“The moon is a planet”— Science education in America

The title of this article comes from a frightening—to American educators—conversation between two TV personalities who were discussing whether the moon was a planet or a star. You certainly don’t need to know solar system facts to sell shirts on TV, but the conversation was another face slap to the deplorable state of math and science education in the United States.

The Earth and Moon offer great topics for science research papers. (Credit: MikkelHH)

The Earth and Moon offer great topics for science research papers. (Credit: MikkelHH)

For good term paper topics, consider writing your research paper about ways to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) studies in the U.S. Read more

International education: Good research paper topics

For your education research paper, consider writing good research paper topics about education in different countries around the world.

Compare American and international education for your research paper. (Credit: Joerg Sarbach/AP Photo)

Compare American and international education for your research paper. (Credit: Joerg Sarbach/AP Photo)

Here are some term paper topics that discuss education in America versus in other countries around the world, international education, study abroad, and education in Japan and Finland. Read more

Trends in Education and Common Core State Standards

Education, teaching and learning techniques are changing and adapting rapidly in the twenty-first century. To find good research paper topics for your term paper, research and discuss some of the exciting trends in elementary school education and higher education.

Examples of how trends in education are changing. (Credit: Total Education)

Examples of how trends in education are changing. (Credit: Total Education)

Such topics include physical activity in classrooms, project-based learning, distance learning and Common Core State Standards. Read more

Issues in education: Research paper topics for your education research paper

Rows and rows of books to help contribute in researching topics.

Rows and rows of books to help contribute in researching topics.

If a career in teaching is in your future you may be interested in research paper topics about the current issues in education. There is no lack of education-related topics from which to choose. Whether you’re interested in technology, psychology, history or the new standards in testing, you’ll be able to tailor your research paper in the direction of your choice. Here are a few ideas and sources to get you started on your education research paper.

Research paper topics

A good place to start sorting out your options for research paper topics is at Questia. Read more

Adult illiteracy focus of National Literacy month – How can you help?

Engraving of a Reader

Engraving of a Reader 

Rates of adult illiteracy in the United States still fall into double digits. Such high statistics will provide food for thought during September when we will celebrate National Literacy Month. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 19% of high school graduates can’t read. What can you do to be part of the solution? Here are a few ideas for celebrating National Literacy Month 2013.

Adult illiteracy

According to the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute of Literacy, 14 percent of U.S. adults can’t read. This percent translates to 32 million people. What’s more, 21 percent of U.S. adults read below a fifth grade level. Worldwide, 774 million people can’t read. More than half, 66 percent, are women. Read more

Going back to school: Top 10 ways to get ahead of the game fall semester

UCLA dorm room (of Hedrick Summit)

UCLA dorm room (of Hedrick Summit)

As the lazy days of summer come to a close, many of you find yourselves heading back to school for fall semester — some of you may actually be setting out for college for the first time! This year, whether it’s your first or your fifth, vow to make a few healthy changes early in the semester to get ahead of the game. Need to know where to start? Just follow these top 10 tips and lay the groundwork for your success.

Tip #1: Don’t procrastinate

Instead of waiting until after classes begin, grab your books early and begin to browse the content. Buying early also allows you to bargain shop, guaranteeing that you get the best prices on those costly textbooks. Read more

Teachers’ domain: Career planning, teaching fellows, achievements and summer internships to set you apart

Professional development In the teachers’ domain, career planning includes the creation of a professional development plan that will set the teacher apart as a professional who moves beyond traditional training. Participation in summer internships, teaching fellows programs and other achievements are an integral part of preparing for the challenges of working in an education system that increasingly holds teachers accountable for the performance of their students. Read more

Is teaching for you? Finding your place and reaching your goals

Is teaching for you?Some college students feel the calling to become a teacher. It’s a noble profession, and in many times in history and in many cultures, the teacher is held in high regard. Luckily, there are many volunteer, internship and student teaching programs, such as Teach for America and AmeriCorps, for college students and graduates to get a taste of the teaching profession and to give back to the community. Read more

Study tips: Lecture capture technology — what to know

A lecture played on a Video iPod, via AV outpu...

A lecture played on a Video iPod, via AV output onto an analog TV screen (Photo credit: Tama Leaver)

Lecture capture technology is an assistive technology in the classroom that allows teachers to record their lectures digitally for future replay. The technology uses screenshot software to record PowerPoint slides and notes or uses webcams to video full lectures and demonstrations. The benefits of this technology include student ability to review missed material and improve study habits; while detractors say it’s just another way for students to learn passively. Read more

Thinking of taking summer classes? Check out these pros and cons before filling up your summer schedule.

summer classesAhhh, March. It comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. You can celebrate the birthday of famed author Dr. Seuss, beware the Ides of March (only if you are Julius Caesar, though), discover your Irish heritage on St. Patrick’s Day, relish in the first official day of spring, and (depending on your university) enjoy some much needed down time during spring break. But college students also need to start thinking about whether to enroll in summer courses — and you need to decide if you want to fill up your summer schedule or kick back and relax. Before you register (or throw your registration packet in the recycle bin), check out a few pros and cons to help you determine if taking summer classes is right for you. Read more