Students are more likely to pay attention if they have the motivation to do so, according to research by psychologists Barbara Rogoff and Maricela Correa-Chavez. The pair compared white students from California and Maya students from Guatemala and suggested that students from Guatemala may be more motivated to pay attention because their parents give them more autonomy and freedom to set their own goals.
Recent incidents of violence at some schools in the US have sparked more debate about how to promote safety. Some of the debate centers on whether zero-tolerance and harsh penalties are the answer, or whether troubled students should be given second chances and the use of restorative-justice programs.
Teachers can help students take more responsibility for their own learning by asking them to create their own vocabulary lists, asserts Kaitlyn Watson, a seventh-grade English-language arts teacher. In this blog post, Watson shares tips to help teachers adopt this strategy while also strengthening students' vocabulary.
A North Carolina school district's summer camp for middle-schoolers who are gifted focuses on having students participate in hands-on activities that help the community. As part of the camp, students constructed small lending libraries, studied science through cooking, and solved and painted with Rubik's Cubes.
Students in the Diversity Club at a Wisconsin high school recently visited the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie to learn about social justice and the notable contributions of lesser-known people who have addressed issues such as human trafficking and women's rights. The students also asked questions during an interactive chat with a 3D hologram of Holocaust survivor Fritzie Fritzshall.
Some educators are using artificial-intelligence-powered teaching assistants to help improve outcomes for students. A Washington school district is using the technology to predict whether students will graduate on time and thereby improve graduation rates, while educators in a New Jersey elementary school are using AI assistants to support students studying science, technology, engineering and math.
A California budget deal includes $15 million that will allow two school districts to develop pilot programs to make their campuses more welcoming and inclusive. The programs will be designed with different types of interventions, including restorative justice, social and emotional learning, and alternatives to traditional forms of discipline and punishment.
CDC researchers found that 15.1%, or about 2.5 million, of high-school students had one or more concussions during the previous year. The findings, based on 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, showed that concussions were more prevalent among boys and those who played on at least one sports team.
Students in a Nevada school district are given a voice about their education, says Michelle Hammond, the district's student voice coordinator. The district has a policy that promotes student voice and their input is integrated into the district's social and emotional learning strategy.
Working on school newspapers and yearbooks provide students with project-based learning experiences, according to Jeannette Acton, director of the Interscholastic League Press Conference Director. Educators say that besides teaching students about journalism, communication, collaboration and workplace skills, school publications also show students that their voices matter.
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