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Virtual School Enrollment Kept Climbing Even As COVID Receded, New Data Reveal

The 74 Million – Asher Lehrer-Small New data indicate that online schools have had a staying power beyond the pandemic that few observers suspected. While some virtual academies have operated for decades, they saw a well-documented enrollment explosion in 2020-21, the first full school year after COVID, as many virus-wary parents looked to protect their children from infections and anti-mask families sought a way out of face-covering requirements. But in the following year, even as brick-and-mortar schools fully reopened and mask mandates fell, remote schools mostly maintained their pandemic enrollment gains — and in many cases added new seats. Read More:...

Teaching Time Management Skills

Edutopia – Andrew Ayers and Amelia Glauber Successful students are able to use their time effectively to get their work done. Teachers often encourage their students to use their time wisely and be efficient in their work habits without explicitly telling them how to do so. Providing explicit lessons on understanding time can be particularly challenging for new teachers, but there are several simple ways to teach students what time feels like. These lessons will make it much easier for students to independently self-monitor and better organize their time. Read More:...

Play is crucial for middle schoolers, too

The Hechinger Report – Christina A. Samuels In Fairfax County, Virginia, thousands of middle school students experience what most of their peers leave behind in elementary school — recess. Read More:...

The Hechinger Report – Jackie Mader In 1966, when psychiatrist Dr. Stuart Brown was assigned to a commission to investigate what led University of Texas student Charles Whitman to kill 12 people in one of the country’s first mass shootings, Brown and his colleagues considered many different aspects of Whitman’s background. The student had access to firearms at home; he had witnessed abuse while growing up; and he had a difficult relationship with his father Read More:...

Are students missing out on learning a language for their GCSEs?

Study International – Staff Writer You might think that if you stop using a language after studying it at school, you will end up forgetting everything you knew. But this isn’t true. Language knowledge will stay in your brain for decades. Read More:...