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Five Ways to Improve Your Schools’ Climate
(Battelle for Kids) By Brad Fountain
As Discovery Education’s Director of Instructional Implementation, I spend a lot of time in rural schools across the country. However, no matter where I travel, I am always struck by the immediate feeling I get during my first few encounters within a school building. In many ways, those first few interactions serve as a barometer of a school’s culture. Based on the various school cultures I’ve observed on my travels, as well as my own experience as a school administrator, I’ve collected below five easy-to-implement practices school leaders can immediately implement that can begin improving your school’s climate today.
The History of STEM vs. STEAM Education (and the Rise of STREAM)
(EdSurge) By Amy Pietrowski
As a technology educator with a K–8 undergraduate degree, creation with technology has always been at the heart of my assignments. Students in my technology classes have often infused what they have learned in class into the projects I assigned.
I haven’t always taught technology though. While teaching middle school language arts, I was asked to add math into lessons. For my students, process writing was a great way to reinforce what they were learning in pre-algebra, and reading mathematical fiction such as Chasing Vermeer allowed students to see how math mysteries could be solved. But how does one combine several subjects, such as in STEM, STEAM, and STREAM? Let’s first examine the difference in these acronyms.
STEM Learning Advances When All Students Participate
(EdTech Magazine) By Nathan Lang
Every student has his or her own story and brings a diverse set of perspectives to school each day. Our life experiences and worldview affect how we approach and solve problems. The more voices we hear and stories we tell, the more we can learn from each other and be innovative while creating or solving problems. To increase the speed and depth of innovation, we need to engage and provide opportunities for all students to learn in meaningful ways.
Virtual tutoring unique way to help students ace their work
Leaving the classroom with homework you don’t understand sometimes needs additional assistance, and that’s where virtual tutoring and resources come into play.
The great thing about virtual tutoring is that learning can take place nearly anywhere, whether it’s on YouTube or with online resources such as Khan Academy. Benefits of online assistance, according to Care.com, can range from flexible schedules, personalized approaches, affordable high-quality instruction, empowering techniques, expert assistance and access to a variety of subjects.
Back to School! Seven Ways to Communicate with Your Community
(Digital Promise) By Karen Cator and Scott Kinney
As President and CEO of Digital Promise and Senior Vice President of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education, we spend much of our time on the road, meeting with school leaders and teachers across the country. A common theme we hear is the importance and challenge of keeping stakeholders not only informed, but also engaged. This is consistent no matter the size or location of the district.
It seems the breadth of school stakeholders has grown over the past decades. When we were in the classroom, the list of key stakeholders who school leaders needed to keep informed about activities and plans was more limited to district staff, school boards, and parents. But, that is no longer the case. Today, the list of stakeholders who school leaders must keep apprised of their school activities and direction has expanded. Local elected officials, business owners, religious and cultural leaders, and a myriad of community organizations, as well as students themselves, are all critical audiences with whom effective and progressive school leaders are seeking to engage in an effort to support the success of all learners.
Chief Technology Officers Emerging as Collaborative Leaders of Modern Districts
(EdSurge) By Betsy Corcoran
If April is the cruelest month as the poets say, I nominate September as the most hopeful.
With September comes the official beginning of school: open doors, fresh supplies, new ideas. Hope is deeply intertwined with education. Goals anchor learning, providing direction for teachers and students. Inspiring teachers lay out the pathways or routes that can enable students to achieve those goals. We aim to create environments that fuel agency—both for students and teachers. And the most thoughtful educators show students how to use the barriers they encounter to redirect their work—not simply give up.
These days, many educators are fueling their hope with visions of personalizing learning—of finding ways to help students articulate their goals, find pathways, take action and keep at it, no matter the obstacles.
Balancing Teacher Autonomy and Collaboration
(Education Week – Teacher) By Nicole Smith
Good teachers are growing practitioners. They know their students, their content, and their standards—but they are not satisfied with the status quo. Like all successful professionals, good teachers strive to grow their knowledge and adapt to changes in the landscape of their work. Good teachers know their own expertise is critical in the classroom; they also know the input of colleagues strengthens that expertise. While it can be difficult to find the right balance between personal skill and combined efforts in the classroom, it is worth the effort.