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Larry Paros

Word Origin Comics: How Learned Are You?

Larry Paros | September 27, 2016 | Education
Teachers: Help your students gain a heightened appreciation for the power of language through the story of word origins in our comic book format. It's an easy and fun way for students to increase their vocabulary by learning the history of language and how it relates to larger contemporary issues...
John Thompson

Let's Hope NOVA's Hopeful View of The School of the Future Is Right

John Thompson | September 28, 2016 | Education
NOVA's The School of the Future is an excellent and intriguing contribution to the Public Broadcast System's back-to-school special reports. The first third of the report hit the right balance between state of the art cognitive science, the long-established body of research on neuroscience which can inform educational...
Peter Greene

The Word Charter Schools Leave Out

Peter Greene | September 27, 2016 | Education
Anybody can do a good job of educating some students. Modern charter advocates should stop pretending they have invented the wheel. And if they really want to be honest, they can start using that one simple word-- some.
Vicki Cobb

Poverty and Education

Vicki Cobb | September 27, 2016 | Education
I am always looking for topics for this blog about learning that is interesting, exciting and engaging for both teachers and students. Last year I wrote about Ruth Shuman who founded Publicolor, a nonprofit organization that gives poor kids an afterschool program that teaches commercial painting...
Teach Plus

The Moment that Forever Changed the Way I Teach

Teach Plus | September 27, 2016 | Education
By Mary-Margaret Mara At the beginning of every school year, I find myself pondering what my students will be like, what their needs will be, and whether I will be equipped to meet those needs. Even with twenty five years of teaching experience,...
Justin Kitch

From Vanishing Dots to Piggy Banks: This Week's Curios

Justin Kitch | September 26, 2016 | Education
Last week's Curios covered illusions to trick your brain, boozy physics thought experiments, and piggy bank etymology.
Jenny Santi

The 5 Things That Teaching Taught Me

Jenny Santi | September 26, 2016 | Education
I don't know how I gathered the guts to do it, but a few months after college graduation when I was only 21 years old, I taught two classes in my university. It all started one night when - in a sincere demonstration of my idealism and desire to make a difference - I told Fr. Ben Nebres, the president of my university, "I think I'd like to teach."
Elissa Stein

Dumbing it Down in NYC

Elissa Stein | September 26, 2016 | Education
NYC's Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) voted to approve a format change in the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), which is the sole method of admission to Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech, and the other five specialized high schools.
Kristin Battista-Frazee

What We All Can Learn From Senioritis

Kristin Battista-Frazee | September 26, 2016 | Education
After years of hard work, high school seniors will soon receive their college acceptance letters and senioritis will take hold of seniors nationwide. Senioritis, even though it sounds like a contiguous disease it is not, but a real occurrence described as a time when students have accomplished their high school goals, are no longer motivated academically or otherwise and mentally "check-out" in their last two semesters of school.
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

What Cronenberg's Movie The Fly Can Teach Us About Trigger Warnings

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | September 26, 2016 | Education
There's this scene in David Cronenberg's movie The Fly that's pretty hard to watch. Actually, there are a lot of scenes in that movie that are pretty hard to watch. That's kind of the point of the movie, which is also kind of the point of this essay, but first, let's describe the scene in question in order to get to the essay in question.
Patrick Fine

Equity in Education: Evidence for Investments in the SDG Era

Patrick Fine | September 26, 2016 | Education
Nothing has inspired me more than the sacrifices I have seen African parents make to send their children to school. In Swaziland in the 1990s, I calculated that a typical rural family spent over 60 percent of its disposable income to pay for school fees, books and uniforms.
Alan Singer

Election 2016: What Teachers Can and Cannot Do

Alan Singer | September 26, 2016 | Education
A little enforced New York City regulation requires that teachers remain politically neutral when performing official duties. In 2008, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ruled that public school teachers could not wear political buttons in the classroom. The teachers' union challenged the ban but it was upheld by...
Lauren Bowling

The Four Essential Millennial Money Moves

Lauren Bowling | September 25, 2016 | Education
Although things appear to be on the mend (economically) from where they were five short years ago, there's still been much talk of millennial spending and saving habits.
Jem Jebbia

To Be a Global Citizen, Turn Inward

Jem Jebbia | September 25, 2016 | Education
As a higher education professional, I recognize that the term "global citizenship" has become a buzzword. We use it to advertise study abroad programs, accentuate courses of study, and develop leadership competencies. On Northeastern University's campus, I direct the Global Citizenship Project. And I am frustrated.
Mercedes Schneider

David Coleman: Promising To Address SAT Problems When Cornered

Mercedes Schneider | September 26, 2016 | College
Reuters has been releasing articles related to the newly-designed SAT ever since someone anonymously sent over 400 SAT questions to the news agency on August 03, 2016. Reuters has since reported on the August 26, 2016, FBI raid of former SAT exec Manuel Alfaro’s...
C. M. Rubin

The Global Search for Education: Top Global Teacher Bloggers - Learning With The Arts

C. M. Rubin | September 27, 2016 | Education
Have you ever noticed how integrating the Arts with traditional subjects can really make learning fun? Findings from a recent American Institutes for Research study shows arts integration also has great potential for improving student learning in multiple disciplines. ...
Yiming Ma

Walking Encyclopedias, Cash Clerks and Nose Wipers

Yiming Ma | September 24, 2016 | Education
Two months ago, a colleague shared with me a T-shirt describing a long list of responsibilities horrifying in scope and scale. Including roles such as 'petty cash clerk, walking encyclopedia, scapegoat and nose wiper', the T-Shirt comically concluded that "You can just call me a Teacher!" I laughed, but as...
Jonathan Lash

De-Grading: Why Do Schools Use Grades That Teach Nothing?

Jonathan Lash | September 24, 2016 | Education
The survey also revealed long-term benefits of narrative evaluations. One alum, now a professor, said grades don't mean much at the large university where she's teaching. "Narrative evaluations mean more to students and say more about them," she wrote.
Frank Breslin

Teaching The Greeks And Critical Thinking -- Part 12: Can You Be a Good Person if You Don't Believe in an Afterlife?

Frank Breslin | September 23, 2016 | Education
Teacher: So far, we've been discussing how the Greeks viewed this life given their view of the afterlife, then whether the belief in the afterlife today affects one's view of this life, and now, for our last question, can you be a good person if you...
Vin Testa

It's My Money and I Want it Now!

Vin Testa | September 23, 2016 | Education
Do you remember that commercial? Ironically, the PAID actors would throw open their windows and doors, stick their heads outside, and yell, "It's my money and I want it NOW!" I am not one of those paid actors - I am a public school teacher whose contract expired in 2012.
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