You get what you measure. When schools measure their success by the answers on test results, the importance of other factors, like physical, social, and emotional health can be left out of the equation. … Continued
Every year our schools test students. And every year these tests show that students in Baltimore City Public Schools perform far below state averages on all subjects. If we want better results, we need to invert the equation. Students should … Continued
Ever discover something a little late into the process? “You aren’t eating those blackberries, are you?.. Didn’t you know this is a Superfund site?” The president of the neighborhood association was looking at me with concern as my blue stained … Continued
How Students Can Improve Their Health And Learning. Our schools constantly test our students to measure their achievement. But if we want to improve student achievement, it’s time for students to test their schools. Are classrooms too hot … Continued
NPR story on lead in schools.
Experiment You engages students in solving problems that matter to them.
Improving school environments requires insistence and verification that changes are implemented at schools. Students can provide this verification through STEM or science projects benchmarking the health and environmental conditions at their school.
Giving children a chance to name things in nature invites them to use their imagination and observation skills and to claim the right to categorize things. Anderson tells the children the common name so they can communicate with people outside the class, but which is the more memorable and descriptive name: Monkey Weirdo Tree, or Horse Chestnut?