Jenny Deenik, a biology teacher at Souhegan High School, reflects on her work with New Hampshire’s pilot Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) program in an interview with Ed Week–and how integrated assessments have helped students feel more engaged, while providing teachers with real-time feedback on student performance.
Anxiety can be a massive roadblock for all types of learners. The moment anxiety hits and the body is flooded with cortisol, students’ brains shut down: many will experience self-defeating thoughts, lose their ability to be empathetic, and have poor self-regulation skills, according to behavioral analyst and special educator Jessica Minihan. How […]
Concord High School’s media literacy class students have one complaint: they can’t watch a movie or television show without analyzing it. That’s the goal, according to the school’s English department–to teach students to question the media they engage with and become more informed media consumers, according to the Concord Monitor.
The “egg-drop” challenge is a classic science project–students use egg containers, straws, or other materials to build a case that doesn’t let an egg break if it’s dropped. But with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the classic is transformed into something more dynamic: students design a spacecraft capsule and construct […]
The classroom itself can have a big impact on learning. Whether it’s to accommodate a project that students are working on or easy access to tech tools, learning spaces can help encourage creativity, collaboration, and communication. What would your ideal classroom look like? Would it be outdoors? Have couches?
New Hampshire’s performance assessment model uses locally-developed assessments and requires students to show what they know by applying lessons to real world situations. This method fosters deeper learning and lasting retention of information. What does that look like? Check out this video to see a real performance assessment in action, from Edutopia:
7 out of 10 schools across New Hampshire use the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to teach their students about science. This great NGSS infographic from Ed Week shows just how a second grade lesson on the properties of matter uses critical thinking and engineering principles to demonstrate buoyancy:
What students think and why sets a foundation for deeper learning, where students are engaged, challenged, and curious.
When students are allowed to have a real stake in their education and learning environment, great things happen. That’s what happened at Parker Varney Elementary School in Manchester, where third graders presented their class project on improving the school meal program to City officials, reported NHPR. As a result, the school’s […]
The benefits of reflection and goal-setting that student-led conferences provide valuable skills that go beyond the classroom.