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  • Kids Learning About STEM From a NASCAR Driver Science and math are supposed to be serious subjects, so it may strike some people as unusual to have kids learning about STEM from a NASCAR driver. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ben Kennedy told fourth and fifth graders at Ezra Eby Elementary School that understanding the STEM subjects is a "hand out the window." ...
  • The STEAM Olympics One way to start the school year is preparation for the STEAM Olympics. At Cotee River Elementary in Pasco County, the activities were planned for the first week of school to get students excited about learning early, as they used the school's new Makerspace and technology purchased with a Title 1 grant. "This is a place ...
  • Space Exploration in Middle School After creating rockets and launching them in one class period, space exploration in middle school is off to a good start for the sixth graders in Jon Amundsen's space exploratory class. At Bluffs Middle School, students launched rockets they made out of construction paper, tape, an eraser, and straws.  They used a rubber band for propulsion.  According ...
  • Stepping Up On Multiplication Tables Students are literally stepping up on multiplication tables when they use the stairs at their school. In Virginia Beach, former physical education teacher Casey Conger who is now the principal of Creeds Elementary School had an idea for helping students learn multiplication facts with muscle memory. She and bookkeeper Debbie Brooks pasted the multiplication tables on ...
  • New Middle School Grocery Store Managed by Students A new middle school grocery store managed by students is part of the curriculum for seventh grade math.  Students will be running the market, and shopping there as well. Teachers at Kilgore Middle School formed a partnership with Brookshire's to set up a grocery store in the library, including shelves, labels provided by a real company, ...
  • Students to Preserve a New Mexico Historic Legacy The National Parks Servicc has been working with students to preserve a New Mexico historic legacy. A team of students from high school and college spent the better part of the summer learning how to stabilize the stone walls of the San Gregorio Mission at Abó. The new skills they learn will not only benefit the Mission, ...
  • Low Country Storytelling Some Low Country storytelling showed gave children the opportunity to learn the history of South Carolina Gullah people and their culture. At Cesar Chavez Language Academy, first through third graders were enraptured by Anita Singleton-Prather, whose stage name is Aunt Pearlie Sue.  She is a Gullah storyteller from Beaufort, South Carolina. The young students and their teacher and ...
  • Leadership Opportunities in Middle School Leadership opportunities in middle school for students aren't just in traditional student government. At Putney Central School, leadership opportunities are available to students through an assets council, a name that was chose by the members.  Today the council is called Voice4Change. Consultant Diana Wahle has been working with developmental assets in the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union in Vermont, and ...
  • Sixth Graders Head to Middle School Camp Before the start of school, sixth graders head to middle school camp, so they can learn about the unity of their new school. Every year, the Seward Middle School camp happens for three days, and Bruce Dickenson has looked forward to keeping up with 100 sixth graders for 25 years.  He is retired now at age 75 ...
  • Student Historical Documentary On Display with a QR Code Battle Park has placed a student historical documentary on display with a QR code on a sign commemorating Potter's Raid and the burning of Rocky Mount Mills during the civil war. The advanced placement US History class at Nash Central High School decided to make a video during the last few weeks of school, rather than ...
  • Getting Students to Play Outside in Alaska Getting students to play outside in Alaska is a major focus at STrEaM Academy, a charter school that focuses on STEM subjects while reinforcing the importance of experiences and the natural world. A  dozen eight graders walked through the Arnold L. Muldoon Park, stopping at exercise stations, talking and running.  After an early morning of classroom activity ...
  • Manufacturing Bootcamp for Classroom Teachers A manufacturing bootcamp for classroom teachers was held at Ashland University, giving 14 teachers and guidance counselors a close up view of how real world industrial plants operate. 800 educators who are not familiar with career prep and manufacturing received invitations to the bootcamp.  Reviews were positive according to Dan Phillip, president and founder of the ...
  • New Student Teachers are Working With Mentors New student teachers are working with mentors thanks to an innovative new approach in teacher training at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In 2014, the National Council on Teacher Quality ranked UTC's teacher education program among the worst in the nation. Other Tennessee teacher preparation programs ranked in the top 50. Educators decided that something had ...
  • Washing Machines Help Boost School Attendance One school in St. Louis discovered that washing machines help boost school attendance when they are available for students to make sure their clothes are clean. At Gibson Elementary, the former principal Dr. Melody Gunn could not figure out why student attendance was low.  All students received free or reduced lunches, and transportation was facilitated by ...
  • Innovative Spaces Welcome Students Back To School This year, innovative spaces welcome students back to school with new technology resources and more relaxed non traditional seating and study areas. In the West Jefferson Hills School District, the changes include Chromebooks, new labs for technology resources, tutoring in math and science, and an outdoor learning center equipped with large rocks that serve as learning stations. At ...
