Research shows that reshaping physical learning environments to emphasize collaboration and mobility can help boost student performance. Space for students to move around and work together, muted colors and comfortable seating areas are among the ideas educators and others share in this article.
Sixth-graders at an Illinois school are applying their math skills to a fantasy football competition. Students use division, multiplication and percentages to calculate teams’ rushing and passing yards, and then log the stats online using Google Classroom.
Research published in the journal School Psychology Quarterly showed that the amount of verbal and physical bullying among children declined from fifth grade through eighth grade. However, the incidence of cyberbullying increased as students transitioned from elementary to middle school.
The American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement this summer suggesting schools start classes at 8:30 a.m. or later for teens. Los Angeles schools highlighted in this article report success in shifting their start times, noting increased attendance and more energized students.
A new generation of educational games is harnessing students’ love of video games and turning them into voracious learners — without them even realizing it. That’s the promise, anyway. Unlike previous educational games that functioned like glorified worksheets or tech-enhanced tests, the latest game developers say they are closer to figuring out how to unlock kids’ passion for gaming.
Students in middle and high school are being assigned about the same amount of homework today as they were in 1984, but the load for elementary-school students has increased, according to a Brookings Brown Center study. One elementary school in Chicago is replacing homework in certain grades with PDF — play, downtime and family time.
Teacher-evaluation scores should consider the student populations in specific classrooms, according to researchers who analyzed four school districts’ evaluation models. This is one of three recommendations researchers share for improving teacher evaluations.
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