A study from RAND Corp. showed that math teachers who used at least one book in line with the Common Core State Standards said they were able to engage their students on key concepts. However, according to survey data of 625 math teachers across the country, few teachers are using such books.
Educators can design project-based-learning lessons based on what concepts they want students to remember 10 years from now, writes educator and teacherpreneur Jennifer Pieratt. In this blog post, she describes how to use "enduring understanding" to ground PBL planning and decide when it is appropriate for the curriculum.
A Massachusetts high school had 100 students participating in its first Advanced Placement summer camp to prepare students -- many of whom are first-time AP students -- for the rigors of the classes. The weeklong program included lessons on time management, reading and writing skills, plus college planning, and concluded with a tour of Brandeis University.
Nearly 30 US states have considered legislation or other recommendations that address how civics education should be taught in schools. This article highlights advice from teachers and others who discuss topics such as when civics lessons should start and how to teach students to think critically about what they see in the media.
There is no single "right" science, technology, engineering and math lesson, but an ideal lesson incorporates components to solving a real-world problem and getting hands on, educator and author Anne Jolly writes in this blog post. She describes the 11 components of a good STEM lesson and offers links to resources and sample lessons.
The number of Washington state students majoring in computer science is increasing as is enrollment in other science, technology, engineering and math-related fields, according to data from the state's Education Research & Data Center. Data also show a 60-40 ratio of men to women majoring in STEM, unchanged for the past decade.
Pioneer High School and Sharyland High School in Texas are offering students a 40-hour course to help them earn certification to pilot a drone. Students in this portion of the career and technical education program will then study the rest of the year how drones are used in damage assessments and search and rescue operations.
This article includes ideas from experts and education leaders as well as examples of innovation and leadership as the new school year begins. Ideas include seeking coaching, strengthening relationships and shadowing students.
An inclusive culture -- along with accessible physical spaces -- are needed to buoy the number of students with special needs completing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields, suggests Ed Stein, director for the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access. Luticha Doucette, who works in science and uses a wheelchair, describes the cultural and physical barriers that delayed her education.
The question of whether boys are better at math than girls isn't an easy one to answer, writes Florida State University assistant professor Colleen Ganley. In this commentary, she writes that boys and girls excel in different areas, such as spatial and numerical skills, and recommends researchers focus more on math attitudes to understand the math gender gap.
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