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'The Path Through Science to Bach's Emotions'

New England Conservatory | Posted 08.16.2016 | Home
New England Conservatory

Twice in my life I had devoted time to performing and recording these works; I felt the itch to do it one more time. This, I knew, might be the last time, and I wanted it to be special. I also thought it might be an opportunity to write about this music. In order to do it well, I wanted to do some research.

Remembering Al Shanker: Teachers and Professionalism

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.08.2016 | Home
Robert E. Slavin

Back in the day, I knew Al Shanker, the founder of the American Federation of Teachers. No one has ever been more of an advocate for teachers' rights ...

How I Failed as a Professional

Philippa Briscoe | Posted 04.12.2016 | Home
Philippa Briscoe

My name's Philippa, and I'm a statistic. I only lasted two and three-quarter years in the teaching profession. I'm one of those often-quoted teachers who didn't last five years in the job, in fact, I barely made it half way to that.

The Real Team Working for Your Child

Chris Minnich | Posted 08.11.2016 | Home
Chris Minnich

We entrust teachers with our most precious asset, and the challenges they face daily would stretch anyone's emotional and physical capacity.

The Global Search for Education: Ideas Ideas Ideas Ideas!

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.22.2015 | Home
C. M. Rubin

"In the US, the main way [to impact teacher retention] is to improve the status and conditions of teaching as a profession." -- Sir Ken Robinson ...

12 Things Teachers Think But Can't Always Say to Parents

Matthew Dicks | Posted 05.16.2015 | Home
Matthew Dicks

Please know that both legally and ethically, there are times when I want to say something or agree with you but cannot for a multitude of reasons, usually pertaining to the privacy of another student. I will miss your child for the rest of my life, even if your child was incredibly difficult and made my days long and exhausting.

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

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Home
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.

Top 10 Guide to Professional Dress for Student Teachers

Sue Gober | Posted 10.28.2014 | Home
Sue Gober

Are you student teaching this semester? A quick look in the mirror might be the most important thing you do all day.

Voices From the Virtual Street: What Does Public Education Mean to You?

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 10.01.2014 | Home
M. Shannon Hernandez

Public education, in my opinion, is one of the greatest gifts to our youth -- but only if this gift is given to them with their unique emotional, mental, and developmental needs in mind.

The Price of Great Teaching

TNTP | Posted 09.14.2014 | Home

You can't put a figure on the value of sparking a child's love of reading, or making a whole room of students feel safe taking risks. But teaching is a profession, after all, and the truth is that the way we currently pay teachers in this country doesn't even come close to the true value of great teaching.

The Global Search for Education: Teacher I Need You

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.21.2014 | Home
C. M. Rubin

Special Ed teacher Matthew Cunningham awarded the inaugural GEMS Education Chicago Teacher Award "But what does it all mean to YOU?" My teacher ...

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The Surprising Results Of Teacher Satisfaction Surveys | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.27.2014 | Home

As sweeping reforms dramatically change what it means to be an American teacher, a steady stream of headlines, studies and op-eds assert that teachers...

The Teaching Profession: Then and Now

Vicki Cobb | Posted 02.10.2014 | Home
Vicki Cobb

The department chair handed me a textbook to teach from. I took one look at it, and decided I couldn't inflict such dry, pedantic stuff on my students. I also noticed that my classroom door was closed and no one was watching me.

Why So Many Of America's Teachers Are Leaving The Profession

Lisa Ellen Niver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Lisa Ellen Niver

The vast majority of teachers are working overtime without the tools or budget to manage the plethora of issues inside and outside the classroom. On top of that, administrators who only compound the situation by micromanaging the wrong things make the lives of teachers completely untenable with their lack of support.

No More Status Quo -- Why We Must Improve the Social Standing of Teachers

Vikas Pota | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Vikas Pota

Teachers often suffer from low-esteem, low regard and are derided by "the system." How can we expect change in the classroom if the person responsible for molding the minds of tomorrow's leaders has no standing in their local community?

Raising the Bar for Future Teachers

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 11.12.2013 | Home
Marc F. Bernstein

I, for one, support the use of student standardized test scores as one critical measure of teacher effectiveness and in determining whether teacher preparation programs are doing their job in providing schools with only top-notch teachers.

On Teaching (and Activism)

Melissa Browning | Posted 10.15.2013 | Home
Melissa Browning

In our hearts, I believe most of us who teach are teacher-activists whether we name ourselves in this way or not. Teaching isn't just a job -- it's a vocation.

Hiring Good Teachers

David Allyn | Posted 05.20.2013 | Home
David Allyn

That company wasn't messing around. They wanted good teachers, and they weren't willing to settle. That's a lesson for all of us in education.

The Sabanization of Public Schools: How to Fix Teachers' Job Descriptions

Dan Ross | Posted 01.16.2013 | Home
Dan Ross

Successful, high functioning organizations like Nick Saban's Crimson Tide don't allow their people to operate under this sort of haze of dangerous ambiguity. Unconscious football players often wind up unconscious. Unconscious teachers... might.

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

Posted 12.11.2012 | Home

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...

Have a Job? You Could Be the Answer to the Chicago Teacher's Strike

Danny Rubin | Posted 11.18.2012 | Home
Danny Rubin

There is a way to combine testing and real-life skills right now and maybe even lessen the pressure on America's teachers. Know what it is? Show and Tell.

So You Want to Get Into Teaching?

Randy Miller | Posted 11.17.2012 | Home
Randy Miller

So you want to be a teacher? Great, so now what do you do? Are you ready for the classroom? Are you ready to meet the demands of your administration? Are you ready to deal with the politics of the position of a teacher?

Is the Silver Bullet a Tic Tac? Improving Education One Mint at a Time (I'm Only Half Joking)

Larry Strauss | Posted 10.01.2012 | Home
Larry Strauss

We tell these children to speak up and ask questions -- but what if a teacher's answers contain a dizzying dose of sulfur? You want higher standards for teachers -- how about starting with our breath?

Let's Get to the Bottom of #Edtech Hysteria

Shaun Johnson | Posted 09.26.2012 | Home
Shaun Johnson

There's an underlying "disruptive" strain to #edtech that is, from my perspective, disconcerting. It seems that certain proponents of #edtech are pushing technology in order to completely "teacher-proof" the classroom.

Teachers' Lounge: The Role Model

Teach Plus | Posted 09.16.2012 | Home
Teach Plus

In the Teachers' Lounge today, meet Akosua Osei-Bobie, who teaches fourth grade Sheltered English Immersion math and social studies at the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School in Boston, MA.