Middle school is a critical time for students, particularly those in high poverty schools. The stats are stark: by 4th grade, students in low-income communities are 2-3 grades behind higher-income peers; graduating seniors in low-income communities average 8th-grade achievement levels compared to higher-income peers. Lots of things go wrong in middle school: puberty, friends, music,… Read more »
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When I told the colleagues and contributors I used to work with through Science Progress that I was leaving my job to teach, they’d usually assume that I was headed to a science classroom. “I wish,” I’d say, “But I only took one science class in college. I’m not qualified.” I love science, science journalism,… Read more »
So a few weeks ago, I got invited to beta text a nifty little iPad app called ShowMe. The developers bill it as the pathway to creating your own Khan Academy. And indeed, the functionality is deceptively simple. Essentially, ShowMe records screencasts of you drawing on an iPad whiteboard–along with your synchronized narrative. You write… Read more »
Sometimes middle schoolers get really wound up, and there’s nothing rational you can say to them to calm them down. Distracting them with really awful jokes works for derailing arguments from time to time. To whit: green_four_wheels A social studies teacher taught me that one.