Introverted people succeed in networking because they can offer meaningful conversation during events or situations, while extroverts tend to be better at working the room, author David Burkus writes. By having a genuine interest in backstories and passions, introverts are able to build deeper connections over time, which scientists say helps to build trust.
Louisiana high-school principal Tybus Burdett sees himself as a coach who stands back and lets the school's expert teachers do their jobs. Burdett, who has been named as one of the principals of the year by the St. Mary Parish Principals Association, says the key to student success is to set high academic standards.
Students from two Illinois schools have designed, raised funds for and helped plant an outdoor area that mimics the environment of prairie land. The "Prairie Classroom" will be used for hands-on science lessons at the middle and high schools.
One Minnesota school is partnering with Southwest Minnesota State University to create a program aimed at stemming a growing teacher shortage. Students can take an "Introduction To Education" course that will earn them both high school and college credit and prepare them to become teachers.
The Illinois State Board of Education this week approved an outside monitor for at least three years to oversee any changes to special-education programs within the Chicago Public Schools system. The move comes after the board decided a 2016 overhaul of special-ed programs in the district violated federal law.
A peer-mentoring program at a California school has grown in five years to having a waiting list of students interested in helping out. The program pairs students in general education with peers in special education for one class period four days a week.
Fifth-graders at a Tennessee school marched in formation onto a football field and then engaged in a paper wad "fight" as part of a Civil War battle re-enactment. The year-end tradition is part of students' lessons on the Civil War.
Fifth- and sixth-grade students at a Washington school are learning about science, technology, engineering and math in a weekly robotics class. Students build robots out of Legos and use computers to code them to perform tasks.
Student collaboration improves engagement and learning, but sometimes disagreements and distractions can hinder progress, middle-grades educator Erica Hilliker writes in this blog post. She shares strategies and video examples of improving small group dynamics.
A group of fourth- and fifth-graders at a Montana school are improving their literacy skills by participating in a news reporting club. Students use their iPads to record video interviews and edit footage into story packages that are posted to the school's YouTube account.
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