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Lisa Holton Talks Common Core on Mondays with Marlo

Posted 07.02.2015 | MarloThomas

Lisa Holton, President of Classroom, Inc., stopped by Mondays with Marlo to discuss the successes and controversies linked with Common Core. Lisa expl...

A Call to Teach

Erin Parker | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Erin Parker

Teaching is living with your heart on fire. While your heart is sometimes broken from listening to gut wrenching stories of tragedy and hardship from kids you love, it's also swollen with pride when watching those very same kids succeed in ways they never thought possible.

In Case You Don't Know What Great Teaching Looks Like

Vicki Cobb | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Vicki Cobb

I recently attended the 21st Century Children's Nonfiction Conference where the conversation encompassed all things nonfiction from writing it to publishing it to teaching it. What interested me most was what I knew least. How can gifted teachers use nonfiction in the classroom?

How Can Every Student Reach Their Learning Capacity?

Posted 06.30.2015 | MarloThomas

Lisa Holton, President of Classroom, Inc., stopped by Mondays with Marlo to discuss the successes and controversies of Common Core. One aspect of Comm...

Who Does Not Like Common Core?

Posted 07.02.2015 | MarloThomas

Lisa Holton, President of Classroom, Inc., stopped by Mondays with Marlo to discuss the successes and controversies of Common Core. Common Core has re...

Do Video Games Help Kids Learn?

Posted 06.29.2015 | MarloThomas

Lisa Holton, President of Classroom, Inc., stopped by Mondays with Marlo to discuss the successes and controversies of Common Core. One aspect of Comm...

What Are Common Core Standards?

Posted 06.29.2015 | MarloThomas

Lisa Holton, President of Classroom, Inc., stopped by Mondays with Marlo to discuss the successes and controversies of Common Core. One aspect of Comm...

Why Is Technology So Addictive To Kids?

Posted 07.02.2015 | MarloThomas

Lisa Holton, President of Classroom, Inc., stopped by Mondays with Marlo to discuss the successes and controversies of Common Core. One problem that e...

How Do Reality Games Help With Your Child's Learning?

Posted 06.29.2015 | MarloThomas

Lisa Holton, President of Classroom, Inc., stopped by Mondays with Marlo to discuss the successes and controversies of Common Core. One aspect of Comm...

Am I Really Privileged Simply Because I Am White?

Natalie Holm | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Natalie Holm

It is on us, white folks, to show our minority friends, acquaintances and even strangers over and over that we can be trusted. It does not matter whether we want this power dynamic to exist--it's there.

You Graduated... Now, What? (10 Steps to Building Your Life on Purpose)

Mark W. Guay | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education
Mark W. Guay

I watched as my students picked up their cap and gown and carried it in their arms like a newborn baby. I smiled, said a few last words of encouragement, then asked, "You graduated... now what?"

What Are Schools For

Amber Kane | Posted 06.23.2015 | Education
Amber Kane

Schools need to reframe failure. School should be the safe place where students learn to fail. Where they learn to ask questions, search for answers, make mistakes, course correct and try again. If you don't learn to fail in school, where will you learn.

Learning to Swim Again: Triumph, Tragedy and 45 Years in the Deep End

Monica Stevens-Kirby | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Monica Stevens-Kirby

Every morning, I drive off a winding main road. I tip my wheels onto the red Georgia clay-mud over emerald grass-blades. My daughter and I flip-flop down the driveway, pointing at and naming garden statues and lush flowers, the pines tilt to sweet shade.

It's the Last Day of School, and My Students Aren't Leaving?

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Jennifer Wolfe

For teachers, the last day of school is about both endings and beginnings. It's a celebration and a sniffle of what we're leaving behind. It's more than just hurry up, get inside, close the door, sign yearbooks and you're off.

Staying at It, Letting Go

Stanley Ely | Posted 06.18.2015 | Fifty
Stanley Ely

My father and I were of different stripes. He, for instance, would have pleased an investment adviser friend of mine who bemoans the fact that "no one saves these days."

Kindergarten Readiness, Part 1

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.16.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Most families know that early childhood education is critical for later school success. But most don't know which social/behavioral and early academic "kindergarten readiness" abilities and knowledge children should have by the time they are old enough to enter kindergarten.

I'm a Teacher, and I Do Whatever It Takes to Make the Hunger Go Away

Elizabeth Mach | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Mach

I once spent $5 on lottery tickets out of desperation, despite knowing as a math teacher that the probability of winning was essentially zero. But I teach, hoping that it will get better for me, for my students, and for my own kid who falls into that strange not-rich, not-poor-enough no man's land. There is no middle class that we fit into.

Bridging the Critical Gap Between Middle and High School

Teach Plus | Posted 06.12.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

The transition from middle to high school is a critical inflection point, and students who fall behind in ninth grade are at great risk of dropping out. That is why I support the Middle School Success and High School Graduation Initiative Amendment, which aims to provide struggling schools with tools to help students bridge this gap.

Call Me Mr. Bennett: First Names, Last Names, Respect, and Diversity

Frank H. Wu | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Frank H. Wu

The more I take on the responsibility to lead diverse groups, the more I am aware of the importance of perceptions, symbols and subtleties, and the more I am skeptical of abstract rules. We often fail to communicate what we intend, without fault.

Campus Citizens, Not Just Customers

Jay Halfond | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Jay Halfond

Given the exorbitant cost of a higher education, students are often viewed as consumers, seeking tangible payoff for their sizeable investment. Students do need to be careful and calculating in how they choose their educational path.

What I Wish I Could Write In My Students' Yearbooks

Kristy L. Moore | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Kristy L. Moore

How can I summarize, Student, everything you have meant to me over the past eight months in just one little yearbook blurb? I have put so much energy into you -- into being able to teach you to the best of my ability. Yes, I will sign your yearbook. And I will never forget you.

Kindness Every Day

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Every day all of us have opportunities to be kind, to offer a small gesture of comfort or a word of hope or encouragement to those we know well, and those we are meeting for the first time.

An Ode to a Teacher's Summer Vacation

JP Fugler | Posted 06.05.2015 | Education
JP Fugler

Every June, I suffer from what I call a teacher hangover. It sticks around for about a week. There are some telltale signs that I have yet again succumbed to the condition.

13 Ways to Be an Exceptional Teacher

Marya Jan | Posted 06.05.2015 | Education
Marya Jan

The one who influenced you the most: the one who had maximum impact: the one who brought out the best in you and made you think you could do anything you set your mind to. Made you feel special.

Looking for the Perfect Gift for Your Child's Teacher? This Is Better Than Perfect.

Matthew Dicks | Posted 06.05.2015 | Education
Matthew Dicks

I am often asked about the appropriate gift to give your child's teacher around the holidays or at the end of the school year. After almost two decades as an elementary school teacher, here are some thoughts.