Sarah Penner

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Here's how US classrooms compare to schools in 30 countries around the world

With the right teacher, any classroom - be it a boat in Brazil or a park in Pakistan - can change a child's life.<p>World Teachers' Day, a UNESCO initiative highlighting the work of educators teaching children amid intimidation and poverty, is coming up on October 5.<p>Thanks to international efforts, …

Parent groups want bigger voice in schools

<b>Fewer than a fifth (18%) of parents in England think the government listens to them about their children's education, suggests research.</b><p>And only a third (33%) of 1,000 parents polled for the parent teacher umbrella group, PTA UK, said they understood government changes to education.<p>PTA UK wants the …

Fundraising

How London's Inner City Schools Are Setting A New Gold Standard

New data from SchoolDash reveals London's inner city schools are thriving.<p>According to new visual data pulled from a U.K.-based research group called SchoolDash, inner city schools in London are outperforming schools in other regions of England despite having more low-income students, larger class …

A London school has banned all technology

Pupils aren't even allowed gadgets on holidays and parents have to commit to curtailing its use at home as well<p>An independent school in London has banned all types of technological devices – including smartphones, computers and televisions – and pupils aren’t allowed to use them even on …

Designing schools to meet children’s needs

As we approach a primary school in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, we see it surrounded by a neat garden and enclosed by brightly painted walls. Its …

Pioneering Use of Technology Transforms Teaching in New York Schools

During a trip to the remote 3,000-person village of Kotzebue, Alaska early this month, President Barack Obama chose to highlight the need for access to technology for students. The President noted that unfortunately, fewer than 40% of America's schools are able to effectively access the Internet …

This Khmer Rouge Survivor Sells Backpacks to Fund New Schools in Cambodia

This is a story about a man named Koky Saly. A pretty incredible man with a story that needs to be told. It's a story about overcoming obstacles, the kinds of which most of us will not even face in this lifetime.<p>From 1975-1979 the Khmer Rouge regime systematically claimed the lives of 2 million …

Floating schools help buoy up Bangladesh's remote communities | Anna Ridout and Simon Tisdall

In the rural areas of Bangladesh, where 70% of inhabitants live below the poverty line, accessing education, healthcare and employment can be tough<p>“I saw dolphins on my way to school this morning,” says 10-year-old Runa before her lesson on Bangladesh’s liberation war. She gets a lift to school in …

Investigating Authentic Questions

Students are hungry for learning that matters. <b>Project based learning</b> has students involved in explaining their answers to real-life questions or …

Pedagogy

Why Reading Comprehension in the Content Areas is so Important

English teachers are skilled instructors of reading comprehension—a nebulous concept that requires several moving parts. Reading comprehension …

Carol Dweck Revisits the 'Growth Mindset'

Commentary<p>For many years, I secretly worked on my research. I say “secretly” because, once upon a time, researchers simply published their research …

Pedagogy

Back to School: Making the Most of the Common Core

This fall, as they head back to school, many students face new, higher academic standards for the first time, in the form of the Common Core State Standards or similar ones. While these standards have promise to raise academic achievement, they also pose difficult challenges. If not addressed, …

Education

This school has banned all technology in the classroom—and at home

The next time your kid complains about your draconian 30-minute iPad limit, try this one on them: there is a school in London where all internet, TV, smartphones, and other tech devices are banned until at least age 12. (Pause, wait for gasps.)<p>The charter of the Acorn School, founded in 2013, …

Learning the lost art of cursive writing

With a pencil still in hand, eight-year-old Mitchell Cait-Goldenthal takes a break from the handwriting exercise he’s working on to explain why it’s important to have good penmanship.<p>“When you’re older, if your writing is sloppy for something really important – like if you’re playing Major League …

Differentiation is out. Mastery is the new classroom buzzword

A dose of eastern-inspired mastery has entered schools. Roy Blatchford discusses the new approach and how could it affect learning<p>Schools will witness a shift in jargon this year. Differentiation is out. Mastery is in. Mark my words.<p>In his memoir, An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Education, former …

Banned Books

<i>Are you reading something you shouldn’t? Says who? A new photo series by photojournalist Kimberly Butler reveals how to see these #BannedBooks in a new light.</i><p>The genesis of an idea. As this project started to take shape, people began asking, “How did you come up with this idea?” I never really gave …

Free-eBooks.net Launches New Apple App

Paradise Publishers Inc. has announced the launch of their completely new iOS app for their website, Free-eBooks.net. Apple users can choose from …

7 good reads now out in paperback

Lit Life<p>The paperback reissue of a book I’ve read and loved is like revisiting a greatest hit on my literary playlist. I tell myself, “Let’s read it …

How Reading Fiction Books Can Change You in a Major Way

Who we are, what we do and what we can do, is largely determined by how well our minds and our brains function.<p>Our interests, the habits we form and …