Why is creating a sense of empathy for students important? How does it influence their creativity, decision-making, and engagement with others? In the Mindshift article “Why Empathy Holds the Key to 21st Century Learning,” writer Thom Markham illustrates several reasons why empathy should be an integral piece of education and why it matters so much right now.
Wish I’d thought of this. Read this Foodbeast.com article about college students’ prize-winning plan to have underused post offices serve as food hubs in areas where fresh food is scarce.
Check out “The Next Big Blue-Collar Job is Coding” from Wired.com. Where can kids learn it? Who can teach it? Does it provide job security?
Focusing on the central question, “Does the average person, once they leave school, spend a lot of time composing academic essays?” English teacher Shelley Wright posits a mindshift is needed for allowing students to better show what they are learning.
While she teaches traditional writing styles of voice, theme, thesis, and proper formatting, she noticed that her students had trouble transferring those skills after they graduated. After pondering the issue for years, she began showing her students the power of blogging. Blogging, she believes is the new persuasive essay and students are able to better grasp the relevance of persuading their audience and most importantly finding a writing voice that will take them further in the future.
Featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s excellent series, This is High School, “Austin’s English paper” illustrates the challenges students with Autism face as they try to build social connections.