The recently published PDK poll revealed that the general public, including parents, are in support of higher teacher pay, more funding for public schools, and more a greater teacher voice when deciding a school’s academic policies. The poll, which has been tracking public opinion of school since 1969, also included educator responses for the first time ever. Read all about this story and more in this week’s EdNews Round Up.
As humans, we are conditioned to avoid struggle and to help others avoid it as well, so it can be difficult for a teacher to watch a student stick on a problem while the rest of the class moves on. But, cognitively, it’s the struggling student who is developing the most. Here’s how to get more of that struggle into your lessons.
Have you ever noticed that, during certain times of the day, your classroom is buzzing, students are working diligently, and everyone is getting along, while during other times of the day, things are a bit chaotic, and you find yourself having to constantly correct behavior and refocus attention? Turns out, there are scientific reasons behind why this happens.
Did you ever have a teacher whose class you hated to miss? A new study shows that the benefits of having one of those teachers last for years afterward, boosting high school graduation rates — especially for students who start out with the worst attendance records and test scores. Find out how engaging teachers are combatting chronic absenteeism, why a new census question could mean less funding for schools, and why diverse classroom libraries matter all in this week’s EdNews Round Up.
For 45 years, the “Survival Trip” in a rural Alaskan community has served not only as Ketchikan, Alaska’s eighth grade students’ final science exam but also, more importantly, as preparation for growing up in the unforgiving wilderness they call home. You can read more on this story, how the Trump administration recently instructed shelters housing migrant children it will no longer pay for schooling, soccer, and access to legal aid, and why school climate matters when it comes to retaining teachers, all in this week’s EdNews Round Up.