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I Wish I Didn't Want To Be A Teacher

Erin Taylor Green | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Erin Taylor Green

Life would be easier if I chose a profession that gave me answers, rather than endless questions. Life would be easier if my work friends didn't have to ask my permission to go to the bathroom. But for some inexplicable reason, every fiber of my being is called to be in this classroom with these kids.

Why I Stopped Bad-Mouthing 'Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work' Day

Robin Hardman | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
Robin Hardman

This Thursday, April 22, will be the fourth Thursday of the month, which means it's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (a.k.a. TODAS). Kids will be trooping through workplaces around the country, sometimes hanging out with a parent, but more often enjoying a busy agenda of carefully planned, hands-on activities.

How Breakfast Can Impact Our Future

Mark Hertling | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Mark Hertling

Most people don’t start a long road trip without putting gas in the car. Yet, millions of parents send their children off every morning without ensu...

Beyond Academics: Leadership Link Between Classroom and Careers

Karthik Rajan | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Karthik Rajan

As we grow older, a gradual transition happens without us realizing it. The soaked sponge builds memories, waddles through new puddles of water, with very little absorption, focused on the destination rather than the here and now. How self-aware are we as humans on this natural progression?

Herding Cats...er Kids

Lynda Freeman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Good News
Lynda Freeman

As a retired elementary school teacher I sometimes do substitute teaching. I do this because I like being with kids and also enjoy the extra spending money I earn that takes me on trips.

Student Harvesting and the Dilution of a Discipline

Domino Renee Perez | Posted 04.01.2015 | College
Domino Renee Perez

While what a film does matters as much as how it is made, the richness of film study is found in a dialogue between the two, a dialogue formal film studies fosters and explores.

Teachers and Parents Need to Support Their Kids' Learning

Aimee Rogstad Guidera | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Aimee Rogstad Guidera

Every teacher and school leader needs the training, the tools, the time, and the trust to be able to use data to help students--and to help their parents better support their students learning. I have been fortunate to be part of a school that values and uses information. Doesn't every parent deserve that opportunity? I think so.

5 Ways to Be on Top of Your Game in College

Dannia Guzman | Posted 04.28.2015 | College
Dannia Guzman

Personal agency can make a difference in any situation. Only we can take control of our learning and the outcome because only we can vocalize our needs.

Are Digital Schools the Wave of the Future?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

Virtual schools are operative in 26 states in the country, and digital learning encompasses fully online schools, supplemental online courses and schools that have integrated digital content and tools into their existing instructional setup.

Write Notes, Not Textbooks: A Guide to Better Note Taking

Uloop | Posted 04.04.2015 | College
Uloop

As familiar as Shakespeare, students can always recognize the sound of the frenzied flurry of paper flipping as the teacher says "this will be on the test."

How to Build a Successful School Technology Program

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 02.14.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Technology is a catalyst for change. If you want to disrupt a classroom full of children or young adults, try handing out an iPad or a Chromebook to each of them. You'll see lots of activity and excitement, but without solid planning and expectations, much of that energy will be counter-productive.

Why I Walk Barefoot

Amy Quinn | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Amy Quinn

This is not your everyday classroom. And these are not your everyday students. This is The Barefoot College, an NGO which aims to empower rural communities to become sustainable and self-sufficient by creating Rural Solar Engineers.

How to Save the Lost Students In Your Classroom

Karl Gude | Posted 01.17.2015 | Education
Karl Gude

Instead of focusing on the high performing, front-row kids and neglecting the lost, skid-row kids in the back of the room, teachers can turn their classrooms into fertile ground that nurtures all students.

The Most Powerful Tool in the Classroom

Sarah Wike Loyola | Posted 12.20.2014 | Education
Sarah Wike Loyola

Historically, the teacher has been the omniscient presence in just about every classroom in the world. They were the only ones who possessed the all-m...

A Helping Hand for Our Heroes

Charles Best | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Charles Best

Teachers are heroes. They face tremendous pressures, from adapting to new education standards, to engaging a more digitally savvy generation of students, to addressing the needs of a larger population of special-needs students.

Too Many Students Rely on Social Promotion

Franchesca Warren | Posted 11.29.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Despite my efforts in making sure that students were updated about their grades, many times they really didn't see a connection in their mastery of the work and their final grades. Eventually after reviewing all of the student records and in all of that data (attendance, test scores, etc.) I realized the real issue. Most of my students were in high school due to social promotion.

Getting the Most Out of Classroom Observations

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

By following these suggestions, principals can set a more positive, focused and goal-oriented tone to the observation process. The result will be happier teachers and genuine sense of fulfillment, knowing that you are satisfying one of the most important tasks in your role as instructional leader.

The Introvert in the Classroom

Katie Hurley | Posted 11.04.2014 | Parents
Katie Hurley

As an adult, I know how to thrive in this world. I know when to speed up and when to slow down. I know how to assert my needs and when to walk away. And I don't let the input from others get me down. For little ones, it's not so easy

6 Things That Will Set Your Child Soaring At School This Year

Hilary Wilce | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

There are six things will make all the difference to how well your child does at school this year. Six things will make them feel happy to walk into the classroom, excited about what they are learning there, and able to use all their energies to play, learn and grow.

The Overachiever's Guide to Junior Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 10.26.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

Identify a second faculty mentor for research. Meet at least once a semester with both of your faculty mentors to explore research opportunities, including paid summer experiences. Also, if you plan on applying to graduate school, request letters of recommendation.

The Future Demands We Teach About Diversity, Bias

Maureen Costello | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Maureen Costello

Eighth-graders in Christopher Avery's world cultures class often found that learning about the world meant confronting their own biases. When the class discussed the Middle East, talk turned to the power of stereotypes.

Teacher Feedback Is the Key To Transforming Schools

Franchesca Warren | Posted 09.06.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

This year I did what many teachers fear the most, I went over to the dark side of school administration in the form of being an Instructional Coach.

This 7th Grader Is Having 5 Existential Crises We Can All Relate To

Eric Barry | Posted 08.06.2014 | Comedy
Eric Barry

A good friend of mine who teaches walked into his classroom this afternoon to discover that one of his students had decided to enumerate their introspections on the classroom board.

The 'Brainwashing' of Teachers Has to Stop

Franchesca Warren | Posted 07.06.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

One of the first steps in building your professional brand is to start putting actual value into whom you are as an educator. You have to start thinking like major brands.

My Son Only Read One Book in Middle School

Franchesca Warren | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Great reading can be done in middle school if we take the focus off standardized testing.