Educators That Rock!: Lauren Pressley - November 29, 2010 07:00 AM
Lauren Pressley is the instructional design librarian at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. In addition to her role as a librarian, Pressley is an author, a blogger and a frequent presenter.
Educators That Rock!: Elizabeth Devine - November 22, 2010 07:00 AM
FindingEducation met up with Elizabeth Devine at the annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference in Atlanta, Ga., in November 2009. At the conference, Devine was named as one of the NCSS Outstanding Secondary Social Studies Teachers of the Year for 2009-2010. She also hosted a panel focused on helping teachers integrate the study of human rights into their curriculum.
Thanksgiving For Kids: Crafts, Recipes and Learning Tools - November 08, 2010 07:00 AM
They can’t wait to dig into the turkey and pies, but many kids could use a refresher course in the origins of Thanksgiving. Luckily for parents and teachers, there are excellent Thanksgiving crafts, simple recipes and games for kids to learn about this distinctly American holiday.
Educators That Rock!: Robert H. Mayer - November 01, 2010 07:00 AM
Educators That Rock!: Blake Harrison - October 25, 2010 07:00 AM
This week findingEducation caught up with Blake Harrison, a.k.a. Emcee Escher, rapper, educator and creative director of Flocabulary
, to hear how he and Alex Rappaport, co-founder and executive producer, are bringing their energy and passion for hip-hop to the classroom.
Educators That Rock!: Josie Carbone - October 18, 2010 07:00 AM
Josie Carbone, the founding principal of Girls Prep Bronx
, an all-girls charter school for pre-K through first-grade students in the Bronx, New York, got involved in teaching while volunteering to teach Spanish at a local elementary school during high school. After graduating from college in 1997, she worked with Teach For America in New York. Carbone taught for six more years before becoming involved with the New York charter school movement in 2003.
Educators That Rock!: David Lee King - October 11, 2010 07:00 AM
In Topeka, Kan., the library is the second favorite place for teens to hang out. “We’re sort of kicked out at the mall,” they tell David Lee King
, the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s digital branch and services manager. As a result, the building, particularly the new media area and gaming room, are a little noisier than your average library. But King, a former DJ and assistant recording engineer, and now an author, blogger and librarian thought leader, takes pride in all the bustle. “Not too many people can say, ‘Yeah, teenagers think that the library’s cool.’”
Educators That Rock!: Patrick Sweeney - October 04, 2010 07:00 AM
This week findingEducation sat down with Patrick Sweeney, a fifth-grade teacher at Boones Ferry Primary School
in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District of Oregon. Sweeney teaches all subjects in his mixed-level, self-contained classroom. How does he keep 27 students with different ability levels engaged and excited about learning while covering the necessary curriculum?
Board Game Resurgence Seen From Classrooms to Living Rooms - September 30, 2010 07:00 AM
Many people are rediscovering the benefits of board games, while teachers are incorporating board games into lesson plans.
Students Using Laptops in Class Do Worse on Tests - September 29, 2010 07:00 AM
Diane Sieber, a University of Colorado professor, found that students who use laptops in class average 11 percent worse on tests than their peers.
The History of Human Migration - September 29, 2010 07:00 AM
Ninety thousand years ago early humans first ventured out of Africa. Today, humans inhabit virtually every corner of the world. Take a look at the journey humanity has taken across continents through the ages, and connect with interactive resources for exploring the history of human migration.
Grieving 2.0: As Students Turn to Facebook to Mourn, How Should Parents, Teachers and Counselors React? - September 28, 2010 07:00 AM
With Facebook supplanting grief counselors as an outlet for grieving teens, schools need to participate in the process.
Lending an Artistic Touch to Math - September 25, 2010 07:00 AM
Some educators are using the arts and humanities to enhance their teaching of math.
Bob Dylan Album Has Classroom Significance, 35 Years Later - September 16, 2010 07:00 AM
Critics are revisiting Dylan’s fabled "Blood on the Tracks," while teachers and students discover its significance as a literary learning tool.
Teachers Proving Newspapers Still Relevant in Classroom - September 15, 2010 07:00 AM
An Illinois high school English teacher was recognized for incorporating newspapers into her lesson plans, highlighting the medium’s continued importance in education.
Do Rural Applicants Have Fair Access to Top Tier Colleges? - September 14, 2010 07:00 AM
Students living in some poor rural areas of the U.S. face distinct challenges when applying to top tier colleges and universities, and may be overlooked by recruiters.
The Internet: A Boon to Writing, or the Beginning of the End? - September 11, 2010 07:00 AM
Several studies have tried to determine whether online media actually fosters creativity and improves writing skills.
Worldwide Book Club Could Give Libraries a Boost - September 08, 2010 07:00 AM
A new project called “One Book, One Twitter” aims to have the world read a book together and discuss it online, exciting librarians and perhaps enticing hesitant readers to pick up a book.
Should Middle School Students Be Banned From Social Networking? - September 07, 2010 07:00 AM
School officials in New Jersey say social networks are a menace to students and promote cyber bullying. Others say social networks can be a positive way for students to connect and build an online presence.
Back-to-School Basics - September 07, 2010 07:00 AM
The end of summer is a study in trade-offs: book time replaces pool time; loungewear is swapped for school-wear; and strict schedules oust free time in a blatant reminder that the summer’s over. Start off on the right foot with the following resources for organizing, communicating and planning, during your child’s return to the classroom.
Adult Learners Turn to the Web and Social Media - August 27, 2010 06:00 AM
A Web site for adult learners is part of a growing chorus of support for continuing education and online learning in the recession.
Manhattan Charter School Pays Teachers Six Figures - August 26, 2010 06:30 AM
Based on the theory that quality teachers are the solution to low-performing students, a school has lured the country’s best with high pay. Did it live up to the hype in its first year?
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Today - August 26, 2010 06:00 AM
The first installment of the serial “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” appeared in a periodical on June 5, 1851. The serial’s popularity was so immense that it was published as a book the following year. A groundbreaking abolitionist work, the book also popularized several inaccurate and offensive black stereotypes.
Changing Language: Shakespeare Is a Far Cry From the English of Text-Savvy Students - August 25, 2010 06:00 AM
A comparison of Shakespeare’s English to a modern student’s text message conversation shows few resemblances, but this isn’t the first time English has undergone radical evolution.
Exploring Digital Library Collections - August 24, 2010 06:00 AM
Back-to-school time is a great time to spotlight all the impressive digital library collections that exist, whether they’re from independent organizations, universities, established public libraries or elsewhere.
Can More Efficient Charter Schools Improve Education Altogether? - August 23, 2010 06:00 AM
The charter school movement is threatened by the failures of a few, but improvements could have implications for education across the United States, some officials contend.
What's Happening to Writing Skills? - August 23, 2010 06:00 AM
With the advent of the writing portion of the SAT, schools have put more emphasis on writing skills. But are they actually being taught, and what happens when students reach college?
Elementary Schools Renew Focus on Career-Related Learning - August 20, 2010 06:00 AM
A U.K. program introduces elementary school kids to various careers and encourages them to tap into their interests and talents, which may be crucial to success later on.
What Playtime Means to Educators - August 19, 2010 06:00 AM
Proponents of some early childhood programs believe structured play can help children learn “self-regulation,” a skill that may increase future academic success. Some critics, however, consider it destructive to police children’s playtime.
Study Finds Arts Education Improves Graduation Rates - August 18, 2010 06:30 AM
A report found that schools offering the most arts education had the highest graduation rates. How can parents and teachers stimulate and nurture creativity before high school?