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Kids in doubled-up housing risk low grades

Living doubled-up with friends, extended family members or others is a form of homelessness that can go undetected by schools, yet the toll it takes on students is significant, new research finds.

Pros and cons of Google Classroom

Google Classroom is an online learning management system designed for schools. Let’s examine some of the pros and cons of using it.

Protocols that foster student interaction

It’s a challenge to make sure students are doing meaningful work while also giving them opportunities to engage with one another. Throughout my career as a history teacher, I’ve found success using educational protocols to help my students interact.

Please sit — wherever

Many teachers have been using some form of flexible seating in their classrooms for years. But some teachers have begun to take flexible seating to a whole new level by replacing most or all of the traditional furniture in their classrooms with a host of other options, including wobble seats, floor pillows, crates, lap desks and beanbags.

Voucher students’ test scores drop

Students who participated in Louisiana’s school voucher program experienced a significant decline in their standardized reading and math test scores in the first two years, according to new research from the academic journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

The benefits of station teaching

It’s not easy to engage students in productive and meaningful discussions in math class while still using scaffolds and differentiation. This is where station teaching can help.

Weaker union hurts test scores in Wisconsin

The weakening of teachers’ unions in Wisconsin led to a drop in math and science test scores in the state’s already struggling schools, according to new research published by the Social Science Research Network.

Using a 3D printer in your classroom

You may be curious about how to integrate a 3D printer in your classroom. But aren’t they expensive, difficult to learn and only for the most tech-savvy teachers? The answer is no, at least not anymore.

‘Peace Place’ a calming option

I help my students learn to advocate for themselves when they need time, space and quiet to process feelings or calm themselves. One strategy I’ve used with success is to create a Peace Place in my classroom.

Parental involvement and special-needs students

When working on my doctoral degree in educational psychology, I embarked on a journey to explore the home-school connection for students with special needs, its challenges and the most effective ways to initiate it.