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Superintendent: ‘This is a Revolution. We Will be ‘The Region That Reads’

West Michigan teachers and administrators recently heard the five common practices that lead to success in reading, and many are ready to implement those findings to a whole new level at their own schools. Dig deeper into data. "Own" every...

Read Any Good Books Lately? These Students Have

So you think today’s teenagers aren’t into reading? Talk to Bill Foster. He loves books – real books, made of paper and ink – and the fascinating realms they contain. “I love the fact you can just take yourself into...

Ruff Reader Dogs Bolster Student Confidence

Mollie gently sidles up to Wyoming Public School's West Elementary third-grader Riley Doggett, who's sitting on a comfy beanbag cushion. Riley starts to read out loud a biography about Davy Crockett. Before he finishes the first paragraph, Mollie gingerly begins...

Why Are Some Schools High Achievers in Reading?

At Sunfield Elementary in Lakewood Public Schools, students read while waiting in line for the bathroom. At North Godwin Elementary in Godwin Heights, kindergartners practice memorizing more words by sight than at most other schools. At Byron Center's Brown...

Cans of Food Become Votes for Favorite Books

“Bud, Not Buddy” prevailed in the first round. “Charlotte’s Web” defeated “The One and Only Ivan.” In a shocker, “The Cat in the Hat” failed to advance. But the “I Survived” series survived the competition by piling up a...

Together, Parents & Teachers Foster Good Readers

With a red crayon, Sydney O'Keefe, 4, colored on white paper over a cardboard "D." The letter magically appeared bright and bold. While Sydney had fun with literacy activities, her mother, Nicole O'Keefe, talked about ways she works with Sydney...

Math, Fun? With Creative Teaching and Baseball, Anything’s Possible

Editor's Note: At Recess is an occasional humor column that takes a lighter look at schools and education. Funny things sometimes happen when you work with kids -- or adults! The views expressed represent only the views of the writer and...

Good Math Skills a Must for Good Jobs, Employers Say

Editor's note: Making Math Add Up is a series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success. A series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods...

Common Core Math Changes Focus to Real Life Scenarios

Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success. Common Core is going to bring big changes to the way school math...

Adding a Coach, Studying Data Successful In Improving Math Grades

Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success. Students at Thornapple Kellogg Middle School have been doing better at math this...

Teacher, Math Team Create Buzz of Excitement at Lakeside Elementary

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success. While his 44-student third-grade math team sat with fingers crossed, Lakeside Elementary teacher...

Math Success Rates Jump in Comstock Park

Editor's note: This is the second in a series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success. Comstock Park High School Algebra 2 teacher Dave Staublin sketched a plain cylinder...

What’s the Problem with Math? Series to Show Kent Teachers Seeking Answers

Editor's note: Teachers have strived for years to improve the math performance of American students, who consistently test below the average of other developed countries. This week, School News Network begins a multipart series on why so many area...
Eli Howland, left, helps Brooke Derosia do an exercise using geometric shapes

Students Get Math by Getting Together

The first thing you notice about Andrew Smith's math class is that he isn't teaching it. Yet his students seem to be learning a lot. The Beach Elementary second-graders are scattered into half a dozen small groups, intently doing math...
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