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School Sports is Still the Key to a Well-Rounded Student

Contributed by Meghan Sullivan Scoring the winning goal. Passing the tie-breaking touchdown. Finishing first place in a split-second race. Just as the start of a new school year brings opportunities for learning and academic growth, it brings possibilities for athletic greatness through the start of a new season of school sports. As we all know, sports are an extremely popular extracurricular activity for students and there’s no sign that that is changing. The National Federation […]

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5 Ideas for Making Fitness Part of Your School-Year Routine

Contributed by Meghan Sullivan Days at the beach, walks to the park, trips to the local zoo or museum – when it comes to summer, there are a number of ways to get our students out and about and to integrate a bit of physical activity into family fun. But when the summer sun starts to wane and the routine of a new school year sets in, kids’ activity levels start to decrease. Statistics from […]

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5 Ways to Make the World Cup a Learning Opportunity for Kids

Contributed by Quinton Aguilera A prospective 211 countries and territories, from ones as large as China to ones as small as Gibraltar, go through months of grueling qualification and gameplay for a chance to make it to the prestigious FIFA World Cup, a global event that draws in 3.5 billion people. As exciting as the sporting aspects of the event are, there’s a lot more to the World Cup than just goals and medals. What […]

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Chronic Absenteeism: Modern Solutions to Bring Students Back to School

Contributed by Colin Egerter School may be out for the summer, but this summer vacation ends early for educators who have to prep for the new school year. Soon enough, teachers will begin to prepare for the school year by modifying lesson plans, and creating an welcoming environment for all students to learn and grow. This planning is important, but it doesn’t help those students who miss so much school that they don’t reap the […]

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Make Your Class the Next Big Blockbuster by Teaching with Film & Visual Media

Contributed by Thomas Boyer & Christine Wang Dickson Students always rejoice when it’s “movie day” in the classroom. However, deciding to pop a movie in as a means to reward students after an exam or distract them in the remaining days before break actually devalues film as an educational tool. Marrying visual media and educational text is a resource teachers should be taking advantage of by exploring the potential connections between the two mediums, and […]

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How to Make Mental Wellness a Priority for Students: National Mental Health Month

Contributed by Aleksandra Grabowski The time is now to address mental health in schools. The statistics of the past decade have indicated that there’s a veritable crisis for students at every grade level. A report from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that as many as 1 in 5 children in the nation suffer from a mental disorder. With school being a major stressor in many students’ lives, it only makes sense […]

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If We Have to Prep for Tests, Let’s Make it Fun and Meaningful

Contributed by Meghan Sullivan Questioning is a form of teaching as ancient as Socrates. When it comes to the implications and complexities of the topics people encounter, learning is fostered by the critical thinking that questions promote. The Socratic method was, and still is, instrumental in developing a framework for understanding important concepts. A more formal presentation of this questioning mechanism has solidified itself in American education system. With spelling pre-tests on Monday, question-based homework […]

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Mathematics Awareness Month: Show Students the Fun & Sassy Side of Math

Contributed by Grace Xie Mathematics Awareness Month was initially established by President Ronald Reagan, who started it as just a week back in 1986. “The application of mathematics is indispensable in such diverse fields as medicine, computer sciences, space exploration, the skilled trades, business, defense, and government,” he said. “To help encourage the study and utilization of mathematics, it is appropriate that all Americans be reminded of the importance of this basic branch of science […]

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Teachers are Suffering: An Educator’s Advice on How to Improve our Dire Situation

Contributed by Thomas Boyer How can teachers keep up with the increasing demands of the current education system? According to Gregg Garn, Dean of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, they cannot. Limitations — such as graduating teacher salaries being 12 percent less than the average college graduate, and state budgets refusing to change a broken system — stifle teachers in their efforts to impact the education system and school communities. Currently, teachers are striking across the country including Garn’s […]

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Rethinking Museum Visits: Issues of Representation and Accessibility

Contributed by Aleksandra Grabowski Longtime favorite destinations for school field trips and educational outings, museums play a critical role in an expansive, interactive curriculum. But looking between the marble columns, we uncover the thinly veiled, unsettling pasts of museums, along with their ongoing troublesome practices. Marvel’s recent blockbuster Black Panther was seen by millions across the country, and a scene in it brought to light questions about how museums obtain the objects they display. It’s high time […]

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