How some teachers are gaming the education system

One might consider golf a silly sport. In simple terms, golfers get up early to hit tiny balls with big-headed sticks, then chase them long distances only to hit them again. They don’t develop speed, strength or agility. Mostly, they just walk and talk.

When you put it that way, golf sounds absurd. And yet, the National Golf Foundation estimates that nearly 40 million Americans played it in 2020. The reason: Golf is a brilliant game, argues Shawn Young, a former high school science teacher in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Young offers three reasons why. First, there’s an objective; golfers count their strokes and try to improve their score over time. Second, there’s strategy; in order to reach their target, golfers have to choose which clubs to use and in which direction to aim. Finally, there’s socialization; golfers follow a dress code and congregate in clubhouses in search of community.

“Taking a

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UL groups hold drive to help new teachers

Two UL groups are hosting a classroom supply drive to help new teachers get ready for school.

The drive is hosted by the UL Lafayette Educators Rising Collegiate Chapter and the College of Education Alumni Chapter.

“Teachers are the heartbeat of education, and classrooms can be rich and bustling learning environments that inspire creativity, collaboration, and growth. Please drop off classroom supplies to support new teachers from UL Lafayette’s educator preparation programs as they enter the classroom,” a release states.

The drive will be on Saturday, July 24, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Maxim Doucet Hall Parking Lot, 1401 Johnston Street.

You can drive into the parking lot of Maxim Doucet Hall (across from Papa John’s Pizza) to be greeted and your items collected.

Here’s a list of what’s needed:

  • Children’s Books
  • Classroom Materials & Office Supplies(pencils, crayons, desk name tags, sticky notes, cardstock, dry erase
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Parents and teachers gauge risks for children attending Tokyo Games

TOKYO, July 6 (Reuters) – Olympic organisers have capped the number of spectators allowed into venues, but will offer Japanese students special access under a programme that would let hundreds of thousands of children see the world’s best athletes compete.

Tickets are cheap and COVID-19 countermeasures are in place. Many schools, however, have already pulled out, and others are still on the fence, awaiting more information.

Close to 1.3 million tickets were booked for the schools programme last year. But in areas around Tokyo that are hosting several Olympic events, like Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures, more than half of the tickets for the programme have been cancelled.

The response to the programme illustrates the challenges facing Japan as it tries to keep fans in the stadiums during pandemic-marred Games that have already been delayed once.

Jun Tashiro, principal of the Shiratori Elementary School in Tokyo, rattled off a list of

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Teachers: Thank you for inspiring students in their learning

At a glance:

  • We send a heartfelt “THANK YOU!” to all the teachers around the world for the incredible work you continue to do, finding new ways to engage and inspire students despite continuing challenges and uncertainty.
  • During remote and hybrid learning, teachers have innovated by integrating technology and learning to engage students. 82 percent of educators agree that this past year accelerated the pace at which technology has driven innovation in teaching and learning. 
  • As schools reimagine learning, several key elements are being brought together to form a holistic approach to learning: student centricity, skills focus, social learning, safety and security, and scalability. There are several technologies that are critical to support learning, including collaborative online environments, analytics and feedback tools, and inclusive, immersive experiences that support deep understanding of complex concepts. 
  • To further support teachers and students on this journey, today we’re announcing new apps and features including
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