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3 Ways to Get Students Involved, Excited And Informed About the Election

Monica Gray | Posted 10.20.2016 | Education
Monica Gray

It is a question posed daily by students to teachers across the country. Sometimes, the answer can seem a bit esoteric: "Yes, Johnny, you will need calculus in the real world." But providing an answer to pupils in today's civics classrooms should be far easier and direct since these kids are literally witnessing one of the most combative and contested presidential elections in history.

From Professional to Professor

Karl Gude | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Karl Gude

Ten years ago I felt a powerful pull from the halls of academia to give back to my profession, to share my years of knowledge and experience with youn...

A Memorable Global Citizenship Trip Experience to Cambodia: The Secret of Our Approach

Sothy Eng | Posted 03.09.2017 | Education
Sothy Eng

The Global Citizenship program at Lehigh University, the oldest of its kind in the United States, provides students with the opportunity to experience...

The 5 Teachers You Meet in Heaven: What It Really Takes to Save Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.15.2016 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Teachers, of course, can lead the way, not toward some false utopia embodied in the privatizing, anti-union, agenda of the testing moguls but in education's humanistic roots -- providing young people with multiple pathways to success.

Has a Teacher Changed Your Life?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.07.2016 | Education
Lev Raphael

I had dreamed of being a writer since I was in second grade, but it wasn't until I took my first class with Kristin Lauer at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus that I fell in love with writing itself.

The Technology That's Giving Students With Autism a Greater Voice

Posted 07.09.2015 | Technology

Last year, Hanna Rosin, a well-known journalist for the Atlantic, wrote an article about her son’s Asperger's diagnosis. He lived with this label fo...

The Inspiring Professor Who Changed My Life

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.08.2015 | Education
Lev Raphael

Today is International Women's Day and I have to pay tribute to the amazing woman who changed my life, setting me on the road to success as a writer.

Engaging Students: Online and Offline

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

Learning is inherently satisfying. All of us have experienced the joy of learning and discovery at some point in time in our life. Learning leads to better understanding, new knowledge, skills and expertise. Whether it is learning how to ride a bike, read a book, write code, or build something -- children are inherently excited about learning.

Should We Require Computer Science Classes?

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 03.07.2015 | Technology
Rajat Bhageria

it is precisely because we live in this modern world that this recent subject is so incredibly important; everything around us was in some sense affected by code, and yet most of us cannot even write a simple program that calculates how much gas we use in a year.

Rhythm and Bruise: How Cuts to Music and the Arts Hurt Kids and Communities

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.

A Letter to First-Year Teachers

Sue Gober | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Sue Gober

If you are reading this blog, you just survived your first year as a teacher. Congratulations! School is out, summer calls and the beach beckons, but your work isn't over... not yet!

Take the Time to Know Your Students, Even If You're Famous

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Lev Raphael

When you teach, isn't it better to assume less and try to enjoy more? Otherwise, you're turning the classroom into an echo chamber.

Tips on Student Engagement in an Era of Electronic Education

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
Sriya Chakravarti

At the end of the term, most of my students agree that our time together was well spent, and it was probably one of the best classes they have had. Hence, I would like to share my secret on student engagement:

Master the Art of SODOTO: See One, Do One, Teach One

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 02.03.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Just as the guru tutors the novitiate so does the goldsmith his apprentice. The same is true for officers and engineers and in all fields where the mastery of craft is a matter of certification.

What's in Your Mindful Toolbox? Your Feet!

Bonnie Levine, MA | Posted 12.25.2013 | Impact
Bonnie Levine, MA

By early October the children have been taught four different secular mindfulness techniques. They have been encouraged to choose one technique that supports them in focusing their mind and calming their bodies. This mindful snapshot is about one of the first practices I teach each class.

Diary of a Student Teacher: Why Do We Care So Much About Having Opinions?

Matt Bieber | Posted 12.14.2013 | Impact
Matt Bieber

I'm noticing more of the ways that we constantly ask kids to have an opinion, to develop and defend a view -- even if they know next to nothing about the issue at hand. It's as if we as a culture believe that the mere having of an opinion is worthwhile in and of itself.

Why I Marched

Sumit Som | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sumit Som

This march was as much about protecting schools that provide low-income children a chance they wouldn't otherwise have, as it is about protecting a new way of supporting teachers to make them masters at their craft.

For Optimism About US Education, Look Abroad

Peter Cipparone | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Peter Cipparone

Living abroad has convinced me that between our advantages in access to education, teaching and learning methods, and national conversation around education, cries that the U.S. is falling behind are overblown.

A Sense of Ending

Liz Madans | Posted 08.27.2013 | Home
Liz Madans

Cultivating a sense of beginning and ending resonates with the work we do with text, teaching students to recognize the signs of change: a quickening, a turn, and an untying.

Technology Increasingly Equalizes Education and Career Prospects

John T. Delaney | Posted 08.11.2013 | College
John T. Delaney

Technology has become an equalizer in a variety of situations, from making smaller nations more of a threat to traditional world powers to making students from smaller colleges and universities equally qualified for careers as their counterparts from the Ivy League.

We Need a Revolution (Literally) in Education -- It Is Time to Flip the Curriculum

Tony Zini | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Tony Zini

It's time to work smarter, not harder. James Marzano said it would take 25 years to teach the elementary school curriculum if we were to do to right.

Reclaiming the 'Art and Science' of Teaching

Melinda Gates | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Melinda Gates

We've rendered the phrase "the art and science of" almost meaningless by using it to describe nearly any endeavor. But "art and science" is a nuanced way to think about the unique properties of teaching, one of the most important endeavors in any society.

Making Mistakes: What Often Goes Unsaid About the Classroom

Sarah Brown Wessling | Posted 03.31.2013 | Education
Sarah Brown Wessling

If we don't want education to be dressed in a culture of defensiveness and excuses, then we must take them away by welcoming such classroom foibles as authentic opportunities to flourish, not as shortcomings to bemoan.

Unbored: The Power of 'Making' in the Classroom

Joshua Glenn | Posted 03.04.2013 | Education
Joshua Glenn

The idea of "learning by doing" stretches back to education legends Maria Montessori and John Dewey, both of whom felt teachers should act more as guides to students' independent discoveries than as founts of information.

7 Trends That Have Shaped The Teaching Force In The Last 20 Years

Posted 12.11.2012 | Education

Over the past 20 years, the teaching force has become larger, grayer, greener, more female, more diverse and less stable, according to a study publis...