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What effect does class size have on average students?

What effect does class size have on average students?
A three-year expansion of class sizes in Clark County, Nev., has educators worried about achievement among average students. They say as many as 40% of students will either excel or struggle regardless of class size. For students who fall in the middle, however, overcrowded classes and a lack of one-on-one interaction with teachers can make a difference. Some, however, say that a quality teacher is more important than class size. Las Vegas Sun

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Education News

 

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How teacher-student relationships can foster safe schools

How teacher-student relationships can foster safe schools
Strong relationships between teachers and students can help create safe learning environments, even in schools located in the most crime-ridden neighborhoods, a study by the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago finds. The study’s lead author says the findings support the mission of the city’s “Culture of Calm” program, which has seen success in pairing at-risk Chicago students with adult mentors. The continuation of the program is in question, however, as federal stimulus money dwindles. Chicago Tribune

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2011 in News

 

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Should kindergarten students use iPads?

Should kindergarten students use iPads?
The decision to provide all kindergarten students in a Maine school district with iPad 2 devices has drawn praise and criticism. At issue is whether students will benefit enough from the technology to justify the $200,000 cost. Some say the iPads will improve achievement, while others say kindergarteners are too young to be responsible for such expensive technology. Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine)

 
 

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Technology to customize student learning

More schools and educators are using technology to customize lessons and learning for individual students. Examples include special assessments that are based on students’ strengths and weaknesses, data-driven lesson plans and assignments, and hands-on technology projects that fulfill curriculum requirements. However, experts say definitions are still evolving about what personalized learning means and how it is best used to improve achievement and inspire lifelong learning. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org)

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in Education News

 

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What is “personalized learning”

What is “personalized learning” and can it raise achievement?
A growing number of schools are implementing versions of “personalized learning,” which allows students to progress at their own pace and master skills before advancing. Technological advances, the availability of digital content and the willingness of states to waive “seat time” requirements are among the factors allowing for the model’s expansion. One Colorado district has made personalized learning the focus of its turnaround strategy, while New York City’s School of One continues to expand its highly individualized and data-driven programs. District Administration magazine

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Education News, News

 

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