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20 ideas for teaching coding in math, science, social studies, and ELA

E-School News – Tammy Panckey

“You might think coding is a novel trend that doesn’t have other applications beyond programming, but coding offers many connections to multiple subjects, with the added benefit of reinforcing essential 21st-century skills. In coding, students use computational thinking and critical thinking to solve problems. This involves mastering the skill of perseverance, as they must be willing to fail, troubleshoot, and try again in order to have the code execute what was intended. Through this process, students are recognizing errors and determining how to fix them.” (more)

Improving math starts with getting teachers excited about curriculum, Wynne says

CBC – Staff Writer

“During a roundtable discussion with students at the University of Waterloo Friday afternoon — known for its math, science, tech and engineering programs (STEM)— one student asked Wynne, who was joined by former Prime Minister Paul Martin at the event, about the gap between Canadian and international students. He said when it comes to math in particular, international students at the university seem to have better skills and do well in their first year while Canadian students struggle. “Is there any way that we can kind of get to their level when it comes to education … because it kind of seems like we’re lacking somewhere,” the student said.” (more)

Torres: Most Education Reform Debates Ignore Course Content. Here’s How 4 Districts Are Driving Student Gains Through Rigorous, Flexible Digital Curriculum

The 74 Million – Kerrie Torres

“K-12 schools are facing more pressure than ever to increase graduation rates while ensuring students are achieving to standards. Although dropout rates have decreased and graduation rates have increased over the past 10 years, more than 1.2 million U.S. students still drop out of high school every year. That’s 4,000 students every day, one student every 26 seconds, or 1 in 5 students not graduating with his or her peers. Of those who do graduate, just under 40 percent are performing at college- and career-ready levels, according to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress results.” (more)

With new focus on curriculum, Gates Foundation wades into tricky territory

Chalk Beat – Matt Barnum

“The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a new plan intended to help public schools: improve the materials that teachers use to teach. “Our goal is to work with the field to make sure that five years from now, teachers at every level in secondary school have high-quality aligned curriculum in English, math, and science,” Bill Gates said in a speech last fall, describing curriculum as “an area where we feel like we’ve underinvested.” It’s part of a revamped strategy for the philanthropy, which has become one of the most influential forces in American education over the last two decades.” (more)

Nurturing Kindness in Young Children

Edutopia – Betty Ray

“Are humans essentially good, or evil? It’s a question that has fascinated philosophers, artists, and playwright for centuries, and inspired some of our greatest creative works, from Othello to Guernica to Hamilton. Increasingly, biologists and neuroscientists are wading into the debate, armed with sophisticated brain imaging equipment that provides a window into the tangled neural circuitry that offers clues to our best intentions—and our worst.” (more)

Cross-Curricular Critical Thinking Is Integral to STEM Success

Ed Tech – Amy Brown

“Whether you’re teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), STEAM (STEM with art) or STREAM (STEAM with reading), the proof of success is in preparing students to be ready for everything. While upgrading the acronym to include elements of visual learning and literacy shows that we’re striving for equal importance for all education topics, having a strong cross-curricular, well-rounded cohesive education is what is really important.”(more)