Thursday, June 20, 2013

N.Y. could make research papers a graduation requirement - Research is one of the most important skills for the 21st century. Here is a great article to consider for your classroom. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

New York state could require high-school students to write a research paper in order to graduate, under a proposal being considered by the Board of Regents. If approved, the current plan is for the Regents Research Papers to be at least five pages in length and include no fewer than four sources. The regents are expected to make a decision in September, and the requirement could be in place for this fall's incoming ninth-graders. The Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (6/19)

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Although CCSS standards are intended to prepare our students for the 21st century, many districts are having difficulty making that shift. Guided inquiry seems like a natural shift and is definitely "doable." Here is some information on our progress. Where does your school fit? courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Helping high-school students develop 21st-century skills
A recent Gallup survey shows that many high-school students are not being taught 21st-century skills such as collaboration and real-world problem-solving. Gallup worked with Microsoft Partners in Learning and the Pearson Foundation to poll 1,014 people ages 18 to 35. According to the report, the respondents who were asked by teachers to apply their school lessons to the real world had an increased likelihood of excelling in their careers. U.S. News & World Report/High School Notes (6/3)