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Education

  • Teacher challenges high school students

    By Stacey Becker
    Telegraph Herald

    DUBUQUE, Iowa — Natalie Schira paces near student desks as her young charges ponder truth.

    A Wahlert Catholic High School teacher, 26-year-old Schira encouraged sophomore honors English students to use a writing assignment to explore the concept of truth.

    The tapping of fingers on keyboards intermingles with the click-clacking of Schira’s heels. Students softly discuss assignment details.

  • HU reading group tackles higher education issues

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Trends and issues in higher education are the focus of a new Big Ideas Reading Group at Highlands University.

    The reading group is a joint initiative of the Office of the President and the Faculty Senate.

  • Dear Teacher - Nov. 15, 2015

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: I think it is very unusual, but direct spelling instruction ends after third grade in my son’s school. Spelling errors on the students’ work in fourth grade is circled, and they are expected to correct all errors. Surprisingly, this seems to be working for my son, who is a fairly good speller. Nevertheless, aren’t there advantages to continuing formal instruction at this level? — Very Surprised

  • Meeting with Students
  • Dear Teacher - Nov. 8, 2015

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My child has had an IEP throughout elementary and high school. Are there any colleges that really will help students with learning disabilities? — Searching

    Answer: The transition from high school to college is big; however, the additional stress can be overwhelming for a student with learning differences.

  • School creates collaborative environment for students

    LARAMIE, Wyo. — Harmony Elementary School lives up to its name.

    Located about 20 miles from Laramie, just off Wyoming Highway 230, the school is home to a small, close-knit community of four teachers and about two dozen students.

    The location offers a scenic view; the Snowy Range serves as a backdrop to the west, and golden eagles can often be spotted just a short distance away.

  • Students of the month - Nov. 1, 2015
  • Dear Teacher - Nov. 1, 2015

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: How can I help my son who is in pre-kindergarten get ready to read? — Preparation Needed
    Answer: There are definitely many things that you can do to get your child ready to read. Here is a checklist from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for parents of preschoolers that you can use to see if you are doing all the necessary things for getting your child on the path to becoming a reader:

  • Students of the month - Oct. 25, 2015
  • Dear Teacher - Oct. 25. 2015

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My sixth-grader, who just started middle school, brought home a report card loaded with C grades last week. In elementary school, she always got A’s and B’s. I’m quite disappointed, and she is very upset. How can this be turned around? ­— Disappointed