Tim McNamara, a math specialist and retired teacher, recommends using KenKen puzzles on The Times’s Crosswords & Games pages as a fun way to practice arithmetic skills.
A small, if vocal, movement urging parents to have their children sit out standardized exams took off this year, maturing from scattered displays of disobedience into a widespread rebuke.
Charles B. Anderson, a licensed clinical psychologist, has served as associate director in the university counseling centers at Virginia Tech and the College of William & Mary. He writes about changes in campus mental health care he has seen firsthand, arguing that fear of liability is now controlling too many decisions, and costing student lives.Read full article >>
This is the fourth in a series of essays I am publishing that emanate from a project in which more than 20 biology teachers around the country wrote around the prompt: “What is the value of letting students struggle in class?” The effort was an attempt to give teachers an avenue to discuss teaching and how they deal with the struggles of their students. You can read about the project here; the first post, here, about how much struggle is too much; the second post, here, about the nature of struggle; and the third post, here, about conversations about failure and success that teachers are scared to have.Read full article >>
Earlier this month I published a list of the 17 inaugural winners in the Schools of Opportunity project, a pilot initiative to identify and recognize public high schools that seek to close opportunity gaps through practices “that build on students’ strengths” — not by inundating them with tests. (You can see the list here.)Read full article >>