Glasses, gangs, and robots—here’s what you might have missed this week on student engagement and school climate:
1. “Where are the red flags for the student who sits quietly, answers when spoken to, and politely zones out?”
—Sarah D. Sparks, on the Inside School Research blog, on a study about how a student’s good behavior does not necessarily reflect engagement
2. “In the most basic way, the family benefits more from her work on the farm now, and eventually, marriage, than her success in school.”
—Johan Rocha, in the Lessons From China Blog, on how she stopped underestimating the need for a good set of eyeglasses
3. “The gang members and the violent men were found to be particularly prone to mental disorders and more likely to access psychiatric services.”
—BBC News, on how gang violence can cause high levels of mental disorders, especially because of post-traumatic stress disorder
4. “It’s tough to argue that keeping assault weapons away from at-risk youth is unsound policy.”
—James Hamblin, for The Atlantic, summarizing a study of causes of death among adolescents in the United States
5. “What exists now all too often is the failure of teachers to give students any grade below an A, or at worst a B, out of fear of destroying their students’ delicate egos.”
—Walt Gardner, in his Reality Check Blog, on the importance of giving students good, honest feedback
6. “Other research teams have programmed the robot for such applications as elder care, providing reminders to take medications and demonstrating yoga poses; leading a classroom game to teach students multiplication tables; and, in one Milan hospital, serving as a companion to children with diabetes.”
—Sophie Egan, in The New York Times Well Blog, on how a robot is helping children cope with fear of vaccination shots. (It’s a stretch, but hey, adorable robot.)
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A version of this news article first appeared in the Rules for Engagement blog.