Engineers Week — A Must for High School – Education Article

Next week, February 17-23, 2019, is DiscoverE’s Engineers Week. Their tagline: “A week-long event, a year-long commitment” Do you wonder why anyone would be passionate about engineering? Forbes published three good reasons: The U.S. has approximately 1.6 million engineering jobs that pay $42 per hour in median. Job growth from 2010 to 2014 was in the double digits in several engineering occupations. Since 2007, the number of engineering grads nationwide has shot up 33%. What is Engineers Week? For those not familiar with…

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Self-Care Is Priority One for This Teacher – Education Article

January is finally over. I swear this month had 974 days in it. After returning from Winter Break I felt as if I just could not keep up with myself. There is always so much to do and so very few hours in the day to balance everything. Normally this is when my really bad habits form, like skipping meals, drinking too much soda and eating too much junk food, foregoing date night with my significant other and sleeping in…

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Preparing Students For Teacher Absences – Education Article

I was gone two days this week because my fiancé had back surgery. Two. Whole. Days. This may not seem like much to most, but I teach special education with some very routine-oriented students and this was a huge whammy in their little lives. I know we want our classrooms to become autonomous and for kids to be flexible when life happens to their teachers, but sometimes I think we forget about how important we are in their little lives.…

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A student who fled Katrina says there aren’t enough mentors in schools – Education Article

My life was turned upside down when Hurricane Katrina forced my family to leave New Orleans in 2005 and relocate to Texas and then Georgia.   I wasn’t thinking about the future. My family lost everything in the storm. And I always seemed to find some way to get myself in trouble. Then I found a caring adult in my school — Ms. Barnes, a Communities in Schools organizer. Ms. Barnes became my mentor. She was always there to help…

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Resources for Black History Month and Beyond: Grades 6-12 Edition – Education Article

How can you celebrate Black History Month during February and weave these important lessons into your classroom throughout the year? Take a look at these creative resources and thoughtful teaching ideas from Teacher-Authors in the TpT community. You’ll find biography projects, full units, and classroom posters right here.  Biographies and Biographical Events Help your students learn about key individuals and events in black history through the use of writing prompts, comprehension and inference questions, and more.  Emmett Till and The 16th…

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5 steps to successfully run a student-led tech team – Education Article

One-to-one device initiatives have exploded in popularity and have dramatically changed the classroom environment. Dedicated device access doesn’t just benefit students through improved educational outcomes, but also benefits districts by enabling innovation and providing a clear return on educational investment. IT teams, however, can struggle with the greatly increased burdens of managing fragmented device platforms, and the increased staffing that 1:1 initiatives often demand can limit funding for other important initiatives. In 2016, Lafayette (IN) Catholic School System was preparing…

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Preparing High Schoolers For A Career In Cybersecurity – Education Article

No one who even glances at the news can deny the importance of cybersecurity experts. I know first-hand the dearth of qualified people available to fill these critical positions. If you’re a high school teacher trying to prepare students for a career in this field, Sam Bocetta, a retired cybersecurity analyst currently reporting on trends in cryptography and cybercrime, has some suggestions: Creating cybersecurity programs for K-12 students is something schools and educations around the world are preparing for due to the…

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Using Visual Teaching and Chunking Techniques to Explore New Content – Education Article

This post originally appeared on the blog A Lesson Plan for Teachers. Teaching an entire geographical region can be intimidating, not only for the teacher but also for her students. Thinking about a continent in the context of its numerous countries, cultures, geographical differences, languages, business practices, and people, can overwhelm even the most diligent and detail-oriented pupil. However, using visual teaching methods and practicing chunking techniques can help students to analyze, categorize, and develop a deeper understanding of the content knowledge, ensuring they are able to better… This is only…

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It’s Here–the High School Technology Curriculum! – Education Article

The High School technology curriculum prepares students for their college-and-career future not by teaching widgets and programs—though that happens—but by showing them how to use the tech they have acquired throughout their education. How do they decide what program works best for what inquiry? How do they acquire the use of tools they have never before seen? How do they self-assess their knowledge, ensuring they acquired what they need? Don’t expect black-and-white answers. Success is more likely predicated on student…

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How to Make the Most of Maps in Social Studies – Education Article

This post originally appeared on the blog Education with DocRunning. Okay, so let me be completely transparent here: I love maps. I have a huge National Geographic Atlas at home, and I love looking at not only the political maps but also the other maps such as population density. I just like examining it and thinking about the world from different lenses. Even as a student, I always loved making maps as part of each unit of study. And as…

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High School Electives for Homeschoolers: A Huge Resource List – Education Article

High School is a time for youth to explore a variety of topics and experiences as they attempt to discover what things interest them for their future. It’s an opportunity to study topics beyond the basic core that might not have been covered yet or to get more in-depth with a specific subject. Here are some resources to help you plan out your high school electives. High School Student by BillionPhotos.com on BigStockPhoto.com In general, high school core subjects are…

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Dissing the Family Crazies: A Christmas Story – Education Article

Ahhhh… the two weeks teachers wait for that never seem to get here fast enough. I was so ready to be done with 2018 I had a collection of white flags hidden in my desk that I found myself waving ever so slightly throughout that last week of school. So as I got off of winter break, I hastily tried to get caught up on everything that I’ve been behind on since July. Especially this year because I thought Christmas was…

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