Teaching Trends

Computer Science Standards for K-8 Students in Tennessee Slated for the 2019-2020 School Year

With a shortage in the workforce of candidates with adequate computer science skills, Tennessee has approved computer science standards for students in kindergarten through grade 8.  Slated for implementation next year, students will be expected to demonstrate proper keyboarding skills and proficiency in the use of technology.  Students will also be expected to understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning.  In the younger grades, the focus will be on computer basics and protec

Universal Pre-K

The benefits of pre-K education has been widely shown and commonly agreed upon but the hope for universal pre-K has not yet come to fruition. The varying degree of programs funded across the country show the lack of consensus among states to support the cause.

Is Kinder too Young for Career Education?

California's Cajon Valley Union School District is addressing the question "How young is too young to start introducing students to future careers?" Cajon Valley implemented their "World of Work" program starting in kindergarten this year! Five-year-olds learn about police officers, doctors, artists, teachers, bakers and farmers.

A Decline in Civic Knowledge

With politics at the forefront of nearly every headline these day, knowing the fundamentals of our political system is a topic states are addressing as they are looking to increase student understanding of the basic structure and function of our government. A recent EdWeek article points out to a decline in civic knowledge.  Pennsylvania is expected to be the latest state to require students to take a mandatory civics test in school.

STEAM and SEL – Using Robots to Blend Learning of Hard and Soft Skills

New this year, the Redwood City School District began a Kindergarten program to not only introduce student to STEAM skills, but also to encourage and develop social-emotional skills. The focus of the program is to enhance problem solving skills in the creative and analytical process so that children are more cooperative and collaborative. Students work together to program robots to make movements and accomplish tasks. In doing so, they are learning basic coding skills. In this era, it is definitely an advantage for students to have coding skills.

Principals' Assessment of Public Education Highlights Importance of College and Career Readiness

The 2018 Principals' Assessment of Public Education has been released. Among the issues raised are college and career readiness, and the related area of career and technical education. Notably, the report states "There are thousands of jobs that require technical training but do not require a college degree. On the other hand, there are still too many high school graduates who arrive at college unprepared for college level instruction."

Expand the 21st Century Skills Standards?

There is an interest to expand the 21st Century Skills educational standards from the current 4 "Cs", to 5 or 6 core skills. The current "4C's of 21st century" skills consist of 1) critical thinking, 2) creativity, 3) collaboration, and 4) communication. The 5th 'C' would represent "Computational" skills, or computational thinking, and become another core skill of the 21st Century Skills, and would be taught to all students.

Microsoft's Minecraft

Bringing technology into the classroom is a topic we revisit often as it is such an important aspect of the 21st century classroom. Content providers are continuing to integrate innovative and fun resources to enhance student learning. One such resource is Microsoft's Minecraft game which was recently featured in an article touting its use in the Montour Pennsylvania School District.

LGBT lessons in California schools

California has become the first state in the US to adopt textbooks that highlight the contributions of people who contributed to the development of California and the US as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

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