Opening a conversation with "Can I give you some feedback," may not be the best way to begin a performance conversation, suggests Jennifer Abrams, an international education and communications consultant. She offers three tips for initiating feedback conversations that can help break down barriers in communication.
High-school students in a Tennessee district are expected to have access to a new virtual-learning program this August. The program, which is pending school-board approval, will give students access to free courses taught by district teachers as well as some fee-based courses taught by an outside provider.
Students, advocates and others are working to raise awareness about gun control after the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Students from the Florida school are organizing "March for Our Lives" in Washington, D.C., on March 24, and the Women's March EMPOWER branch is organizing #Enough, National School Walkout Day on March 14.
Students at all schools in a Wisconsin district will have access to at least one all-gender bathroom, a move district officials say is "good to do for all people." The bathrooms will be similar to family- or all-access bathroom options available in many public places.
High-scoring middle-school students recently competed in the annual Mathcounts contest, sponsored by the Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers as part of a national competition that offers awards and scholarships. Brian Meyers, president of the group, says it is important to cultivate students' passion for math.
An Ohio school's positive behavior program is intertwined with financial-literacy lessons. Intervention specialist Nancy Rocco teaches her students how to save their "Ybucks" to purchase larger items from an Amazon-type catalog as part of social studies lessons on fiscal responsibility.
Fourth- and fifth-graders at a Florida elementary school looked to geometry for clothing-creation inspiration during a recent lesson. Students modeled their designs during a fashion show, and the winner's outfit will be sewn into wearable pieces.
Educators at a Washington high school are providing several options to help freshmen succeed in algebra. Course options include a traditional algebra course, intensified algebra and a two-block class that incorporates business and manufacturing.