The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is in a deal with ACT to design a Program for International Student Assessment test that would assess student creativity. If adopted, the exam could be administered as soon as 2021 across the world and would include sections on written and visual expression as well as social and scientific problems.
A survey from HSBC found that 85% of students work while they're in college, and that most spend more time at work than they do in class or studying. Students spend, on average, 4.2 hours per day working, nearly two hours more than they spend in class and double the amount of time they spend in the library, the data show.
It always is a good time to use "icebreakers" to get to know students, asserts Korey Barkley, a middle-school Spanish teacher in Massachusetts. In this commentary, she shares several icebreakers she has successfully used with her own students throughout the year, including "Two truths and a lie" and "Would you rather."
Educators can make math relevant to students by incorporating it across subjects and focusing more on "computational thinking," says Conrad Wolfram, founder of Computers-Based Math. In this Q&A, Wolfram argues that since computers do most of the computation these days, students need to learn how to answer more complex questions.
Jen Schneider, a middle-school language arts teacher in Nebraska, uses a "genius hour" to help students find the connection between academic lessons and their prospective career paths. In this commentary, she shares how this strategy is helping students explore possible careers and gain experience, including one student who learned more about photography and eventually started her own business.
Virginia middle-school principal Hamish Brewer skateboards down school hallways and maintains a unique leadership style rooted in the belief that every student is capable of learning and deserves a voice. "You show me a kid that can't learn, I've just met a teacher that gave up on 'em," Brewer says.
Educators should not shy away from addressing race and racism, National Board Certified Teacher Leah Wilson asserts in a response to a question posed in this blog post. Wilson shares that it has been her practice to have open conversations with students, including about racist language in novels.
A new Saturday math club held by one Louisiana school district wants to improve the math skills of area elementary and middle-school students. Club members will go on field trips and hear from professionals about why math is important, district officials say.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst will use a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to advance equity for women and men of color working in the school's science, technology, engineering and math fields. Under the ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant, the school will focus on research collaboration, mentoring and shared governance to promote diversity and equity.
Black students and students with disabilities in California are losing more instructional days to suspensions, according to a study by researchers at the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California at Los Angeles. They looked at data about suspensions in California and found that the rate of lost time for black seventh- and eighth-graders during the 2016-17 school year was 76 days of school for every 100 students -- compared with 19 days among white students.
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