When guided by neuroscience and professional development, teachers learn to develop nurturing relationships with students and introduce complex material in a manner that helps them recognize they know more than they think they know.
That this middle/high school consisted of nothing more than a bunch of classrooms on the third floor of an old elementary school, set between a hospital and a jail, only underscored its single-minded, academic focus.
Miss Ju-Mie smiled and apologized. She tried to go on, but she kept cutting off her sentences, forgetting her words. Her hand touched her cheek, then her forehead, then her cheek again. It was as though she was trying to quell her frustration, to soothe red-rimmed eyes that warned of tears.
Making students' real-life experiences relevant to daily classroom life helps students develop a broader worldview and a critical understanding of nuanced social issues concurrent with developing academic skills.
I'm not a language teacher -- and I don't speak another language with any degree of proficiency -- but I have great admiration for those who do.
So why is it that some teachers are succeeding so exquisitely while others struggle?
Schools have a lot to learn from business about how to improve performance Bill Gates declared in an op ed in the Wall Street Journal in 2011. He pointed to his own company as a worthy model for public schools.
The "Regents Research Fund" fellows are a private think tank embedded in the public education department that is defining education for New York's 3.1 million public school students.
I wholeheartedly believe that joining fellow educators on Twitter will impact you and your classroom more than you think.
When faced with challenging issues, we all know that a good way to compile a selection of possible solutions is to look around and see how others have...
I used to teach public high school and in a county jail before that, and my wife is a teacher, too, so I have some pretty strong feelings about teachi...
We don't just need more teachers. We need excellent teachers, and we need diverse teachers.
I don't own a garage door opener, so I park in my driveway to save a few steps after a long day at work. Living in an older neighborhood in San Jose, Calif., this is typical of most of my neighbors too.
It seems to me that we are thinking about children, teachers, and schools the same way we think about sports teams. In every league, there are winners and losers. But what if we thought of schools as if they were akin to families?
I do everything the school requires of me but I supplement that with my passions. Listen, I don't expect anyone to duplicate what I do because I am a lunatic, but I think teachers get so busy with the system -- teaching that chapter or this book -- that they lose themselves.
While some progress has been made in middle school literacy, it's clear that a significant number of current middle school students will graduate unable to understand complex texts necessary to succeed after high school.