• Charm aside, Almo school is 21st Century

    By Laurie Welch
    The Times-News

    ALMO, Idaho — When the bell announcing the end of recess rings at Almo Elementary School, it’s done by pulling a long white rope dangling from the ceiling in front of the main entrance.

    In many ways going to the K-3 school is like stepping back decades. The school will be 100 years old in 2016. It was built in 1916 after the original red-brick building burned down.

  • Dear Teacher - Nov. 29. 2015

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My second-grader gets all tense and often louses up on timed tests in math. Is this type of test really the best way for him to learn basic facts? — All Timed Out

  • Students of the month - Nov. 29, 2015
  • Mississippi teacher sees each of her students as a gift

    By Austin Vining
    The Vicksburg Post

    VICKSBURG, Miss. — Vicksburg Intermediate School teacher LouAnn Fitzgerald had two driving forces that led to her 15-year career in education.

    When she was still in school, Fitzgerald had two very different types of teachers, which served as examples for how she might one day lead a classroom of her own.

    “I had one teacher, a science teacher, who really made learning fun,” she said. “It was not just rote work and paperwork, but there were a lot of activities and experiments.”

  • Students of the month - Nov. 27, 2015
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  • Dear Teacher - Nov. 22, 2015

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: When I hear my child in fifth grade read aloud, she hesitates a lot, backtracks and reads slowly. Fortunately, the teacher does not call on her often, so she is not embarrassed by her stumbling reading. Are there any easy ways to help her? — Want to Help

  • 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