April 25th, 2012
03:15 PM ET

National Teacher of the Year's "business model"

2012 Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki shares how she used lessons from her business background in the classroom.

Watch part two of the interview:

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April 25th, 2012
02:00 PM ET

Today's Reading List

Here's what the editors of Schools of Thought are reading today:

CBS4 Denver: Bill Would Give Tax Break On School Supplies
The average American family spends an estimated $500 to $600 a year on school supplies and children's clothing. The Colorado legislature is considering a bill that would waive taxes on school supplies and clothing for three days in August, a waiver that already exists in about 16 other states.

CBS Philly: Philadelphia School District Could Close 40 Schools Next Year
Philadelphia's school district says its budget deficit could balloon to more than a billion dollars in the next five years if it doesn't take some drastic action. The district is looking at closing dozens of schools and trimming hundreds of positions from its central office staff.

NPR: Can A Computer Grade Essays As Well As A Human? Maybe Even Better, Study Says
A new study suggests that computer software may be able to grade essays more consistently and faster than humans – if the grades are based on language mechanics. What the software doesn't check for is facts, and it has a hard time with poetry and highly stylized writing.

CBSChicago: ‘Flipped Classroom’ Getting A Tryout At Suburban High Schools
In a flipped classroom in Chicago, students are watching 20 minute lectures at home. Then the students work on assignments in class.

Nanny.net: 10 Ways to Teach Young Kids to Write Computer Programs
Computer programming skills could help children gain the analytical skills to solve complex problems. The author offers up ten ways to teach young kids, even as young as 7, to learn programming.

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When senioritis strikes
April 25th, 2012
06:40 AM ET

When senioritis strikes

by Carl Azuz, CNN

(CNN) Second semester, senior year of high school:  Senioritis hits like the flu.  Students’ hard work either has or hasn’t paid off by this point; many have been accepted into universities, and some have secured scholarship money to help pay for higher education.  Others are eyeing trade schools, planning to enter the full-time workforce…and concentrating on anything but schoolwork.

The symptoms are lack of motivation, disinterest in classes, withdrawal from extracurricular activities, and general apathy regarding anything but the people they’re dating.  According to a student at New Jersey’s Madison High School, the causes and conditions don’t have favorites.  “Let me assure you,” the writer says, “true senioritis applies only to those two-hundred-plus members of the Class of 2012 who have entered into the home stretch.”

There’s some comfort in knowing that others are going through it, too.  But the fact that they are is part of the problem, according to an eHow article on fending off senioritis.  Having someone to motivate an affected student – a friend, a teacher, a sibling – can help keep the student focused on school when he’s distracted with everything but.

The article also goes on to suggest planning coursework in advance, avoiding procrastination (a tall order for most), and saving the slacking for the weekend – all helpful tips in powering through the last part of senior year.

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