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10 ways we made our school happier

E-School News – Tracey Smith

“After the recession hit in 2013, it was evident that something was off at Mashburn Elementary School (part of Forsyth County Schools in Georgia). I watched teachers being laid off, and it was draining to witness. We had bigger class numbers than ever before, and our school culture and employee morale were at an all-time low. For us to pull our way out of this difficult time, we first had to take a closer look at building strong relationships between staff and students. We started by asking what it means to be happy in the classroom.” (more)

An Elite Grad-School Degree Goes Online

Education Next – Joshua Goodman, Julia Melkers and Amanda Pallais

“Online coursework has been heralded as potentially transformative for higher education, including by lowering the cost of delivery and increasing access for disadvantaged students. Rather than physically attending a class with peers and an instructor at a set time and location, online students can satisfy class requirements at home and on their own schedules, by logging on to a website, engaging in chat sessions, and completing assignments digitally.” (more)

21st-Century Learning Starting in Elementary School

Edutopia – Suzie Boss

“Learning about weather-related natural disasters is serious business for the budding meteorologists at White Oak Elementary School in Sugar Hill, Georgia. For a recent STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) project, one team of fifth graders drafted emergency response plans that they planned to present to an audience of civil engineers. Another team mapped out a field trip for younger children to help them understand weather patterns. Other students contemplated how they might use Minecraft or produce videos to share what they had learned through their weather investigations.” (more)

High-Tech Personalized Learning Without All the Screentime? It’s Happening in Georgia

Ed Surge – Jenny Abamu

“At Paulding County High School in Dallas, Georgia, science classes are messy and alive. Each corner is full of something growing, stored or experimented on. Greenhouse lights keep vegetables growing in one corner while fruit flies for genetic experimentation squirm in another. Tables are covered with high-tech laboratory equipment such as atomic absorption spectrometers, autoclaves, and laboratory water baths. What makes the place truly unique, however, is the way Marc Pedersen and his wife Tricia Pedersen have set up their classes to offer students a differentiated, high-tech, personalized learning experience—all without relying heavily on screen time.”(more)

New study suggests STEM education needs a rebrand

11 Alive – Jennifer Leslie

“A new study conducted by Atlanta-based Randstad US puts a new focus on STEM education and shows that students lose interest in science, technology, engineering and math as they get older. The study hits home for school districts across metro Atlanta, where schools can spend years working to become STEM-certified by the state. The study shows younger students are more interested in STEM studies and have more confidence in STEM skills than older students.”(more)

Lawmaker: Make recess mandatory for schools

WSB TV – Richard Elliot

“A state lawmaker wants to make recess mandatory for school children from kindergarten to 5th grade. State Rep. Demetrius Douglas, a Stockbridge Democrat, introduced a bill that would require school districts to allow children recess time. The bill would also prevent schools from keeping students out of recess as a punishment.”(more)