South Texas education revolution: Column

USA Today – Richard Whitmire “Some describe this slice of impoverished South Texas as a DMZ, which is harsh but understandable. After all, U.S. Customs and Border Protection doesn’t bother setting up a true screening until 73 miles north in...

How Do You Motivate Kids To Stop Skipping School?

NPR – Nurith Aizenman “It seems like a no-brainer: Offer kids a reward for showing up at school, and their attendance will shoot up. But a recent study of third-graders in a slum in India suggests that incentive schemes can do more harm than good. The...

States Raise Proficiency Standards in Math and Reading

Education Next – Paul E. Peterson and Matthew Ackerman “Since No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was enacted into federal law in 2002, states have been required to test students in grades 3 through 8 and again in high school to assess math and reading...

Three creative ways teachers can explore oceans in the classroom

The Guardian – Sarah Marsh “Teaching about oceans can float a whole raft of creative lesson ideas. From transforming your classroom into a submarine or getting students to create fish and chips displays with marine-friendly messages, the vast expanse of...

Is fighting digital distraction about commitment, not willpower?

The Toronto Star – Jena McGregor “It’s hard enough avoiding online distractions if you’re a working professional . . . the news alert about a favourite sports team, the insistent tug of social media sites, the seventh email from a group of co-workers...