This month has been declared New Conversation Month by reformsters. Teachers are being offered (in vaguely non-specific ways) some sort of seats at various tables. Unfortunately, this largesse underlines just how much teachers have not been included in conversations about public education.
Research clearly demonstrates that integrating social-emotional learning (SEL) into the classroom is good for both students and the adults who work with them. But there's a story that the research hasn't captured -- the one of powerful transformation.
What makes us better is our willingness to be honest about the challenges in front of us, recognize our mistakes and limitations, and still struggle to get it right.
The Western legacy of educational virtue has been called into question by the better PISA test score results coming out of other countries, especially China. Should we in the US be following Shanghai's lead and focusing on improving our students' test scores in this international exam?
The protest to preserve the history curriculum is important for many reasons. If the so-called education reformers are not careful, they may bring on that catastrophe by toppling the only remaining institution dedicated to reinforcing civic values -- public education.
Let me ask you a question: What pain must you introduce to your students to help them become motivated? What's the gain you need to help your students discover in their life? The juices won't flow until we do something different.
Teaching and writing have long been symbiotic partners. It was common for the young writer to use academia as a means of support while they toiled away on their inaugural attempts at publication.
Two percent. That is the number of teachers in this country who are African-American men. This would be shocking as a stand-alone statistic, but in the context of our nation's student population, it is appalling.
Why Not? It May Be as Close as We Get It sometimes feels as if our country is so polarized these days that a poll broken out by Democrats, Republican...
We listened to the sound of the singing bowl on the first day of school. Actually, we listened to the sound of the bowl every day during the first week. The children were drawn to the bowl or the bell, as we sometimes called it.
Investment in technology is on the increase. Some continue to claim it hurts the classroom. Others are more convinced it is transforming the classroom in a positive way. However, most now believe the goal must be about transforming the learning process.
Instead of starving our schools of critical funding and pushing market-based, test-driven policies that ultimately fail our kids, we should be relying on evidence and input from those closest to the classroom to find solutions that work.
As children we are taught to be leaders and not followers. In real life, there is no blueprint for successful leadership. We all have an image in our ...
For teachers, there is no easy solution for the management of ADHD in the classroom. After all is said and done, the effectiveness of any treatment for ADHD at school depends upon the knowledge and the persistence of the school and the individual teacher.
TNTP have decided to stake out a middle ground on the tenure wars, claiming that we don't need to eliminate it -- just fix it. And to that end, they have eight proposals to create "a more balanced system." It's all in this very fancy "paper," which I am now going to "respond to" in this "blog post."
While she taught art, she really taught lessons about life and the dispositions that allowed her students to be successful personally and professionally. While we might think educating is about content, it is also about imparting life skills to young people so that they can not only learn, but thrive in their adult lives.