• Fidget toys aren’t just hype

    By Katherine Isbister
    University of California, Santa Cruz

    The fidget spinner craze has been sweeping elementary and middle schools. As of May 17 every one of the top 10 best-selling toys on Amazon was a form of the hand-held toy people can spin and do tricks with. Kids and parents are even making them for themselves using 3D printers and other more homespun crafting techniques.

  • Dear Teacher - May 21, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: I am very proud of my middle school and high school children’s academic achievements. They score off the charts on standardized tests. Is this high level of achievement likely to continue when they are adults? — High Achievers

  • Students of the month - May 14, 2017
  • Schools transforming deserts with gardens

    By Camalot Todd
    Las Vegas Sun

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — It started when two documentary filmmakers, Ciara Byrne and Kim MacQuarrie, launched Green Our Planet, a crowdfunding platform based in Las Vegas but aimed at supporting projects anywhere in the world — from replanting some of Peru’s native Quena forest in the Andes to installing solar panels on a homeless shelter in Carson City.

    It gave rise to the largest school garden program in the country.

  • Dear Teacher - May 14, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Question: What should 3- and 5-year-olds know about reading? — Very Curious

    Answer: Reading is knowing sounds and putting the sounds together to make words. And finally to complete the reading process, the reader must understand the meaning of the printed words. Children actually begin to learn to read at home.

    It is the playing, talking and reading to them that their caregivers do that prepares them to become good readers.

  • Students of the month - May 10, 2017
  • HU’s Alma García follows dream to pharmacy school

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Alma García is headed to doctor of pharmacy school to pursue her childhood dream.

    “New Mexico is one of only a few states that offer pharmacy clinician licensure, making it possible to prescribe medications,” García said. “My goal is to obtain this licensure and work one-on-one with physicians in a hospital setting to develop treatment plans for patients.”

  • Students of the month - May 7, 2017
  • Dear Teacher - May 7, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Is your child’s IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) up-to-date? Parents need to be sure that the IEP is meeting their children’s special needs. — Special Ed Teacher

  • Puerto Rico to close 184 public schools

    By Danica Coto
    The Associated Press

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico is closing 184 public schools in a move expected to save millions of dollars amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus to the U.S. mainland in the past decade, officials said Friday.

    An estimated 27,000 students will be moved elsewhere when their schools close at the end of May, Education Department spokeswoman Yolanda Rosaly told The Associated Press.