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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Project-based learning gives students ownership of their education

E-School News – Valerie Wells

“Students are more engaged and excited when learning is project-based, advocates say.” (more)

Back against the blackboard

The Economist – Staff Writer

“American teachers need more money, training, feedback, collaboration, mentoring and observation throughout their careers.” (more)

Six key competencies for effective Pre-K-3 principals

E-School News – Laura Devaney

“Providing personalized learning environments and ensuring developmentally-appropriate teaching are just two of six competencies principals need to support teaching and learning during the transition from birth and preschool to grades K-3.” (more)

How Sports Can Help Your Kids Outsmart Everyone Else

Time – Jon Wertheim and Tobias Moskowitz

“The playing field provides the ideal context for learning fractions, probability, equations, risk assessment, principles of finance, behavioral economics and even multi-variable calculus.” (more)

New Research Suggests Small High Schools May Help After All

NPR – Patricia Willens

“Findings from a new long-term study of small high schools in New York City show the approach may not only boost a student’s chances of enrolling in college but also cost less per graduate.” (more)

Engaging Girls in Your STEM Program

The Huffington Post – Kiki Prottsman

“Even programs with the best intentions sometimes have difficulty attracting girls to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).” (more)

This Is How Schools Are Responding To The Threat of Ebola

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“Schools around the country are taking steps against Ebola, screening students, passing out information and, with the air travel of an infected nurse between Texas and Ohio, closing schools in those two states.” (more)

You Can Teach a Two-Year-Old How to Save

Time – Sean P. Lee

“Worried about your children’s retirement? With the help of a few carnival tickets, says one financial adviser, you can get them started early on saving.” (more)

LA Schools Superintendent Steps Down, Defends Tenure

NPR – Scott Neuman

“Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy has stepped down as head of the nation’s second-largest school system after a controversial tenure that saw him at odds with the teachers union and unable to push through a plan to get an iPad in every student’s hand.” (more)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Want to Ace That Test? Get the Right Kind of Sleep.

The New York Times – Benedict Carey

“There is research suggesting that different kinds of sleep can aid different kinds of learning, and by teaching “sleep study skills,” we can let our teenagers enjoy the sense that they’re gaming the system…for any young student who wants to do better — in school, in sports, in music or even in the social whirl (yes, that’s learning too) — knowing the science of sleep will help them respect slumber for what it is: learning consolidation.” (more)