Welcome to another instalment of Education Update, the latest batch of news articles, features and teaching ideas for educators gathered from across the internet. This week includes articles on developing unique education programs to match individual student needs, the changes needed in schools to best serve students, social and emotional learning, classroom rules and academic integrity, as well as strategies around science education, student reading, the use of digital portfolios, the use of mobile phones in the classroom and more.

There is also a great photo essay that captures teachers in those moments outside the classroom.

Education News 2

All the Children are Above Average

Each child we have the blessing to educate is unique. Each child, as I recently heard from education thought leader and bestselling author Sir Kenneth Robinson, “is a fountain of possibilities.” The young people in our schools can’t be considered to be outputs. As educators we must cultivate the right conditions for learning; we must find each child’s passion, talent, and creativity….read more

Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

Many would agree that for inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom that, amongst other things, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic questions, and not only asking well-designed ones, but ones that will also lead students to questions of their own….read more

Why Kids Need Schools to Change

The current structure of the school day is obsolete, most would agree. Created during the Industrial Age, the assembly line system we have in place now has little relevance to what we know kids actually need to thrive….read more

The 5 Critical Categories of Rules

I fully agree that children need choices, a lot more than they get now in their school experience. Children also need limits to frame their choices. In fact choices without limits and limits without choices are both doomed to denying children the opportunity of learning how to act responsibly….read more

Academic Integrity: Cheat or Be Cheated?

Stories of cheating in schools often make national headlines and are frequently met with widespread shock. How could such actions occur on the campuses of elite colleges and high schools? What’s going on with kids these days…read more

5 Tools That Help Students Organize Research and Create Bibliographies

Organizing and writing a bibliography can feel like the most tedious part of writing a research paper. The following five tools can help students organize and create their bibliographies….read more

My Best Science Lesson: Why History is Essential to Engage Students

Neglecting the rich history of science when teaching it is a missed opportunity to connect the subject to the world around us. Storytelling is nothing new and has played a role in education for centuries, if not millennia. But with the pressure of working towards examination, many teachers and students lament the lack of time spent beyond the syllabus….read more

11 Tips to Turn Every Student Into a Close Reader

Let’s face it, close reading isn’t often a skill that comes naturally. When our students get a new reading assignment, their first instinct is often to race to the finish line rather than engage deeply with a text. Getting students to slow down, engage with the text in different ways, and reflect as they read are challenges for every teacher, and are the goals of close reading….read more

5 Effective Ways To Build Your School Tribe

In schools, it is our love of students and a shared interest in their future that can bring people together to form a tribe – and this is a step that leaders in the digital age really need to leverage as they begin to make needed upgrades in their schools….read more

How Teachers Make Cell Phones Work in the Classroom

At its core, the issues associated with mobile learning get to the very fundamentals of what happens in class everyday. At their best, cell phones and mobile devices seamlessly facilitate what students and teachers already do in thriving, inspiring classrooms. Students communicate and collaborate with each other and the teacher. They apply facts and information they’ve found to formulate or back up their ideas. They create projects to deepen their understanding, association with, and presentation of ideas….read more

5 Reasons To Use Digital Portfolios In Your Classroom

Advances in technology have created a digital world where people from all wakes of life can interact and share knowledge–where the answer to almost any question imaginable is just a few clicks away, no matter where you are in the world or what time of day it is. And yet, despite all of the amazing things we are now able to bring into our classrooms, many students continue to decorate folders or scrapbook covers so that they can paste in pictures they have drawn, writing samples, and short reflections/goals. Digital portfolios have the ability to revolutionize and modernize the way students learn, while encouraging independence, responsibility, and reflection….read more

Photo Series Captures The Part Of A Teacher’s Day You Never See

After the last school bell rings and rowdy children shuffle out, teachers are left with a few silent moments to soak in or let go of the day’s triumphs and disappointments. Last year, photographer Aliza Eliazarov captured these often-unseen moments for her photo series “See Me After School,” which features New York educators. Eliazarov is no stranger to the unseen lives of teachers; she was one before becoming a full-time photographer….read more

Filling in Thought Holes: An Invaluable Social and Emotional Learning Lesson

Thought holes, or cognitive distortions, are skewed perceptions of reality. They are negative interpretations of a situation based on poor assumptions. Although all kids blow things out of proportion or jump to conclusions at times, distorting reality is not innocuous….read more