Teachers and Their Classrooms

‘Educators Can’t Forget to Take Care of Themselves’ – Education Article

Rich Glasheen, a math teacher at Ward Melville High School on Long Island, New York, usually spends around 10 to 15 minutes, sitting in the zero-gravity chair, maybe drinking a cup of tea and reading while listening to calming music. Special education teacher Katherine Jimenez is also partial to the zero-gravity chair but she relaxes to the ambient sounds and images emanating from the 65-inch flat-screen television bolted to the wall. Alyssa Ward, who works in Ward Melville’s attendance office,…

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Students Still Can’t Tell Fact from Fiction on the Internet – Education Article

Critical thinking skills have always been high on most educators’ wish-list for their students. The onslaught of disinformation across the Internet, however, has only heightened the sense of urgency. After the 2016 presidential election, during which the term “fake news” entered the lexicon, researchers at Stanford  University released a study that examined U.S. high school students’ troubling inability to discern fact from fiction in online news sources. “Many people assume that because young people are fluent in social media they…

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When a Bake Sale Isn’t Enough: Crowdfunding for School Projects – Education Article

From international food festivals and popcorn sales to fun runs and penny wars, many educators are taking matters into their own hands to raise much-needed funds. With nearly half of public school funding nationwide coming from local taxes, annual budgets vary drastically from one school district to another. According to the National Center for Education, funding can range from less than $4,000 per student in the least affluent areas to more than $15,000 per student in the wealthiest districts. In…

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What Does a Global Arts Classroom Look Like? – Education Article

Julie Midkiff, an art teacher at Bradley Elementary School in Mount Hope, West Virginia, is an NEA Foundation Global Fellow who studies the connection between global arts and the Appalachian Arts and Crafts Tradition. She is also a contributor to 12 Lessons to Open Classrooms and Minds to the World, which supports students’ need for a globally conscious education. NEA Today spoke recently to Midkiff about what a global arts classroom looks like. How does arts education lend itself so well…

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Using Meditation to Mitigate Stress – Education Article

It’s news to exactly no one that being an educator is stressful. Longhours are spent in an environment that churns with mental, visual, and emotional stimulation. And when what should be the end of the work day finally arrives, there is still more to do. For educators, the list of stress and anxiety-inducing triggers is endless—and potentially dangerous to your career and health. Whether you’re nearing burnout’s precipice, or already staring into the abyss, meditation can help. In this first installment of a two-part…

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