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STEM isn’t just for kids

The Juneau Empire – Sam Bornstein

“You have probably often heard about the importance of teaching STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) to kids. There’s even a monthly column in the newspaper about it (this one right here), but what is often overlooked is the importance of STEM for adults. If we want to get our students excited to learn more STEM skills, then it would help if they saw us adults taking a similar interest. There’s good reason to learn STEM skills for yourself, and not just to make your clothes light up (though that is a good reason, so maybe I’m not sorry about your Christmas sweater).”(more)

Why English spelling makes learning especially difficult

The News Miner – Greg Hill

“The Atlantic Monthly is such a good magazine I subscribe to it, even though I can read it, and even check it out, at our public library. The reason is Atlantic has such well-written, informative and in-depth articles that really grab my attention. A case in point is “How Spelling Keeps Kids From Learning” by Luba Vangelova. Published last February, this article points out “written English is great for puns but terrible for learning to read and write” because of its innumerable inconsistencies. “Adults who have already mastered written English tend to forget about its many quirks,” Vangelova wrote. “But consider this: English has 205 ways to spell 44 sounds. And not only can the same sounds be represented in different ways, but the same letter or letter combinations can also correspond to different sounds.” A study by the English Spelling Society found of the 7,000 most common English words, 60 percent had one or more unpredictable letters. Finnish, by comparison, has few exceptions to its straightforward spelling rules.”(more)

Alaska Teacher Survey: Home, Community Environment Matters

Education News – Misty Bailey

“Teachers in Alaska were asked what they thought about their classrooms on the heels of a heated political debate in Juneau over the funding of Alaska’s public schools. The Enhancing Student Learning and Performance 2013 statewide survey, which was prepared by Northern Economics consulting firm, shows that teachers think their work is hampered by what goes on at home.”(more)

Back to school: ASD’s new math curriculum mixes old, new ideas

Anchorage Daily News – Michelle Theriault Boots

“Anchorage elementary and middle school students will start the school year with a new, more traditional math curriculum that emphasizes learning addition, subtraction and other basic math skills one at a time.” (more)