Can you recognize an effective teacher when you recruit one?
Research on the relationship between teacher characteristics and teacher effectiveness has been underway for over a century, yet little progress has been made in linking teacher quality with factors observable at the time ...
Splat! Geek-in-chief Obama tests marshmallow gun
US President Barack Obama tested a new prototype Tuesday for his commander-in-chief's arsenal -- a high-powered marshmallow gun that sent a tasty missile screaming through the White House.
New Obama plan to help math, science teacher prep
(AP) -- President Barack Obama called on Tuesday for millions of dollars in new funding to improve math and science education, an effort he said would be crucial to the nation's long-term success.
Class size matters to those who struggle most
Research shows that class size does matter; and that it matters most for socio-economically disadvantaged learners, the very groups that the Government says it is most concerned about, says Massey University Professor of ...
Understanding basic concepts in spatial measurement
In a first or second grade classroom, a teacher asks students to take a ruler and measure (in inches) the length of a rectangular block. A student aligns the "0 inch" mark of the ruler with the end of the ...
PhET simulations provide interactive learning tools
(PhysOrg.com) -- What causes a balloon to stick to a sweater? How do microwaves heat coffee? How is electricity generated from a bar magnet?
When it comes to accepting evolution, gut feelings trump facts
For students to accept the theory of evolution, an intuitive "gut feeling" may be just as important as understanding the facts, according to a new study.
Poland pins hopes on starry-eyed students
Starry-eyed youngsters living in the birthplace of Nicolas Copernicus have taken up celestial gazing like the father of modern astronomy, but using telescopes he could only dream of.
Middle-class elementary school students ask for help more often than their working-class peers
Middle-class children ask their teachers for help more often and more assertively than working-class children and, in doing so, receive more support and assistance from teachers according to a study from the University of ...
Help is at hand for teachers struggling with technology
Innovative software to help teachers stay at the forefront of the digital revolution in education has been developed by researchers funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Engineering and Physical ...
Parents have nothing to fear from fast-tracking kids
A major national study has found that parents and teachers of gifted children are generally supportive of academic acceleration but continue to have concerns about the emotional impact of fast-tracking education.
Principals can be reliable sources of teacher evaluations, consortium study finds
(PhysOrg.com) -- As schools across the country face mounting state and federal pressure to overhaul teacher evaluation, a pilot initiative in Chicago provides evidence that principals are able to assess teachers accurately ...
Abused students can return to school and thrive with educator help, researcher finds
A new study from the University of Missouri shows that children who are abused can return to school and do well academically if teachers can help them control their emotions, pay attention to detail and stay motivated.
Teachers have little time to teach science, study shows
Intense pressure to meet accountability goals in mathematics and English is limiting time for science, and teachers and schools do not have the infrastructure support needed to consistently provide students ...