Why We Should Stop Grading Students on a Curve… and more in this week’s news roundup!

Why We Should Stop Grading Students on a Curve
(NY Times)
The goal is to fight grade inflation, but the forced curve suffers from two serious flaws. It arbitrarily limits the number of students who can excel.

Getting Restless At The Head Of The Class
Every classroom has a few overachievers who perform above their grade level and don’t feel challenged by the status quo. A new report suggests they are surprisingly common — in some cases, nearly half of all students in a given grade.

What Teachers Should Know About ADHD & ASD
Teachers are critical in helping children affected by ASD or ADHD, as they are positioned to communicate with parents/caregivers and practice appropriate classroom intervention.

How to Do a Better Job of Searching for Diversity
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
In the often subjective faculty-search process, some colleges are taking new steps to bring a wider spectrum of candidates to the table.

Special Series: 50 great teachers
A collection of articles on teacher stories and successes.

SEL Is Good Teaching
Research in the field of SEL has proven what effective educators already knew and had been doing all along: social and emotional skills have an important role in learning.

Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup
In this collection of tools and advice from Edutopia and the web, find resources to help you adjust instruction in response to diverse learner needs and interests.

The Importance of Content Curation, and Tips for Teachers and Students
(Learning Scientists)
This post discusses the importance of content curation and then provides 22 tips for teachers to help them teach content curation (and develop their own good habits).

Strategies for Students With Scattered Minds
Teachers can help students strengthen their brain’s executive function with “workouts” in which they practice pausing, prioritizing, improving their working memory, and mapping their options.

Frustration. Burnout. Attrition. It’s Time To Address The National Teacher Shortage
The good news: There’s an uptick in the hiring of new teachers since the pink-slip frenzy in the wake of the Great Recession. The bad news: The new hiring hasn’t made up for the teacher shortfall.

Why Punishment Won’t Stop a Bully
(Education Week)
Punitive discipline for bullies can be counterproductive.

Homework: ‘A sin against childhood’ or a useful way to learn?

Homework is now a staple of the education system, but about a century ago, it was considered by influential psychologists and public intellectuals to be “a sin against childhood”…

For Teachers, Election 2016 Is a Fraught Subject

Many educators across the country, who say they are struggling with how to teach an election cycle that has inflamed racial and ethnic tensions, sparked name-calling.

When Teenagers Bristle at ‘How Was School?’
(New York Times)

“How was school today?” If your house is like mine, the conversation will go something like this: “What did you do?” In reality, few days are entirely fine, and none are entirely empty.

A Telling Experiment Reveals a Big Problem Among College Students: They Don’t Know How to Study.
(Washington Post)
Why do kids drop out of college? Yes, some can’t afford to keep going with skyrocketing tuition costs. But as cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham explains in this piece, there are other reasons.

For Kids, Anxiety About School Can Feel Like ‘Being Chased By A Lion’
Every morning, Mia and Chris tape a red or a green piece of paper to their front door. It’s a signal for their son’s bus driver. Green, pick him up. Red, keep driving. On this morning, at 6, it’s not looking good.

About the Author

Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda comes to APA as a recent graduate of the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. During her time at GW, Amanda studied global health, focusing on the challenges facing mental health in low-and middle-income countries. She received her undergraduate degree in marketing from Emerson College in Boston, Mass. In her free time, Amanda loves pyrography and collecting/learning about mid-century modern furniture.