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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)

Why I Don’t Have Classroom Rules

Edutopia – David Tow

“When I started teaching, I was incredibly traditional in terms of classroom management and discipline. In those early years, a clear code of conduct was reassuring. For infraction X, there was always consequence Y. It gave me a simple if inflexible rubric through which to discover my position in the class and develop a degree of comfort and ease as captain of the ship. As a new teacher, I was thankful for the clarity and certainty this approach offered—and I am sure other new educators feel the same.”(more)

What We Know About Career and Technical Education in High School

Education Next – Brian A. Jacob

“Career and technical education (CTE) has traditionally played an important role in U.S. secondary schools. The first federal law providing funding for vocational education was passed in 1917, even before education was compulsory in every state. [1] CTE encompasses a wide range of activities intended to simultaneously provide students with skills demanded in the labor market while preparing them for post-secondary degrees in technical fields. Activities include not only specific career-oriented classes, but also internships, apprenticeships and in-school programs designed to foster work readiness.”(more)

Taking college classes in high school can lead to more college success

Ed Surge – Mikhail Zinshteyn

“New evidence says taking college classes while in high school can improve a student’s chances of earning a college degree. The findings indicate that these “dual enrollment” classes may be another tool as California grapples with a looming shortage of college-educated workers. Dual-enrollment classes have been shown to give students a preview of the college experience and permit students to amass some post-secondary credit before even enrolling at a college or university. That can lead to savings in tuition and reduce the risk of dropping out.”(more)

Master Common Geometry for Competitive SAT Math Score

The U.S. News and World Report – Brian Witte

“The math section on the redesigned SAT includes a number of questions that require you to know geometry concepts. To earn a great score on the SAT, you will need to master these concepts and learn how to apply them in context. The basic geometry elements include lines and angles – that is, lengths and midpoints, vertical angles, and parallel and perpendicular lines – triangles and other polygons, circles and solids, such as understanding how to calculate and recognize surface area and the volume of objects.”(more)

Of course algebra is important. It’s also a huge problem.

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“This was the headline this week of a story in the Deseret News in Utah about Brigham Young University President Kevin Worthen and his wife, Peggy: “Don’t quit because of fear or algebra, Worthens tell BYU students.” The algebra part wasn’t a joke: Peggy Worthen earned a bachelor’s degree at the school when she was in her 40s and nearly didn’t get it because she initially flunked her algebra final. She eventually passed, but the subject has been a dream-killer for a lot of people who have sought two- and four-year degrees but haven’t been able to get through the required algebra class.”(more)