Bring real-world tools to the math classroom with spreadsheets
Despite being the primary technology used in mathematics education, the only people who still use graphing calculators regularly in their workplace are math teachers. DA guest columnist Jack Marley-Payne says spreadsheets are a better way to learn math.
Fact or fiction? Media literacy in 2020
DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Susan Brooks-Young says the surge in the deliberate use of misinformation reveals Americans’ limited abilities as effective consumers of media. She offers several ways to help teachers and students find the truth in what they see.
How to make changes that are proactive—and lasting
Transformational leadership means much more than making simple tweaks to the way you've always done things, says DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Lorrie Owens. It also means changing how stakeholders think and feel about doing those things.
Crafting a class brand
As a teacher, I didn’t want my class to be known as “Mr. Vincent’s Fifth Grade.” Rather than making myself the focus, I set out to give my students ownership over our collective brand, says guest columnist Tony Vincent, an educator who lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and a featured speaker at DA’s FETC 2020.
The school’s role in fighting alcohol abuse
Many parents are rightly concerned about the possibility that their children may one day abuse alcohol. A parent can be proactive by getting involved in alcohol abuse prevention efforts at their child’s school, says guest columnist C. Kevin Synnott, a professor at Eastern Connecticut State University.
Makerspace, hackerspace or fablab? What’s in a name?
In the past decade, the terms makerspace, hackerspace and fablab have appeared on the horizon. These are new names for what people have always done—come together to fix things, make new things and learn from each other, says DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Sylvia Martinez, who is co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom.