• Exchange Student

    Opinion: Without foreign exchange students, we lose a vital transfer of knowledge

    Mark Lautens is a JB Jones Distinguished Professor at the University of Toronto. As we all know, the pandemic has had a devastating impact on travel and tourism. Perhaps less appreciated is the dramatic change to scientific exchange programs. Basically, they stopped completely. Should we continue to discourage or even prohibit students coming from abroad when they offer so much to the Canadian scientific research effort? Some are pushing to follow that path. I hope not. Story continues below advertisement While Zoom meetings are useful for sharing data and having a discussion, they are clearly not ideal for actually doing science in the laboratory. The hands-on experience of experimental work…

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  • Online School

    Staci Turner’s connection to middle school kids vital to teaching them online

    Teaching middle schoolers can be quite a challenge. They are right at the angsty age where they are really finding out who they will become in the next few years before heading off to high school. Those in seventh and eighth grade are often more self-aware than elementary school students, and in some cases, more serious than their high school counterparts. One teacher rising to the task and striking an almost perfect balance is Lee Middle School’s own Staci Turner. “She is an incredibly caring person and has provided a lot of that social-emotional support to our students and our staff,” said Lee Principal Shelley Friery. “She goes above and…

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  • Online School

    Tutors play vital role for students struggling with online learning

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — With school districts across the nation moving to online classes, students have had to adjust to a new way to learn — and parents have had to adjust as well. Diagnosed with dyslexia last year, third-grader Alice Faber has been working hard to keep up with her virtual classes. “Math is pretty easy. I have my tutor to help me,” Alice said. Alice’s mother, Jen Faber, hired a tutor to help her daughter as classes went virtual due to the pandemic, and she’s already seeing the benefits. “It has been really helpful because I have work, and I can’t always stop what I am doing to help her,”…

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