasks, according to results of a survey by the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning. Some students said emailing teachers with questions helps alleviate anxiety, Speak Up CEO Julie Evans says.
Social media can be useful in schools, but teachers need to be mindful of students' privacy when they use it, writes Keith Earls, a former classroom teacher and current law-school student. In this commentary, he offers seven tips for teachers to consider when using social media, including learning about privacy settings and the law, as well as keeping separate accounts for personal and professional use.
A survey of more than 700 educators indicates that teachers think their students with "reading barriers," such as dyslexia or low vision, were prepared for school if students had accessible texts and technology, according to data from Benetech, a California company that offers free, accessible texts. Support by administrators also contributed to readiness.
Typically antisocial octopuses become more friendly with other octopuses when under the influence of MDMA, the active ingredient in the drug ecstasy, according to findings published in Current Biology. The octopuses' response is similar to that of humans, suggesting the basis for the behavior may have evolved in a shared ancestor over 500 million years ago.
New Jersey high-school principal Bill Cunningham says he's dedicated to building a "culture of collaboration" at his new school by meeting with faculty, staff, parents and students. Communication is crucial to making such a culture work, Cunningham says, and he wants everyone to feel like they can bring their concerns to him.
Graphic novels can engage middle-school readers and offer deep, visual-rich text that can be analyzed in class, doctoral student and former middle-grades teacher Jason DeHart writes in this blog post. He describes three graphic novels that focus on identity and provide material for student discussions in deeper issues.
Students at an Arkansas high school are gaining experience that they can use for their future careers. The school's CASS program allows students hands-on learning in manufacturing, welding and health care, and the school hopes to add IT in the future.
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