"Rainy day pumpkins always seem to know when to come around." -Gourd’s Gold
Having children is one of the most fundamental financial events in the life of the typical American family. According to a report the USDA released in August, it costs $245,340 on average for a middle-income family to raise a child from its 2013 birth to age 18, According to a report the USDA released in August. The report, which the department releases annually, is full of all sorts of striking facts about how much it costs to raise children in the US these days.
After Brown v. Board of Education (more on that below), America specifically ordered many school districts to desegregate (aka stop having just one type of person at the school). This was supposed to make it more likely that African-American kids would be in schools with non-African-American kids … this is desegregation. It made it official: Separate but equal is unconstitutional.
Turns out, our schools are even MORE segregated now. Even more separate.
One of the people tasked with making the jump is Dr. Jeneen Graham at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in California. She currently teaches psychology to 18 students; next year she’ll be teaching thousands. “I think it’s incredible,” says Graham, “and also a little bit scary.”
Graham is creating an intro to psychology MOOC for the online learning nonprofit EdX, one of the biggest MOOC providers. Her class will be one of about two-dozen free high-school classes EdX is launching.
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- Setup a dedicated class account
- Don’t make joining mandatory
- Establish a hashtag
- Follows are student-friendly
- Get permission to post pictures
- Vary your tweets
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At several NYC schools teachers decide on everything from field trips to who gets hired, but making these decisions democratic doesn’t make them easy.
- MIT Open Courseware
- National STEM Video Game Challenge
- Khan Academy
- Academic Earth
- 50 Sources of Free STEM Education
- The 10 Best STEM Resources for preK-12
- STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup
- Top 10 Online STEM Resources for Advanced Students
- 7 STEM Apps for Higher Order Thinking
- The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids
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As a writer myself, I still believe that the best way for students to become writers is by reading as much good writing as possible and internalizing the various structures and techniques they encounter. For extras, the habit of reading will also increase their vocabulary, improve their spelling, and help them grasp the fact that many of the conventions of written language are different from those of spoken language.
The idea is that teachers, like doctors in medical residencies, need to practice repeatedly with experienced supervisors before they can be responsible for classes on their own. At Aspire, mentors believe that the most important thing that novice teachers need to master is the seemingly unexciting — but actually quite complex — task of managing a classroom full of children. Once internalized, the thinking goes, such skills make all the difference between calm and bedlam, and can free teachers to focus on student learning.