Refuel Kids’ Attention with Short Movement Breaks

Published by EducationNews.org — It makes no sense to take dynamic young bodies and insist they sit still for hours at a stretch. In a technology class at the International Charter School (ICS) in Pawtucket, RI, second and third graders are learning to change fonts on their laptops.  They look droopy, so I ask how theyContinue reading “Refuel Kids’ Attention with Short Movement Breaks”

Give Students a Voice So They Can Improve Their Own School

Published by EducationNews.org — Working on a system to help troubled students stay in school, but be accountable to the community. Regina Winkfield, Principal of E-Cubed Academy in Providence, went into a minor tailspin when district budget cuts eliminated her Student Resource Officer (SRO).  Of course, SROs are a double-edged sword.  As police officers, carrying guns, they’reContinue reading “Give Students a Voice So They Can Improve Their Own School”

Math-Haters Love Crunching Numbers for Business Plans

Published by EducationNews.org — For far too long, project-based or “constructivist” learning has been at war with the “drill-and-kill” focus on building skills first.  A balance is best. Five high-school seniors cluster behind a pillar in a lecture hall at Rhode Island College.  Behind them is a movie-sized screen, and in front looms a modest but intimidating stadiumContinue reading “Math-Haters Love Crunching Numbers for Business Plans”