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Be An Original: Be Yourself And Become A Better Teacher

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 06.28.2016 | Education
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

Twenty-two years ago, I was offered a job as an assistant professor at a university in Michigan. The offer came late in the summer, so I had only a fe...

How To Raise Your Child To Be A Teacher

Deborah Drezon Carroll | Posted 05.19.2016 | Fifty
Deborah Drezon Carroll

'Who's going to toughen him up?' I was asked that question about my 3-year-old grandson who is a lovely, respectful, sensitive boy. Like his mother, he has an extraordinary ability to read people. Sometimes that's a blessing, other times a curse, but I wouldn't change him even if I could.

Surprising "Ms. Sunshine"

TNTP | Posted 06.04.2016 | Education

Last week, we made a big deal over four superb teachers. We rounded up reporters, mayors, school leaders, family members and many more to surprise them in their classrooms. I had the great honor of presenting the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice to one of those great teachers, Stephanie Sun.

Keeping Great Teachers, With a Personal Touch

TNTP | Posted 05.04.2016 | Education

Rachael Brown is the Manager of Teacher Retention and Recognition at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Last year, Rachael's team started sending personal emails to highly effective DCPS teachers in order to acknowledge them and encourage them to stay.

What's Going on in Mr. Aronin's Class?

Te-Erika Patterson | Posted 05.19.2014 | Good News
Te-Erika Patterson

My son, who believes books are boring and prefers learning from Youtube videos over reading instructions, has actually been reading and discussing the books and thought provoking themes you have introduced to him.

Why Education Needs More Radioactive Spiders

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 11.22.2013 | Impact
Scott Barry Kaufman

I wonder how many children we write off as "slow" when all it would take is a figurative radioactive spider bite to show what they are really capable of. I also wonder how many high-ability children fall between the cracks because of messages they receive from teachers that indicate that high ability is all they need.

To Roy With Love

Robin Hardman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Robin Hardman

I am continually impressed with the dedication, creativity and energy many of my kids' teachers bring to their work. I am frankly amazed at the things my kids know. But if I had to choose the one teacher in my son's life most deserving of a lifetime achievement award, I'd pick Roy Nathanson.

WATCH: 4 Signs Of A Great Teacher

OWN | Posted 03.07.2013 | OWN

What makes a teacher great? Dr. Marvin Thompson, the new principal of John McDonogh High School in New Orleans -- and star of the new OWN docu-series ...

How Facebook And A Teacher Saved A Man's Life

Posted 01.29.2013 | Education

Seventh-grade teacher Buffy Sexton is teaching her students a life lesson -- by leaving the classroom. Sexton, a Meyzeek Middle School teacher in L...

America's Oldest Teacher Won't Retire At 99 Years Old

Posted 01.20.2013 | Education

She's been a part of this world for nearly a century, but at 99 years old, Agnes Zhelesnik still isn't ready to retire. The country's oldest teache...

Principal Will Sleep On School Roof If Students Make Reading Goals

Posted 01.10.2013 | Education

One Pennsylvania elementary school principal wants his students to reach for the stars -- and he'll sleep under the stars. Wrightsville Elementary ...

Arizona Teacher Drives To All The Way To Newtown To Spread Holiday Cheer

Posted 12.28.2012 | Education

Faith Leonard teaches elementary school in Arizona's Mesa Public Schools, but she's spending her winter break in Newtown to help bring holiday spirit ...

An Empty Seat At The Christmas Dinner Table After Sandy Hook

Posted 12.28.2012 | Education

As residents of Newtown, Conn., try to return to normalcy two weeks after a gunman tore through Sandy Hook Elementary School, those who lost their lov...

Dying Teacher's Cross-Country Quest: 'Did I Make A Difference?'

Posted 12.26.2012 | Education

Since he was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme six years ago, former Miami high school teacher David Menasche has had three surgeries, two and a ...

Arne Duncan Hails Newtown Teachers' 'Quiet Heroism'

Posted 12.19.2012 | Education

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is visiting Newtown, Conn., Wednesday, following the Friday massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the ...

When Even The Toughest Plans Can't Save: School Had Drills To Handle Such Situations

Posted 12.17.2012 | Education

Sandy Hook Elementary didn't take chances when it came to safety. The school had regular lockdown drills, teaching students and teachers to stay q...

Student To Teacher Who Locked Class In Bathroom During Shooting: 'I Just Want Christmas'

Posted 12.16.2012 | Education

Sandy Hook Elementary first grade teacher Kaitlin Roig was worried that she and her students would not survive the gunfire that flew through the Conne...

Newtown Elementary Therapist: 'Hero' Teacher Used Body To Hold Door Shut During School Shooting

Posted 12.14.2012 | Education

As details continue to unfold about Friday morning's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., more stories are surfacing about...

Teacher Saved Boy From 'Bullets Going By Him'

Posted 12.17.2012 | Education

An 8-year-old student and his mother are thanking a teacher for saving the boy from bullets fired at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a mass shooti...

The Benefits Of Swapping Exercise Balls For Desk Chairs

Posted 11.28.2012 | Education

Students in Sara Wright's fifth-grade class are embracing a new seating arrangement -- without chairs. The Wea Ridge Elementary School teacher in L...

Teacher Spends Thousands Of Game Show Winnings On Students

Posted 11.17.2012 | Education

A Mississippi teacher is the star of the show at West Harrison High School in Harrison County. Spanish teacher Deborah Bishop treated her 20 Spani...

Math Teacher's Hugely Popular YouTube Videos Won Him Students In Over 100 Countries

Posted 11.12.2012 | Education

Teacher Rob Tarrou is helping students around the world with math, without leaving St. Petersburg, Fla. Tarrou has been teaching at St. Petersburg...

100-Year-Old Teacher Dies After 77-Year Career

Posted 11.12.2012 | Education

Olivia Neubauer, a 100-year-old Chicago educator who was still teaching this year, has died. Neubauer started teaching at Chicago's Pullman Tech Hi...

Teacher Keeps Promise To Wear Sexy French Maid Outfit If Students Raise Grades

Posted 11.06.2012 | Education

A currently unidentified teacher in China's Guangxi province is making waves after photos of her surfaced online leading class in a sexy French maid o...

Teacher To Run 155 Miles Through Sahara To Buy Laptops For Students

Posted 10.26.2012 | Education

Boston Public School teacher Liz Byron has had enough with the lack of resources holding her students back. She's frustrated with the fact that in a d...