  • Kids are Raising Money to Get Their Math Program Back Kids are raising money to get their math program back, thanks to an elementary teacher who is encouraging them to speak out after budget cuts directly affected them. 343 schools in Oklahoma cut the online tutorial program "Think Through Math" but Heritage Elementary students in Tahlequah aren't letting go of it quite so easily. When the program ...
  • Reducing Suspensions A district has found some successful strategies for reducing suspensions in school. At Shidler Elementary School in Oklahoma City, classical music streams through the cafeteria as children carry trays of food.  They talk as they eat their breakfast, but there are no loud voices or outbursts. The activities are closely monitored by teachers and parents. The expectations ...
  • Standing Desks for Elementary Schools A recent study from Texas A&M University has found that standing desks for elementary school could help reduce body mass index in children. The study was recently published in the American Journal of Public Health.  It includes results from data collected at three College Station schools, in 24 elementary classrooms. According to Mark Benden, associate professor in the ...
  • IDEA High School Offers Real World Design Opportunities A new IDEA High School offers real world design opportunities, and 125 freshmen focused on industrial design, art, and engineering will be entering the small school in September. IDEA (Industrial Design, Engineering, and Art) is the third small themed high school to open in Tacoma.  It joins SOTA, the School of the Arts, and SAMI, the Science ...
  • STEM Subjects are a Growing Part of School Curriculum STEM subjects are a growing part of school curriculum, as educators seek to develop students into critical thinkers. Promoting hands on learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math is increasing at the elementary and secondary grade levels.  In Norwell Massachusetts, Superintendent Matthew Keegan says that teachers are increasingly requesting kits and materials that ...
  • Co-teaching is On the Rise Co-teaching is on the rise, and many high school teachers are receiving training in co-teaching practices before the start of the school year. In Nampa, Idaho, the school district is increasing co-teaching to provide support for students who have a native language other than English. English language learners may have support in the classroom for vocabulary or ...
  • 7 Best Tips for First Generation College Students First Generation students often feel the jitters at the start of college. On Sunday, August 21st, 2016 The New York Times Review section wrote a piece called Overcoming Freshman Fear. The author describes the fear of feeling like a fraud especially when that student is a first generation student. This is the student who does not have ...
  • Easing Transitions with Looping Schools are easing transitions with looping, the practice of keeping classes of kids together for two years, with the same teacher. At York City schools' Davis K-8, third and fourth graders in looping classrooms have a modified version of the program, as they stay in the same class or two years with the same teacher for ...
  • Learning About the Presidential Race in School The school year is starting, and the election season is very active, so learning about the presidential race in school is very timely and getting interesting. Students are participating in a mock election at Nutter Fort Intermediate School.  They are learning about the presidential race, and following the election through November. "We just encourage them to stay open-minded ...
  • Learning Math in a Positive Atmosphere Elementary students are learning math in a positive atmosphere and the strategies are having positive results. In Albert Lea area schools, math specialist Chris Quisley wants to see routines established for math courses in elementary schools, which feature Number Talks and guidance sessions for students explaining their strategies. Quisley says that the district has expectations for performance throughout ...
  • Why Schools Should Teach Empathy According to Education Secretary John King, resistance to institutional racism and the rising tensions between police and people of color are some of the reasons why schools should teach empathy. "As an educator, part of our role is to help students to see the world through others' eyes," King said. King believes that the way to accomplish this ...
  • Connecting to the School Library Through Social Media A new librarian is making sure that students are connecting to the school library through social media. At Fredericktown High School, librarian Kelli Nicholson is connecting with students in the best way she knows they are familiar with. “We’re starting small on Twitter and Instagram,” she said. “Well I think that social media is our kids’ world and ...
  • Students Build a Drone from Scratch Among the achievements celebrated at an Ag Drone Rodeo was the ability to have a group of students build a drone from scratch. Students from Yamhill-Carlton High School were commissioned to build the drone by a farmer so that he could monitor his blueberry fields, said Yamhill-Carlton math teacher Jordan Slavish. A group of six or seven students now enthusiastically meet ...
  • Why are Suburban Schools Starting So Early? Around the USA, a common question as children head back to school is why are suburban schools starting so early? At one time, the week after Labor Day was the traditional starting time for the school year, but now many districts are starting school in mid August. Part of the reason is a trend in high ...
  • Team Read Makes a Difference Family members, students, and educators are united in saying that Team Read makes a difference, keeping students from falling behind and becoming discouraged. At Treadwell  Elementary School, dual language immersion student Addis Shiberou is learning to read in both English and Spanish.  He is a quiet third grader, who has undergone a transformation in his classroom ...

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