In today’s “get tough,” standards-driven schools, tests are all the rage. In fact, thanks to NCLB, they have become a seasonal ritual. Starting in second grade, students answer a battery of questions; a few months later, your kid’s scores come in the mail and, to many people’s chagrin, newspapers publish school scores and set off a flurry of articles. Then, just as everything Read more
The next three causes of difficulties in mastering the multiplication tables are considered in this article: the times tables from 11 to 20, poor memory of pupils, and the use of calculators.
Cause #6. Some educators suppose that pupils must learn the times tables up to 20 by 20. But several results (16 by 17, 19 by 18, etc.) are too difficult for kids Read more
Considering an online degree? You are on the right track. Online degree programs are becoming increasingly popular these days. An online degree is can be pursued by students and working people from the comfort of their home and at a time convenient to them. Online degree programs, online certificate programs, and online courses offered by traditional Read more
Circle Time. Readalouds. Walking in line. These routines, and many others, may not show up on state standards, but get ready: they are bread and butter on a typical kindergarten class menu. And like it or not, your child will need to figure out how to handle them.
Want to help? It’s probably not practical for you to invite the neighborhood for daily Read more
Parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) know a lot about the breadth of their patience-they've had it tested over and over again trying to deal with the disorganization, the lack of planning, the screaming, the lying, etc… What parents might not know is that many of these behaviors are the result of an inability Read more
By Bruce Deitrick Price…For gifted or literary students, a lively poem called THEORYLAND offers a fun way for teachers to touch on lots of topics. T. S. Eliot, for one. Our links to the past. The use of rhyme. Obeying rules, and breaking rules. Riffing, sampling, and alluding (Eliot did a lot of all three!). The power of so-called Theory on some campuses. Read more
Chante genuinely loves teaching seventh grade math. But she feels overwhelmed by the wide range of students in her class—a third of whom have disabilities. And she worries that by making accommodations for them she may be watering down the mathematics.
Kamilla, a special educator, spends much of her week in different math classrooms, supporting students with special needs. She has a large Read more
While some students are eager to grab test tubes and don safety goggles, others groan at the mere mention of science class. A recent study conducted in New York public schools suggests that their reaction may have less to do with their ability to learn and apply science concepts and more to do with how their teachers teach science. EDC Senior Research Associate Lauren Read more
With 50 percent of students in Malawi dropping out of school by fifth grade, the Malawian government decided to try a new approach: it introduced an innovative national curriculum, which today is rapidly gaining in popularity among teachers and students alike.
The curriculum, titled Primary Curriculum Assessment Reform (PCAR), initially met with some resistance. Teachers lacked Read more
In the virtual world, the definition of a student-teacher relationship is hazy, particularly on social networks like Facebook and MySpace, where adults and teens share the same forums to connect and keep in touch with friends, classmates, relatives, and co-workers. Chances are, your teen has already found her teachers on Facebook and sent friend requests to join their networks.
But is it appropriate Read more