The mission of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, California, is to “educate the hearts and minds of young people for lives of learning, leadership, and service.” This spring, select St. Margaret’s faculty will have an opportunity to demonstrate all three qualities for their students as they team up with massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX. Their new online courses will provide students around the world of all ages and backgrounds access to truly world-class education.
Instilling a passion for reading at a young age is important, especially when you’re competing with television and video games. But, the love of storytelling lives on! Over 89,000 young writers in 2,000 classrooms wrote their stories and novels during last year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November— and your students could join in the fun.
Once upon a time, all teachers were students. As the years go on, teachers are further removed from personal experience, forgetting what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a lecture—the fifth lecture that day.
With that in mind, Alexis Wiggins, the newly minted “Learning Coach” at an international private school, decided to shadow two students and relearn what the current learning experience was like so she could mentor teachers and administrators on matters like curriculum and scheduling. The results from Wiggins’s shadowing experience as posted on education leader Grant Wiggins’s personal blog demonstrate how teaching in a vacuum—without feedback or understanding of the students’ experience—can lead to an oppressive, rather than conducive, learning environment.
Ebola in the U.S. has many on guarded alert. The devastation in Africa has Americans worried that it’s only a matter of time until we start to see rising death tolls here in the states. Numerous schools over the past weeks have suspended classes and closed campuses in response to scares that some of their students or parents came into contact with one of the few confirmed Ebola patients in the U.S. This panic is prompting people to take extra precautionary measures to keep their families safe.