|12-4-18 Education in the News|
Education Week--Students Learn to Put the 'Civil' in Civil Discourse
Some students are learning the art of civic discourse
Inside this high school at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, teenagers are immersed in a project with the potential to temper the divisiveness that is consuming U.S. politics. They're learning to have calm, balanced conversations about controversial issues.
In two very ordinary classrooms here, students are aware that they're trying to do something extraordinary, something many adults around them seem unable to do: study a problem, understand the arguments on all sides, and discuss it together to see what solutions might work best for the country.
Catherine Gewertz| November 27, 2018 | Corrected: November 28, 2018
Education Week--'Learning Styles' Aren't a Reliable Way to Categorize Students, Study Says
For years, psychologists and neuroscientists have questioned the idea of "learning styles"—the theory that students can process information best when teachers tailor instruction to students' strengths. These frameworks often rely on grouping students into categories, like auditory, visual, or kinesthetic learners, or concrete versus abstract learners.
Now, a new study in Frontiers in Education offers further evidence that these designations may be unreliable: When it comes to an individual student's preferred learning style, teachers and students don't agree on how students learn best.
Sarah Schwartz on December 3, 2018 3:00 PM
NPR: Teachers Turn Lessons Into Instagram-Worthy Photos
When she's trying decide which art supplies to buy for her class, Tennessee art teacher Cassie Stephens hops on Instagram. She'll post the question on her Instagram story, and within minutes, other art teachers will send her ideas and videos.
Teachers like Stephens have formed something of a community on the app. Using hashtags like #teachersofinstagram, teacher Instagrammers post photos of meticulously crafted classroom decorations, lessons and even their daily outfits (Stephens posted a picture of her pencil-shaped scarf).
Courtney Rozen| December 4, 20185:00 AM ET