Driven by the synergy of technological advancements and instructional innovations, simulations are rapidly gaining importance in the classroom in tech-savvy nations as robust add-ons, either as a supplement to traditional teaching methods or as a substitute for sections of the curriculum.
Should schools teach personality or character? This is the question posed in a recent New York Times op-ed by Anna North. When educators focus on personality or character, you get debates about whether it is the role of schools to try to imbue character or personality.
Fathers want to step up at home when it comes to caring for their children. But stepping up involves speaking up -- to their babies, which they may be less likely to do, according to a new study just published in the December 2014 issues of Pediatrics.
Much attention is paid to related topics such as teacher tenure, due process, salaries, and external factors such as poverty. But not nearly enough focus is paid to teacher education and what it really takes to prepare a truly excellent teacher for the challenges of today's classrooms.
One of the faculty who had worked with an elementary school where the teachers visited the homes of each parent shared how they start each meeting with a simple, yet profound question: "What are your hopes and dreams for your child?"
If we don't make technology education a priority, we will face a crisis of epic proportions. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be 4.2 million jobs in IT and computing. There is no way we can fill those jobs with American students and an education system that doesn't adequately prepare them.
Your student saying she's interested in engineering creates the opportunity to discuss the range of educational preparation and careers available. So, how can you help your students connect what they're learning now to their future goals, particularly if they're interested in STEM fields?
I've come to understand that the term "engagement" needs to be unpacked before addressing issues of management in the classroom. If you ask an educator, "What does engagement look like?" responses will surely vary.
The Super Bowl reminded me that we're all working towards what we see as our top goal, our end result. As we continue to reach for those goals and realize those dreams, the stakes get higher and the obstacles far greater.
There was something about Steve Jobs that speaks to students on the edge of finding their own glow. For each kid dreams of being their own Wonka one day, and Jobs was the embodiment of those dreams attained.