Ask a Teacher: Should My Responsible Daughter Be Expected to Babysit the Difficult Boys in Her Class?

Slate

Care and Feeding is Slate's parenting advice column. In addition to our traditional advice, every Thursday we feature an assortment of teachers from across the country answering your education questions. Have a question for our teachers? Email askateacher@slate.com or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group. This week's Ask a Teacher panel: Katie Holbrook, high school, Texas Cassy Sarnell, preschool special education, New York Matthew Dicks, fifth grade, Connecticut My daughter's sixth-grade elective teacher recently called me to tell me that my daughter is a great student, eager to learn, and very fun to have in class. But he also mentioned that he often asks her to partner with difficult students in class. When I asked my daughter about this, she said that these difficult students are often boys that don't pay attention and don't really want to be in the class.


High schools that get grads to college, Berkeley class disruptions, the mystery of Frida Sofia: What's new in education

Los Angeles Times

Essential Education: Ref Rodriguez gives up L.A. school board presidency Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Friends and foes of L.A. school board president Ref Rodriguez are puzzled about why he allegedly engaged in a campaign money-laundering scheme when he could have simply written himself a check. Rodriguez is stepping down from the role of president, but he'll stay on the school board. Friends and foes of L.A. school board president Ref Rodriguez are puzzled about why he allegedly engaged in a campaign money-laundering scheme when he could have simply written himself a check. Rodriguez is stepping down from the role of president, but he'll stay on the school board.


Mandan Schools Work to Get All Students IPads

U.S. News

The district has been moving to integrate iPads in classrooms as part of Ignite 2025, a plan for equity to ensure all students have access to technology. The district purchased about 900 devices for Mandan Middle School students last year and 1,000 devices for high school students the year before.


The Design Compass: A Computer Tool for Scaffolding Students' Metacognition and Discussion about their Engineering Design Process

AAAI Conferences

This paper reports on the Design Compass, a classroom tool for helping students record and reflect on their design process as they work on and complete a design challenge. The Design Compass software provides an interface where students can identify and record the various design steps they used while performing them, and add digital notes and pictures to document their work. In the Design Log view, students can review steps taken, and print the record of work done, which can be shared and discussed with their instructor or classmates. The paper describes the concepts underlying the creation of the Design Compass, its features as a metacognitive tool and how it works, and provides scenarios of its use as a teaching and assessment tool with eighth-grade technology education students, and in teacher professional development workshops.


Records: Orlando gunman talked about violence in 3rd grade

Associated Press

For elementary and early middle school, Mateen attended class in neighboring St. Lucie County, where teachers said he was disruptive and struggled academically. Mateen attended high school and part of middle school in Martin County, spending time on three campuses in all, including one alternative facility. After high school, Mateen attended Indian River Community College, graduating in 2006 with a degree in criminal justice technology. The tone of Mateen's Facebook messages made LaSalla uncomfortable, she said, but she never filed a criminal complaint.