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  • Compassion is Free At one summer camp, in addition to cooking and computers, compassion is free and is an important part of camp activities. Compassion Camp is not your typical day camp.  For one thing, it is free.  For another, it is focused on empowering kids who have been bullied, and fostering kindness among participants. The camp is staffed by ...
  • Students Program Robots for Social Interaction Helping fifth and sixth graders learn math is one of the results of having Yale students program robots for social interaction. At Yalesville School, a student entered an answer to a math problem on a computer tablet. Sitting on the table next to him was a small blue and white robot. "You rock!" the robot said, ...
  • Writing a “Letter to Me” Writing a "Letter to Me" is an intriguing task that students at one elementary school have enjoyed for ten years. The fourth graders are not only intrigued with writing the letter, but they also treasure receiving it in the mail when they graduate. Teacher Lynne Boissin came up with the idea when she returned to William ...
  • Study Shows Encouragement is Essential for Math Success A new study shows encouragement is essential for math success, giving students confidence and clarity. Florida International University Professor Zahra Hazari has found that keeping students on track involves clear explanations of ideas, and expressions of encouragement from teachers, parents, and peers. “We see a lot of kids who do well in math, but they don’t end ...
  • Genetic Influence on Intelligence A recent study has examined the genetic influence on intelligence, and the results concerning academic aptitude are surprising. Usually, most parents and teachers assume that children will discover more of a natural flair for writing, or science, or math, or reading. However, research shows that genes don't determine aptitude in one particular subject. Genes determine the ...
  • Kids Can’t Wait to Go to School For Summer STEM Camp In a surprising turnaround, one middle school discovered that kids can't wait to go to school for summer STEM camp. At Carthage Middle school, students were working on creating their own Rube Goldberg machines, inventions that are deliberately overdone to perform simple tasks in a complex way, usually producing a chain reaction. This was just one ...
  • Working in Teams Benefits Teachers and Their Students During a skit portraying a meeting of algebra teachers, an example was provided of how working in teams benefits teachers and their students. The skit showed a principal showing concern over a student requesting withdrawal from algebra, and questions the teachers about grading systems, getting them to address the problem together. The outcome of the skit ...
  • Learning Mandarin in Middle School Learning Mandarin in middle school has become an attractive and necessary option for schools that want their students to have an advantage in studying a language spoken by a sizable number of the world's people for business. In Casper Wyoming, CY Middle School will drop courses in German to allow for resources to be dedicated to ...
  • Facebook and Dieting A new study concerning the relationship between Facebook and dieting shows how social media can contribute to poor body image and risky dieting by young women. 128 college aged women were surveyed online about their emotional attachment to Facebook, and their eating habits. They were asked how much time the spent on the site and the ...
  • Health Career Mentorships for High School Students Incoming freshmen will get to take advantage of health career mentorships for high school students in the coming school year. The freshmen at two Cleveland Municipal School District high schools will have an opportunity to experience health careers thanks to a partnership with MetroHealth. 75 high school freshmen will be admitted to the Cleveland Scholars program through ...
  • Tech Pros Return to High School For a Model Logistics Program A national career tech conference had tech pros return to high school for a model logistics program. The model program for streamlining workflows while storing and delivering items was not at a large retailer, but at Patterson High School. “They have one of the most sophisticated programs in the country,” said Daniel Stanton. He is the ...
  • What We Can Learn About Emotions from “Inside Out” Emotions matter. Validating our emotions matters. This, among other reasons, was why I was excited to check out the new film, “Inside Out,” although I will admit I was prepared to be let down by their portrayal of emotional reality. I was pleasantly surprised, though, to find that the overarching message of the film was ...
  • Teens Study the 2000 American Presidential Election The clock was turned back when an American government class had teens study the 2000 American presidential election. The contentious debate is again being carried out in real time, and Steve Cwodzinski, the American government teacher at Eden Prairie High School, couldnt be happier. Students are reliving the Florida recounts, court motions, and partisan allegations. Recently, he ...
  • Students Excavate the Site of a Freed Slave Community An opportunity to have high school students excavate the site of a freed slave community from the 1700s in Virginia proved to be a valuable lesson in historical research. Students from Richmond High School discovered artifacts in eastern Henrico County that had been owned by a group of African Americans who were freed back in the 18th century. ...
  • Interns are Park Rangers for the Summer High school interns are park rangers for the summer at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The six week paid summer intern program teaches students on the job about real life ranger activities, including wildlife management, resource education, and field research. "We have done so many things in six weeks - wildlife management, resource education, which is ...
