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What It Means to Be a 'Proficient' Teacher?

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 05.29.2015 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

Imagine if instead of introducing ourselves by the number of years we have taught, we introduced ourselves as the number of students we have helped educate and prepare for life? How would the discourse surrounding public education change if we focused on these outcomes as opposed to simply a matter of attrition or number of years in the classroom?

6 Things Rarely Discussed in College Education Courses That Will Be Keys to Your Teaching Career

D. A. Russell | Posted 05.29.2015 | Education
D. A. Russell

It is hard to answer the question: "What advice would you give a new teacher?" The problem is that all teachers, even those of us who are most passionate about teaching, have a love-hate relationship with our jobs.

Will Justin Bieber Become a Teacher?

Dan Butin | Posted 05.29.2015 | Education
Dan Butin

I had a dream last night that Justin Bieber visited my class. And offered the most powerful lesson any future teacher could hear.

Giving Chances Can Lead to Unknown Benefits

S. L. Young | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
S. L. Young

Each of my college students - upon request - has an opportunity to receive individual feedback about their class performance beyond grade assignment at the end of each semester.

What's in Your Mindful Toolbox? A Pause/PAWS

Bonnie Levine, MA | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Bonnie Levine, MA

Exhilarating and exhausting, classroom teaching is a daily adventure. Each moment is filled with an eternal mixture of instruction, learning and emotion. Times that by the number of children in the room and well, there is always a lot going on.

Teachers: Stop Complimenting Your Students

Matthew Dicks | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Matthew Dicks

As an elementary school teacher, I have made it my policy for more than a decade to avoid commenting on a student's physical appearance. These comments, even when positive, can be damaging and hurtful to kids.

Buying and Selling Hope, One Student At A Time

Shanna Peeples | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
Shanna Peeples

When you see students walk the stage at graduation this year, know that behind them is an invisible line of men and women who helped each one to buy hope for themselves and to bet on a future that needs their talent.

How to Save a Life

Hilal Isler | Posted 05.22.2015 | Education
Hilal Isler

By the time I turned thirteen, I had attended five schools, in four cities, on three continents. My parents were professors who had me late in life and, perhaps because of this, I am an only child.

When a 'Good Enough' Higher Education Isn't Good Enough

Dan Butin | Posted 05.21.2015 | College
Dan Butin

Technology offers us the chance to provide a "good enough" education. While the new and shiny model of online learning is incredibly powerful for the transmission model of education, it stinks at the transformational model of education.

Closing the Education Gap for English-Language Learners

Teach Plus | Posted 05.18.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

English-language learners (ELLs) have failed because we have failed to serve them. We often place these students in mainstream environments long before they are ready, with teachers who do not have the training or the preparation to meet their needs.

A Novel Solution to America's 'History Deficit'

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

But when you go beyond such video anecdotes and learn how much or how little Americans generally know about our own past, you'll probably stop laughing.

A Mother's Love

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Every day we hear stories about extraordinary women who stand up for children who are alone and neglected, women who have families of their own and take steps to adopt a child, take in a troubled teen, open their arms and homes to abandoned, sometimes sick babies.

Has a Teacher Changed Your Life?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.07.2015 | 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.

A Teacher's Prayer for Peace in the Classroom

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 05.07.2015 | Education
Ingrid Peschke

Some years ago, I made a careless and unintentional comment to one of my students about the deplorable conditions in the city where she grew up. She was visibly offended and although I immediately apologized and tried to take back my comment, I could tell she wasn't ready to forgive me anytime soon.

Quitting the "Quitting the Field" Story: Saying Good-bye to the "Former Teacher" Title

Abby Rosmarin | Posted 05.06.2015 | Education
Abby Rosmarin

As I was cleaning out my guest bedroom, I came across two sets of glossy photos. Both are of me, taken at chest height and against a standard blue background. They're a little worse for wear - one has a circular dent in it - and both have accumulated a considerable amount of dust.

What Do Teachers Really Want for Teacher Appreciation Week?

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Jennifer Wolfe

I walked into my classroom this morning a bit groggy and bleary-eyed from a terrific weekend -- a weekend not spent grading or lesson planning, but instead, spent with my daughter on a surprise early Mother's Day weekend visit.

Make Like A Sponge!

Lillian Sims | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Lillian Sims

I always had the feeling that she might have easily been a great writer or leader in any field, but somehow decided to stay in the same classroom for as many years as I have known her, patiently prying young brains with a methodical, calm, questioning style.

Students: Find Your Passion

Emily K. Genser | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Emily K. Genser

My hope for you is that you realize that all of the pressure of this year, all of the stressors and worries, have set you up to succeed wherever you land. It is up to you to find the career that will make you genuinely happy.

Mindfulness and Those Teachable Moments

Susie Wolbe | Posted 05.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Susie Wolbe

As an educator I have learned that there's nothing quite like those teachable moments. The lesson is planned and organized, the topic has been intr...

Schools That Teach to the Arts, Not to the Test

Peter Mandel | Posted 05.01.2015 | Education
Peter Mandel

With all the pushback these days against standardized testing, and with so much talk about how kids from different backgrounds learn differently, you'd think we'd have a country sprinkled with schools that dedicate themselves to injecting the arts into education.

This 11 Year Old Child Will Never Again Say, "I Can't Read."

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 05.01.2015 | Good News
Arlene Nisson Lassin

It is Teacher Appreciation Week from May 4 through May 8. I was a reading specialist a long time ago, but wrote about this miraculous experience shortly after it happened.

#Teaching Is...Complicated

Nancy Barile | Posted 05.01.2015 | Education
Nancy Barile

What is teaching to me? At this moment, #TeachingIs annoying, aggravating, frustrating, and exhausting. Today #TeachingIs Isabelle walking into my cl...

How One Startup Figured Out What Could Really Help Deaf People

Steve Blank | Posted 05.01.2015 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Thibault was driven to solve a very personal problem -- he grew up in a deaf family, the only one who could hear. His team project was to provide automated aids for the hearing impaired.

My Fifth-Grade Teacher

Barack Obama | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Barack Obama

I credit my education to Ms. Mabel Hefty just as much as I would any institution of higher learning. When I entered Ms. Hefty's fifth-grade class at Punahou School in the fall of 1971, I was just a kid with a funny name in a new school, feeling a little out of place, hoping to fit in like anyone else.

The Wonderful School

Liz Madans | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Liz Madans

Yes, every classroom is different, and every school is different. It is like chasing a tigertail, trying to pin down what is wrong today. But at their heart, doesn't every school want to be a wonderful school?