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Motivating the under-motivated high school student
Tyler Morning Telegraph
A few years ago, a mom called me, at her wit's end. Her daughter "Amy" was approaching senior year with no idea what she wanted to do after high school. Worse, in mom's eyes, Amy didn't seem to care.
While Amy's friends were visiting campuses and starting their application essays, Amy wasn't even motivated enough to open the college brochures that were piling up on the kitchen counter. When her parents tried broaching the subject of majors or universities, Amy had little to say. And the more they tried to steer her toward a decision, the more she seemed to shut down.
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How classroom design affects student engagement
Data from ongoing Steelcase Education studies shows that classrooms designed for active learning — i.e., where physical space supports a focus on engaging experiences for students and faculty — have a significant effect on student engagement.
Most states show an increase in high school graduation rates — including Illinois
Peoria Journal Star
High school graduation rates for most states continue to improve, according to preliminary data released by the Obama administration.
The majority of states also are showing gains for black and Hispanic students.
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Tips for identifying and preventing cyberbullying
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness month, and to help alleviate the harmful effects of cyberbullying, experts from the YMCA have released tips to help parents prevent cyberbullying at home.
State needs to do a better job funding Illinois schools
Rockford Register Star
Illinois ranks last in the nation in too many categories — pension liability, credit rating and overall fiscal health, for example — but perhaps the state's greatest failing is in how it finances public education.
Illinois ranks 50th, spending about $900 less per pupil than the national average, and it's first in its reliance on property taxes to finance schools.
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Rutgers gets cyberbullying research help
Rutgers University research into the automatic detection of cyberbullying has a new supporter. Rsignia will be working with principal investigator Vivek Singh, an assistant professor at the institution's School of Communication and Information and a visiting professor from the MIT Media Lab on coming up with data-driven solutions for dealing with cyberbullying.
Schools seek correlation between achievement, behavior
Do improved reading skills mean better school behavior?
Some St. Joseph County schools are implementing a Multi-tier System of Supports model and finding a correlation between achievement and student behavior.
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Students get motivation straight from the top
Voice of America
It is a common complaint of students: What they are learning does not have a practical use. The quickest way for students — or anybody for that matter — to lose motivation when learning is to think that it does not have any real-world application, that it doesn’t matter.
Recently students at a Chinese immersion school in Washington, D.C., got motivation from an unlikely source:
The White House.
Schools across US find alternatives to suspending students
The Associated Press via Quincy Herald Whig
The recent arrest of a 14-year-old Muslim boy whose teacher mistook his homemade clock for a possible bomb led to widespread ridicule of school officials and accusations that Islamophobia may have played a part.
It earned Ahmed Mohamed an invitation to the White House, where the Irving teen will attend an astronomy night. But it also got him a three-day suspension, which he says the district insisted he serve even after it was clear it was just a clock.
Anxious kids don't make the grade: How to handle that 1st report card of the year
Along with bills and junk mail, your middle or high-school student's first-quarter grades may be arriving soon at a dinner table near you.
And just as falling leaves signal autumn, you might notice the grades-are-imminent signs.
Mysterious new emoji keeps an eye out for bullies
The iOS 9.1 update released by Apple Wednesday included some new emoji. You can now text with a taco, a unicorn and a selection of umbrellas. One of the new emoji, however, a black and white eye in a talk bubble, has been confounding users since it was first spotted in a developer's preview last month.
The symbol's purpose is now clear. Apple added the emoji to its virtual keyboards as part of the anti-bullying "I Am a Witness" campaign from the Ad Council, a nonprofit that produces public service messages.
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