Conditioning a teacher's employment or pay on their students' performance on tests ignores a critical fact: Students' educational attainment depends on many factors entirely outside an individual teacher's control, not the least of which is the student's home environment.
Who do we need to be to unlock children's potential? Some say good teachers are born, not made. Others believe in the power of teacher training to cultivate an effective teaching workforce.
Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun - Past Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award Honorees Winston Churchill once said, "Without t...
The thing voters need to ask themselves is: Who do they believe has the best interests of their child in mind more -- the person who interacts with them every day and is part of their local community, or the corporate CEO 500 miles away who answers to an unelected board and investors?
Ultimately, when taught and learned together, mindfulness and SEL have the potential to transform our communities and our world with the former cultivating the tendencies for compassion and ethical ways of living and the latter teaching the skills to make that happen.
Teachers are banding together like never before on Twitter and Facebook and using their voices to speak the truth about what is happening in our public schools.
As an elementary school teacher for 17 years, I have been asked for the spelling of a word hundreds, if not thousands, of times. Every time I have been asked -- without exception -- I have given my student the spelling of the word. Happily.
Once again, the American public is being sold a bill of goods when it comes to trade and its impact on our economy.
We need more policymakers and parents pushing for a day when there isn't a rush to see the school lists of who will be teaching their child because every classroom is led by an excellent teacher.
Never, ever ask a woman if she is pregnant. Old people have lots and lots of good stuff to say. "I'm sorry. I made a mistake. I won't do that again," is always the best first response to any trouble you may be in.
I am not talking about the much-hyped massive open online courses. I am talking about a complete transformation of the way teaching is done, with the computer taking the role of the lecturer, the teacher becoming a coach, and students taking responsibility for their own learning.
Mindfulness practice can improve attention, intention, attitude and performance. Sounds ideal. Blissful even. A Nirvana of knowledge-builders, with a capacity for greater creativity. So what's all the fuss about?
As a public education activist, I have literally been sick to my stomach since the New York State Legislature approved a budget, complete with education "reforms" proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on April 1. It wasn't a joke -- and I am angry, upset, and devastated, to say the least.
Reformers act as if they believe that teaching is something you do in your twenties when you are idealistic and want to "give something back" -- and then you move on to a "real career" in some other sector.
If you do something well enough, if you do something often enough, you will ultimately bring about positive change. I'm convinced we are making progress.
"American scholars and their writings, like Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences, have been influential in building the mu...