  • Student Fitness is Helped By A Grant A change in schools and classrooms is coming, as student fitness is helped by a grant from Kaiser Permanente. In Douglas County, the Healthy Schools team has worked to fund fitness classes, creating student led health teams in pilot schools, and professional development for teachers. "We are just trying to provide and create opportunities for schools to ...
  • A Shortage of Teachers In a number of school districts, there is a shortage of teachers with only a short time left before the start of the new school year. In Arizona, at least 1000 teacher positions still need to be filled. Some officials say the teacher shortage is nothing new, as low salaries, low support, and a high turnover ...
  • High School Students’ Outreach To Veterans A project promoting high school students' outreach to veterans is expected to continue into a second year. Danville High School students want the project they launched last year helping homeless veterans will become a community effort.  Fourteen students developed Help a Hero as part of the Future Problem Solvers program. The civic service project was presented by eight ...
  • Welcoming Fifth Graders to Middle School When school opens on August 10, teachers will be welcoming fifth graders to middle school. At Martinsville PREP Academy, Principal Cynthia Tarpley commented on preparations for opening a school within Martinsville Middle School just for fifth graders. "We’ve been doing a lot this summer," she said. Communication with parents has been key to getting the new school ...
  • Later Start For High Schools and Earlier Time for Elementary A district is considering swapping school start times, with a later start for high schools and an earlier time for elementary students. In Seattle, high schools and middle schools should start later than they do now, according to an advisory committee that is figuring out how to create a schedule that accommodates sleep needs of students. ...
  • Serving Lunch With Books One school district is feeding children this summer by serving lunch with books at the same time. The traveling school buses in Pasco County, Florida, that provide meals to children during summer vacation also have a bonus to offer kids during the summer months. Not only do they get a bag lunch, but they get books of ...
  • Summer School for Teachers Summer is supposed to be a long vacation, but as many educators know, summer school for teachers is in full session. Summer is a great time to get additional professional development training, while enjoying long, warm days and vacation time too. In Bloomington, Indiana, teachers in the largest school districts are making time to empower themselves ...
  • Can Adolescents Remain Friends Forever? A recent study published in Psychological Science explores the question: Can adolescents remain friends forever? According to the study, friendships end because of differences and also undesirable characteristics. The attraction between friends, is determined by how often the two people encounter each other.  Classmates, coworkers and people seen regularly are those who tend to be friends. ...
  • New Research to Help Identify Autism A well funded study is hoping to produce groundbreaking new research to help identify autism. A $28 million dollar effort is underway through a public-private partnership between the National Institutes of Health and the  Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative. The national study will focus on better classification of children with autism with an eye toward improving treatment options. The four ...
  • Videos Show Parents How Kids Learn Math Common Core standards and ways to teach math have been around for four years, and while kids are mastering the skills, a district has videos show parents how kids learn math. The concepts of math are more in focus, rather than just procedures for problem solving. According to Paulding County School District Math Coordinator Laura Freeman, the results ...
  • Kids Thinking Like a CSI Two crime scene investigators visited a group of middle school students, and their discussion of police work got kids thinking like a CSI. In Middle Township Middle School, two CSIs with the New Jersey State Police talked with students about ballistics, splatter, and how police solve crimes. It was all part of a summer program at ...
  • Your Career Starts at School With ambitious plans to mentor students in careers, a high school has a message for students  - your career starts at school. “50 percent of students may go to college but 100 percent will enter a career … your career starts here”, according to the mission statement for Farmington Career Academies. Career fairs are fine, but high school ...
  • Self-Acceptance Is Armor Against Bullying When I speak at school assemblies as an anti bullying activist, I’m often asked what the key is in helping to bully-proof students. I start by giving some background to my advice. You see, when I was three years old, I was plucked from an orphanage in Pakistan and adopted into a Dutch family in the ...
  • Middle School Kids Reunite Friends Separated By the Holocaust An unusual opportunity to learn about history up close came with a class decision to have middle school kids reunite friends separated by the Holocaust. A group of 13 and 14 year olds at Madison Junior High in Naperville, Illinois worked together to to create a random act of kindness four years ago, and now their ...
  • Creative Summer Classes Slow the Summer Slide Community involvement and solid funding is helping teachers develop innovative programs as creative summer classes slow the summer slide. Summer classes were trimmed down to just remedial classes, and then trimmed further during the recession.  But this year, there is a fresh effort to appeal to a broader group of students, and keep learning fresh and ...

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