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What Teachers Can Do When Parents Ask Unethical Questions - Student Research Foundation

What Teachers Can Do When Parents Ask Unethical Questions

Sometimes parents ask teachers to stretch ethical boundaries in ways that seem “small,” like this . . .

“My daughter has never gotten a B on a science test, and you just gave her one,” a mother told a teacher during a tense phone call. “I want you to let her retake the exam, but first I want you to go over the questions she got wrong.”

And sometimes parents make demands that are clearly unethical, like this . . .

“You gave my son a C in physics last term,” a father told a high school teacher. “How did that compare to the median grade you gave to all the students in the class? I want you to increase it to a B.” Read more

What Motivates Your Students to Learn - Student Research Foundation

Do You Know What Motivates Your Students to Learn?

If you’re a teacher, do you know what is going on in the minds of your students? What motivates them to learn? As you know, some students are extremely motivated to learn, while others are only concerned with earning a passing grade. What is going on? Read more

How to Be a More Creative Teacher - Student Research Foundation

Big Ideas from TeachThought.com on How to Be a More Creative Teacher

As a high school teacher, you are devoting time and energy to your professional development. But are you also striving to become a more creative teacher?

We recently found a new post, “101 Ways for Teachers to Be More Creative” that was published on July 31, 2019 on the TeachThought blog. This post really does offer 101 suggestions for how teachers can become more creative. Read more

Stay in Touch with Students Who Have Left for College - Student Research Foundation

The Best Ways for High School Teachers to Stay in Touch with Students

It’s only natural for high school teachers to feel a special affection for former students, and to feel a sense of loss when they leave for college.

As educator Jill Eulberg writes on the Hey Teach blog:

“Spending as much time as we do together, our classes can bond like families, and students can start to feel like our own kids. But when it comes time for them to move on to the next grade, the next school, or the next step in their lives, it can be hard to know the best way to stay in touch with students.” Read more

Color Calculators Help All Students Better Visualize Math Concepts - A project funded by Student Research Foundation

Color Calculators Help All Students Better Visualize Math Concepts

Graphing calculators help most all high school students visualize math concepts and the results of their work. But if those students have learning disabilities, graphing calculators with vibrant color displays are even more effective at making math come to life. Read more

Caring Donors Give Students in Chicago a Novel they Can Relate to - a project supported by the Student Research Foundation

Caring Donors Give Students in Chicago a Novel they Can Relate to

“I teach mainly high school freshmen in an urban inner-city environment on the South Side of Chicago,” writes Mr. Lothspeich, a 9th-grade teacher at Chicago Vocational Career Academy,in
Chicago, IL who is committed to his students. “Despite their daily struggles outside of school, my students are funny, hard-working, and intuitive kids. In my class, the students often write about their life experiences, using both their struggles and triumphs to weave together a classroom narrative of life on the South Side. The work that we do in my classroom is expressive and introspective, encouraging students to explore their identities and reflect on what makes them who they are, both as individuals and a class.” Read more

Robot Teaches Students Real-World Programming Skills a project funded by the Student Research Foundation

Robot Teaches Students Real-World Programming Skills

Ms. Gresham’s Classroom Robot Teaches Her Students Real-World Programming Skills

Students in Ms. Gresham’s George Ranch High School classroom in Richmond, Texas were eagerly learning computer programming skills. But Ms. Gresham, who is eager to provide her students with the best STEM learning experiences possible, wanted something more – an expandable robot, able to move and equipped with sensors, that her students could program to interact with its environment. So she chose to apply on DonorsChoose.org for funding to buy a smart robot car for her classroom. Read more

Students Learn Business and Life Skills by Operating a School Store thanks to the support from the Student Research Foundation

Students Learn Business and Life Skills by Operating a School Store

Running a store offers a great opportunity to learn practical business skills like budgeting, not to mention “soft” business skills like responsibility and dealing with the public. Read more

STEM and Creativity Connect in Mrs. Catalone’s Classroom thanks to a donation by the Student Research Foundation

STEM and Creativity Connect in Mrs. Catalone’s Classroom

Art is art, STEM is STEM, and the two don’t really connect, correct? No, incorrect, because art and technology come together when students study computer graphics! Read more

Food Service Studies and Careers a classroom project funded by Student Research Foundation

Students Pursue Food Service Studies and Careers

About 140 students are enrolled in classes in Mrs. Niles’s 11th-grade food lab, at Orville H Platt High School Meriden, CT, learning the basics of safe food preparation and handling. “Giving our student a chance to work in hands-on food labs exposes them to many possible career options in the culinary industry,” she explains, “as well as careers in food sciences, and health and nutrition fields.” Read more