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Transforming learning with physical spaces

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.

Show off your graphic arts skills & win $800 cash!

Students ages 14-21 years of age are asked to enter our "Drawing Out Genius" student poster contest. Show off your graphic arts skills and win $800, $500 or $300 cash.

It’s as easy as:

  1. View "Drawing Out Genius" trailer
  2. Design a poster of what it means to “draw out genius” to you
  3. Upload image onto our "Drawing Out Genius" contest site

** View Contest Requirements

Education is all a matter of building bridges.

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Ralph Ellison

(Source: BrainyQuote)

Fantasy football and creative math lessons

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.

Cyberbullying Seems to Ramp Up in Middle School

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.

For some schools, zzzs top the ABCs

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.

Latest games are finally unlocking the key to making learning more fun

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.

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Diogenes

(Source: BrainyQuote)

Is there too much homework in elementary school?

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.

Researchers recommend ways to improve teacher evaluations

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.