Introducing 21rst century classrooms into our already existing school infrastructure is a challenge that school leaders including principals, assistant principals, school business managers and edtech professionals are facing today.
Whether you expanding or renovating school, are in the midst of school construction or are planning a new school, you will face many challenges including space, logistics, planning and of course, budget constraints. How can you relieve the stress, design and succeed while keeping to your plans and budget? Watch this 1 minute video!
Guest Post by Ember Reichgott Junge
What a fun interview with Bob Bowdon of Choice Media TV, in New York City! We talked chartering and education issues from the 1990s to now, and he even included a 1997 C-Span clip of my presentation to President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. I was in New York to participate in the Writer’s Digest conference, where my book, Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story was recognized as the 2013 Grand Prize Winner of the Self-Published Book Awards. Whether you are a long-time veteran in chartering and education or just curious to learn more, I think you’ll find this a fun conversation!
Video blogger Mor Rossler discusses play based learning. Learning through play has become the goal of many early childhood centers. The idea is that a child learns about the world around them, societal norms, the basics of problem solving, math skills and language skills best through play. Does it work? Watch the video and learn more!
What experiences have you had with play based learning? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Is there a place in our schools for teaching our students wellness and fitness? While physical education classes have always been a part of our education system, is there a place for developing and strengthening a health education curriculum that encourages students to live a healthy and responsible lifestyle? Watch the video and share your thoughts!
Hertz Furniture video blogger Mor Rossler discusses class size and how it affects students. Recently, schools have been trying to reduce the amount of students in each classroom. Is this to our student’s benefit? Would resources be better spent on teacher resources and the quality of our teachers? Does class size affect academic success?
Watch the video and learn more!
Video blogger Mor Rossler discusses the benefits and consequences of learning a second language. Learning a second language is not nationally mandated but many elementary and high schools require it.
Is there value in acquiring a second language? Learning a second language helps with listening and memory skills as well as to hold a firm grasp on their first language acquired. On the other hand, it may be nice to know a second language but should we spend our time and money on extras when we could be investing in core subjects that are required for our students to get into college?
School Matters Video Blogger Mor Rossler explores the school uniform debate. Are school uniforms and/ or school dress codes beneficial to students, teachers and educational institutions? Some claim that school uniforms lead to better discipline and better focus on academics in schools. Watch the video and learn more about this important topic!
What has been your experience with school uniforms?
Should teachers serve primarily as presenters of predetermined material or facilitators of student-initiated learning? Hertz Furniture video blogger Mor Rossler compares the strengths and weaknesses of inquiry-based learning and direct learning; watch the video to learn more about this fundamental pedagogical issue. What has been your experience with these two modes of classroom learning? Please share your thoughts with us!