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April 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Round-up: Shop class gets STEM makeover, report finds gesturing helps students learn math

STEM fields breathe new life into traditional shop class: Today’s high-school shop class is about more than building ashtrays. The national focus on science, technology, engineering and math instruction has provided a boost to vocational training in Seattle.

Report finds abstract gestures can help students learn math (BBC News): The act of physically pointing to numbers when solving basic arithmetic problems can help students develop a better understanding of math, according to a new report in the journal Psychological Science. Researchers found this approach worked better than asking students to touch and move objects.

Portland program integrates cooking into variety of subjects (The Oregonian): A former Portland Public Schools teacher is using her Curriculum of Cuisine project to incorporate food into classes ranging from language arts to biology.

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