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Current Issues in Education

Repeating a grade: The pros and cons

"I am struggling with being forced to suggest retention for a student and it's the reason I'm reading research studies, articles and notes from parents who have "been there" with their children. I'm not a fan of retention. However, there is so much pressure in schools for chn.

Overweight and Obesity

The reality is that hunger and being overweight are linked and it affects millions of children and adults. This paradox of food insecurity threatens the health of our nation's children. Read More

Much Too Early - Education Next

Children must master the language of things before they master the language of words." - Friedrich Froebel, Pedagogics of the Kindergarten, 1895 In one sentence, Froebel, father of the kindergarten, expressed the essence of early-childhood education. Children are not born knowing the difference between red and green, sweet and sour, rough and smooth, cold and hot, or any number of physical sensations.

Is your child getting enough physical activity?

Tips to make sure your kid stays fit If anyone had asked our moms if their children were getting enough physical activity, they would've laughed. "Of course!" But today's increasingly sedentary lifestyle leaves many kids short on the exercise and play time they need to protect their health.

ADD / ADHD and School

In This Article School creates multiple challenges for kids with ADD/ADHD, but with patience and an effective plan, your child can thrive in the classroom. As a parent, you can work with your child and his or her teacher to implement practical strategies for learning both inside and out of the classroom.

Helping Schools Promote Fitness, Healthful Diets

Spurred by a government report warning about the effects of overeating and inactivity among children, education and health officials formed Action for Healthy Kids, a group that works with schools to promote more healthful lifestyles for youngsters. Included: Resources for encouraging eating well, exercising.

Homeschooling: Examining a Growing Trend

A growing number of families are choosing to homeschool their children. Education World examines the pros and cons of this trend.

Inclusion and the Other Kids

ByDebbie Staub Debbie Staub, Ph.D., is a project coordinator at the University of Washington's Consortium for Collaborative Research on Social Relationships. The group studies the impact of social relationships for children with and without severe disabilities. Nationwide, 50 percent of disabled students aged 6-11 are in regular classrooms. The same holds true for 30 percent of disabled students aged 12-11.

Earlychildhood NEWS - Article Reading Center

Zack's parents have decided to hold him out of kindergarten. They plan to voluntarily delay starting school even though Zack is a normally developing five-year-old who meets his state's kindergarten age requirement. Zack's parents believe that being one of the youngest children in his class would put Zack at an academic disadvantage.

Building Blocks: The First Steps of Creating a Multicultural Classroom

Building Blocks: The First Steps of Creating a Multicultural Classroom byLarri Fish of Siena College Discovering diversity takes creativity, extra effort, diligence, and courage on the teacher's part. Thus, American public schools have rarely offered an enthusiastic welcome for student difference.

Take Kids Outdoors

Getting kids out in nature is more essential today given that children are spending nearly 8 hours a day using entertainment media and only 6 percent of children ages 9-13 play outside on their own. We are at risk of losing an entire generation's appreciation for how nature works and what it needs to remain healthy and productive.

Tips For Keeping Your Child Safe on Social Networking Sites

Idle summertime means your kids have more opportunity to browse online. You may find your child parked in front of the family computer spending hours at a time on popular social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace. As a parent, do you really know who your child is communicating with-or, in some instances, does your child even know?

Healthier School Lunches ~ Center for Science in the Public Interest

Since 1971, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has been a strong advocate for nutrition and health, food safety, alcohol policy, and sound science. Its award-winning newsletter, Nutrition Action Healthletter, is the largest-circulation health newsletter in North America, providing reliable information on nutrition and health.

How important is class size?

By GreatSchools Staff How much attention do students at your school get? Class size is one factor to consider when evaluating a school's effectiveness. But small class size alone does not ensure a good education. The quality of the teaching, the school leadership, the size of the school, the amount of parent involvement and other factors are important to consider, too.

In-School Suspension: A Learning Tool | In School Suspension

In-School Suspension: A Learning Tool

We Are Teachers

The most practical ideas for using technology, all vetted by real teachers using the real tools they have in their classrooms.

WeAreTeachers: The Teacher Report: How RTI Boosts Standardized Test Scores

RTI can be a great asset in identifying students who have the ability to do better on standardized tests if just given the proper interventions at the right times. Here are some effective ways to get the most of your RTI program in an effort to raise scores.

WeAreTeachers: The Teacher Report: How Flipped Teaching Can Work in the Younger Grades

Teachers, what are your thoughts on the flipped teaching trend? (If you don't know much about it, here's a previous blog entry we wrote on the topic.) We have to admit, we get excited about the idea of reserving class time for hands-on projects, discussion and collaboration and saving reading and lectures for outside of school.

WeAreTeachers: The Flipped Classroom: What are the Pros and Cons?

You've probably heard at least a little bit about flipped learning. Flipping a classroom (or a lesson) typically involves reversing the way instructional time is used, delivering instruction outside of classroom time and moving "homework" into the classroom.

Healthy Schools Campaign

About 56 million students and six million staff attend our nation's schools each school day. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports half of them are exposed to polluted indoor air, lead, chemical fumes, pesticides, molds and other toxins - conditions that we would never tolerate in our homes.

Creating More Compassionate Classrooms

Joshua Block Humanities teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia I had been trying to start class for several minutes. Our normal post-weekend check-in had failed. Instead of hearing updates from each other, students were having side conversations about the school dance.

Inflated Praise Can Harm Kids With Low Self-Esteem

By Janice Wood Associate News Editor Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on January 4, 2014 ~ 2 min read New research suggests that parents and adults who heap the highest praise on children with low self-esteem are most likely hurting the children with their over-the-top compliments.

Rethinking Difficult Parents

"Jack tells me that lots of kids are doing way worse things, but you ignore them and pick on him." "Are you saying Mandy is a liar?" "As far as I know, three kids did the same thing, yet Ben was the only one punished! Is that fair!" "Really?

Differentiation Is Just Too Difficult: Myth-Busting DI Part 3

John McCarthy Education Consultant, Advocate for Student Voice in Learning What if you could predict the winning numbers to the biggest prize of a major lottery? Would you play? Here are the odds for two lotteries: If you could reduce the odds to 1 in 3 attempts or 1 in 1 attempts, would you play then?

Wire Side Chat: The Growing Role of Online Learning

More and younger students will be taking online classes, a study says.