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EdChat News Tuesday, April 3 Students, Self-paced learning, Mental health & more…

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  • At the session, Franklin, KY, middle school math teacher Natalie McCutchen showed us how she has converted her pre-algebra class to a completely self-paced system, where students work on different skills at their own pace, and how shes gradually introducing self-paced learning in her other math classes as well.
  • Itincludes each learning target, the pre-test question or questions that align with that target, the lessons students should watch or read to learn about that target, the practice problems that match up with that target, and the assessment question or questions for that target.
  • If this student missed question 2 on the pre-test, she shoulddo Lesson 2.4 on pages 102-104 and may need to do Skills Practice 2.4 on pages 403-406 in preparation for the assessment for that learning target, which is item 2a on page 38.
  • Students have access to the answers for all of the practice questions, so Natalie does not need to check these; its up to the student to do the practice problems, then self-check them to see if theyre getting the skill down.
  • Step 3: Create the Chapter Guide – – Following the model shown above, set up a guide that shows which assessment question aligns with each learning target, then lists book or video lessons students can follow to learn each skill, exercises that will give students independent practice with theskill, and…

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  • In spring 2017, nearly 40% of college students said they had felt so depressed in the prior year that it was difficult for them to function, and 61% of students said they had felt overwhelming anxiety in the same time period, according to an American College Health Association survey of…
  • At the start of every school year, Anne Marie Albano, director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD), says shes inundated with texts and phone calls from students who struggle with the transition to college life.
  • A spokesperson for Rensselaer says the universitys counseling center launched a triage model last year in an effort to eliminate long wait times caused by rising demand, assigning a clinician to provide same-day care to students presenting signs of distress and coordinate appropriate follow-up treatment based on the students needs….
  • Counselors point out that college students tend to have better access to mental health care than the average adult because counseling centers are close to where they live, and appointments are available at little to no cost.
  • But without enough funding to meet the rising demand, many students are still left without the treatment they need, says Ben Locke, Penn States counseling director and head of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health.

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  • To give you a sampling of the kinds of solutions youll find in this series, were going to look at one idea from each book: Nine simple ideas that can have a big impact on student learning at your school.
  • The Solution: Dedicate a wall in your classroom as an Inspiration Board, a place where students can place images, quotes, rough ideas, the opening lines of a story theyre thinking of writing, anything that inspires them or shows fragments of inspiration.
  • From Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School – – The Problem: Traditional grade books provide a very limited picture of astudents progress, and students have no ownership oftracking their growth.
  • The Solution:Have students keep a recordof their own progress in a transparent spacea Google doc, for examplewhere the student, teacher, and parents can view it any time.
  • From Hacking Literacy: 5 Ways to Turn Any Classroom into a Culture of Readers – – The Problem: Students need to be reading for pleasure, but your classroom doesnt have enough books, and you cant afford to buy any more.

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