Seven Strategies to Keep Students Motivated All Year Long

By Kendal Rolley Checking out my seventh-grade Language Arts study hall toward the beginning of another school year, I saw a similar scope of responses that we are altogether acquainted with as instructors. A few understudies were clearly anxious to begin, coming back from the break with a craving to begin the year off in a positive manner. Others were less certain and had obviously moved toward the part of the arrangement occasion with a feeling of fear. All through the school year, I realize I can anticipate that a Read More …

How Parents Can Help Middle Schoolers Build Confidence and Character

For many adults, the words “middle school,” evoke a negative, gut-level response. These reactions are grounded in our own potent memories from that time, says Phyllis Fagell, a school counselor, psychotherapist and author of Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond – and How Parents Can Help.  “Middle schoolers experience every feeling as a polarity,” says Fagell, “and we are wired to remember the negative.” So our own memories of being rejected by a friend or embarrassed by a teacher have Read More …

The Big Move: 5 tips for a better college move-in experience

Parents and students alike will understand that college is a brand-new playing field. It’s a giant restart button that allows people to discover new friends and passions. It is imperative that you have the right living space when going on these new adventures. Your home is a place to feel safe and comfortable. And while moving to a new one can be hard, there are things you can do to make it easier. Check out these 5 tips to help make your college move-in go smoothly. So, are you ready Read More …

SpaceX successfully launches twice-flown Falcon 9, catches fairing at sea

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 first-stage that had previously served two missions in July and November of 2018, today carrying its final payload, the AMOS-17 satellite for Spacecomm. SpaceX had configured the Falcon 9 in its ‘expendable mode’ for this mission, which means it made use of all available fuel on board to carry the 14,000+ lb satellite to orbit, without enough left over to come back in a controlled descent and landing. A service life of three full missions is nothing to sneeze at, however, and definitely helps Read More …

Neuroscience and my classroom: Can it really help?

Wonder if you are the only instructor trying to figure out what might help your students learn? Wading through emails and articles and questioning what really works? Could you use a cup of coffee right now, and a chat with another instructor? Grab a cup….and read on. Today’s educator is bombarded with a lot of information. With the advent of the internet, information is literally at your fingertips all the time. Some might think that makes it easier to learn about the latest research and techniques, but in many ways Read More …

Finding Your Sunshine: Identify pillars of support to help achieve collegiate success

When I started going to college, I found that the subjects got a lot harder than in high school. I began to feel that I couldn’t pass, make good scores, or even finish all of my homework. But through it all my mom was always there to help me and held my hand when I needed it. I have found my sunshine through her. My mom likes to tell me how much she believes in the quote, “the roots of education are bitter, but the fruits are sweet.” She never Read More …

12 Ways Teachers Can Build Resilience So They Can Make Systemic Change

When Elena Aguilar started her teaching career in Oakland public schools 25 years ago, she was sure there was no better job than teaching. She loved her work, but she couldn’t help noticing how many teachers left her Oakland school each year. And she started taking note of how disruptive that cycle is to the school community and to the school’s ability to implement new programs. “We’d get everyone trained and then two years later 75 percent of teachers who had been in that training were gone,” Aguilar said. It’s Read More …

Inquiry Into Student Learning Gaps Leads To Better Teaching And Shifts School Culture

When Nell Scharff Panero walked into the high school math classroom, she couldn’t believe how bad it was. The teacher was at the board teaching his math, barely looking at the kids, while they ignored him and threw things across the room. She thought to herself: This guy shouldn’t be a teacher. So she was amazed to see his transformation on a visit a few years later. He was curious to know whether students were actually learning what they were taught and actively searched for gaps he needed to help Read More …

Oregon Students Allowed To Take ‘Mental Health Days’ as Excused Absences

Oregon’s suicide rate has outpaced the national average for the past three decades. In an effort to combat stigma around mental illness, four local teen activists took matters into their own hands and championed a proposed state law. Oregon schools will now excuse student absences for mental or behavioral health reasons, as with regular sick days. In other words, if a student is feeling down, they can stay home from school without getting docked for missing classes. Previously, students were only allowed to miss school due to physical illness, a Read More …

Samsung readies Galaxy Fold for September release

When it was unveiled on stage, the Galaxy Fold was heralded as the next big thing. Samsung seeded units to reviews and prepared for launch. And then a funny thing happened on the way to a smartphone paradigm shift: it started breaking. Multiple review units were sent back to Samsung with busted screens. It was a small sample size, to be sure. First Samsung blamed reviewers themselves. Ultimately, however, there was enough concern to cause the company to pump the breaks entirely. Now, nearly three months to the day after Read More …