High School (Grades: 9-12)

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In order for students to be successful in school, they first have to be in school. Seems logical, right? But for millions of students in the U.S., attendance is a barrier to success with lifelong consequences. Here’s a look at how chronic absenteeism impacts learning, and how schools can begin to turn the tide. Measuring… Read More

How Teens Can Benefit From Recess

By Kara Wyman, MEd October 8, 2018

When we think of recess and playtime, most of us think of cute little kids on the playground. But couldn’t our middle and high school students benefit from a break too? Adolescents often face a variety of challenges and, while I’m not suggesting we get teens on monkey bars or force a game of tag,… Read More

Why We Really Need SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) Now

By The SHARE Team May 14, 2018

We live in a stressful world, and our nation’s children and young adults are coping with new and prevalent emotional realities we can’t ignore. Research indicates that when educators work to teach learners how to alleviate and manage stress, students become more likely to learn deeply, avoid negative behaviors and achieve successful outcomes with long-term… Read More

In President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address, he spoke sincerely about the positive effects of postsecondary education. He told the stories of Americans who’d changed their lives by earning a degree or certification and affirmed the importance of higher education to maintaining and growing middle class populations in the United States. All students… Read More

The New SAT: What Students and Educators Can Expect

By Caitrin Blake June 22, 2016

High school students preparing to take the SAT will face a whole new landscape. In 2016, the College Board, maker of the SAT, rolled out some of the biggest content changes in the exam’s history. These revisions were designed to better reflect what high school students actually learn and the knowledge they’ll need in college,… Read More

“Not all who wander are lost” — J.R.R. Tolkien Childhood and adolescence are not idyllic times for all of our students. Some just seem to be wandering through the transition from child to teen to adult. Wandering students aren’t steady and consistent in the classroom. Instead, they push back on their academic growth, behave erratically and… Read More

“Politics is boring, until it’s not” — Anonymous The author of that quote seems to have anticipated the challenging, complex nature of today’s political environment. Truth is stranger than fiction in this election cycle, so you should not be surprised to find your students trying to make sense of all that is happening in the… Read More

Is your high school preparing students for the long-term projects they’ll have to do in college? I found out that my own school has room for improvement after we convened a panel of six high school alumni returning home after their first semester of college. When we asked them if they felt they’d been well… Read More

Helping Teens Manage Drama and Trauma of Adolescence

By Brian Gatens January 14, 2016

You’ll rarely find an adult who would happily return to their teenage years. After all, memories of adolescent uncertainty, growth and hormones linger for decades. Teens need the help of teachers who understand the unique nature of those years — you have to be prepared to help them navigate the sometimes rocky waters. Here are… Read More

“Why should I be a teacher?” A lot of young people and older, second-career adults ask that question when the time comes to make life and career decisions. For those who who wisely choose to teach, the answer usually comes down to being able to influence the life of a child, contribute to the common… Read More

Schools nationwide are moving to a technology-centered, one-to-one (or 1:1) learning environment for their students, thanks to the advent of low-cost and durable laptop computers, low or no-cost student learning-management systems, and a general embrace of technology throughout our larger culture. If your school is making the one-to-one transition and placing a laptop in the hands of… Read More

Last October, self-identified “educational troublemaker” Grant Wiggins posted a piece by an anonymous teacher. Having just become an instructional coach, she wanted to give teachers the best possible advice. To understand what was happening in classrooms, she spent two days shadowing high school students and asked for their perspectives on the school experience. ‘I wish… Read More

Tips for Teachers in the Middle of Testing Season

By Brian Gatens March 2, 2015

Standardized testing has been a mainstay of the educational landscape for decades. Every spring teachers, students and administrators would set aside time to administer state-required tests on a variety of subjects, and then use the results the following year to assist students, measure school success and update the school’s overall approach to learning. This year… Read More

Give Your Students a Fresh Start with the New Year

By Brian Gatens January 8, 2015

“The first day back to work after New Year’s is the most Mondayest of all Mondays that ever were and will ever be.” — Text message received upon arrival at work the Monday after holiday break ended. My colleague may have had his tongue planted firmly in his cheek when he sent that text, but… Read More

Tips for Teachers Working With Medically Fragile Students

By Brian Gatens November 20, 2014

When I tell people that one of my earliest post-college jobs was volunteer director at a camp for children with cancer, I usually get what I call the “sad head shake.” This is, of course, the natural reaction of someone who thinks that such a camp is a dark and difficult place. Instead, it was… Read More