We are now several years into the implementation of ESSA; we have the first full year of school data from the 2017–18 school year; and states are currently in the midst of annual school testing. So, it seems like a good time to step back and take a look at how states are faring under ESSA accountability. To do this, we’ll examine the data and dashboards of a few states selected to show a variety of different approaches to ESSA accountability.
Bernell Jones, who has taught 7th grade math at White Station Middle School in Memphis, Tennessee, for the past 16 years, was recently recognized as one of Edmentum’s 2019 Inspiring Educators. He was distinguished for his outstanding commitment to his students, his creative use of technology in his classroom, and the encouraging and supportive environment he has curated in his classroom with his students. We had the opportunity to chat with Mr. Jones about the ways he uses technology to support his instruction, how he gets his students to love math, and how he uses Study Island to make some noise in class.
America has had a fickle relationship with homework for more than a century. These days, students are reporting spending twice as much time on homework as students did in the 1990s. Experts agree it’s time to revisit our relationship with homework, but why can’t we make up our mind about it once and for all? Read this story and more in this week’s EdNews Round Up!
Because AR allows you to move around and place things in the real world, it promotes exploration and close looking, fosters spatial recall, and encourages physical—as well as social—interactivity. it can be a great tool for learning and might even become an educator’s new best friend.
In November, several of Edmentum’s science curriculum developers had the privilege of attending the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. Edmentum team members mingled with and learned from over 6,000 educators and science advocates over the course of three days. Participants attended breakout sessions presented by educators who generously shared innovative strategies for conveying scientific concepts to students. Every session was valuable in its own way, but here are the top three concepts weighing heavily on the minds of science educators:
In anticipation of those many school-free days at home with your kids, we’ve compiled a list of fun STEAM activities for you to do with your child. Learning science and math doesn’t have to be boring with these fun and sometimes explosive crafts and activities. We hope that they can bring some joy to your countdown to winter break!
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