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Science Learning in California Middle Schools



Middle school science students across the state of California
seem to be overwhelmingly uninterested in the subject of science.
Proper science equipment, access to labs, teachers prepared for science instruction, and time set aside for science lessons would lead one to think that students learning in this environment would retain proper science comprehension…correct?
Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case with California students in middle and intermediate schools across the state, according to The Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning at West Ed.
This paradox is likely the result of ill-prepared students, not necessarily from the ill-preparation of their middle school science instructors, but rather ill-preparation stemming from lack of proper science instruction & funding in elementary schools. A domino effect seems to be at full-force in this situation, as lack of science instruction throughout elementary school years has stemmed an overwhelming lack of interest in the subject with middle schools students and beyond. This lack of interest from the students is having an impact upon the teachers’ ability to convey information effectively.
Moreover, although middle & intermediate school science teachers may have the knowledge-base needed to properly instruct students, almost 25% percent of them are not credentialed in science instruction. Opportunities for teachers to continue their education in the ever-changing field of science are urged, based on the results of the research.
Luckily, the YouthTeach2Learn program at Project Tomorrow is working to combat this trend. YouthTeach2Learn allows the opportunity for high school students interested in teaching careers to instruct elementary school students on subjects in math & science. Hands-on and experiential learning is urged, and, as a result, a spark in interest in math and science is ignited at a young age.
To learn more about the YouthTeach2Learn program & Project Tomorrow, please visit our website here.
To read more about The Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning at West Ed’s research on this topic, click here.
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– The Project Tomorrow Team

Virtual K-12 Education

Is Virtual K-12 Schooling the Way of the Future? 
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We have all heard by now of the possibilities of online higher education degrees, but what about online education for K-12 students?
 
One school in particular, Hoosier Academies, the largest virtual public school in Indiana, is doing just that.
 
Students at Hoosier Academies attend classes online, and can learn from just about anywhere. The days where elementary education is confined to a four-wall classroom are no longer the end-all, be-all route to K-12 education in the US.
 
What benefits does online K-12 education bring? The answers are as diverse as the educational needs of each student, but for many students who may need lessons repeated for proper understanding & comprehension, online classrooms can offer a beneficial alternative to traditional schooling. Additionally, online classes can be a suitable fit for students who become easily distracted by the noises/sounds of a packed classroom, & can also meet the needs of students with learning disabilities more effectively than can traditional classrooms.
 
To learn more about Hoosier Academies, visit their website, or read an article highlighting this school in the South Bend Tribune here.
 
What are your thoughts on online K-12 education?
 
Feel free to share your comments with us below.

-The Project Tomorrow Team