Time magazine writer Amanda Ripley talks about following three American high school students as they studied abroad for a year and what happened when they were exposed to higher standards, better teaching, and more motivated students. Her book is called The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way.
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Nature Sound Map provides a wonderful way to explore the soundscape of the natural world.
In science courses the sound map offers a nice way for students to hear the sounds of animals that they’re learning about in different regions of the world. In some cases the sound recordings combined with Street View imagery could give students a more complete picture of what it is like to be at ground level in a place.
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Keb Mo Performs "America The Beautiful" at The White House
What helps children succeed? The question has long puzzled parents and educators alike. IQ and test scores have garnered a lot of attention, but a new school of thought introduces a different concept: grit. In other words, dedication, the ability to stick things out, to cope with setbacks.
A Philadelphia program aims to instill these qualities in young people — through regular mentoring and adventurous trips.
In what may come as a pleasant surprise to people who fear the Facebook generation has given up on reading — or, at least, reading anything longer than 140 characters — a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project reveals the prominent role of books, libraries and technology in the lives of young readers, ages 16 to 29.
- “We found that about 8 in 10 Americans under the age of 30 have read a book in the past year. And that’s compared to about 7 in 10 adults in general, American adults.”
- “We heard from e-book readers in general [that] they don’t want e-books to replace print books.”
- “We found that [younger people are] very interested in the idea of preloaded e-readers — being able to check out an e-reader at a library that already has some popular titles on it.”
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HEADLEE: But for the teachers who were there, new teachers or not, who are experiencing what you call the disillusionment phase as we speak, who are listening to your voice now, what do you say to the teacher crying in his or her car after school today?
ELDEN: First of all, you have to hang in there because you have to know that it’s that time of year. And also, it helps to know I think, the great teachers of the future know they’re not great yet. They want so badly to be everything that these students need them to be, but at the same time they are very hard on themselves when they fall short. So if you have those moments where you’re wondering - like what I wondered was, you know, how did these teachers get - these kids get stuck with a teacher like me, that can actually be a sign of kind of a point in your growth. It’s a low point that it still points in becoming a teacher that you hope to be.
"If you thought getting updates on Facebook that said what someone was eating for dessert was more than you wanted to know, just wait."
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More people are going to college than ever before, but a lot of them aren’t finishing. Low-income students, in particular, struggle to get to graduation. Only 9 percent complete a bachelor’s degree by age 24. Why are so many students quitting, and what leads a few to beat the odds and make it through?
In this documentary, American RadioWorks correspondent Emily Hanford introduces us to young people trying to break into the middle class, teachers trying to increase their chances and researchers investigating the nature of persistence.
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When Rachel Smith’s older sister was a second-semester high school senior, she and her classmates started to “senior slide.” They had been going to school for 13 years, graduation was on its way, and heck, it was warm outside. So when one of her teachers found her students unprepared for class, and announced: “I know everyone has been giving up on you for your entire life, but I’m not going to give up on you,” the students in the class were offended.
They were being lazy; not hopeless.
According to Rachel, who is the chief poet at Kenwood Academy’s Epic Sound slam poetry team, that kind of thing happens a lot when privileged young people come to teach in what she calls “inner city” schools. So Rachel decided to write a poem about it.