Students Curb Classroom Misbehavior with ‘Shirt of Shame’

Published by EducationNews.org — What can happen when a group makes up its own rules and consequences. At the beginning of this school year, chemistry teacher Brandon Haggerty facilitated a negotiation among his “Crew” students to agree on group norms for themselves.  Haggerty’s school, the Greene Charter School in rural, leafy Exeter, RI, is an Expeditionary Learning schoolContinue reading “Students Curb Classroom Misbehavior with ‘Shirt of Shame’”

Graduating From High School With Great Work Habits

Published by EducationNews.org — At this school students take ownership of their behavior as well as their learning. “Aaaaah, someone let the chickens out.” Melissa Hall, Vice Principal of Greene Charter School in W. Greenwich, RI, has been keeping an eye out the window behind her desk while she and others were answering my questions.  AContinue reading “Graduating From High School With Great Work Habits”

Puberty, The Elephant in the Middle School Classroom

Published by EducationNews.org — Early adolescents are roiling in a whitewater transition, but the ed industry isn’t talking about it. In 1989, a Carnegie Foundation report dared to boldly go where every man has gone before, but had hoped to forget — puberty. Turning Points was a rare exploration of those morphing from little kid intoContinue reading “Puberty, The Elephant in the Middle School Classroom”