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We're Making Our Kids Miserable in School

Susan Engel | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Susan Engel

By allowing the pursuit of money to guide our educational practices, we have miseducated everyone. But there is an alternative. Some of the most intractable problems in schools could be solved if we replaced money with a different goal, one that would be good for all children, both now and in their futures -- the goal of well-being.

Why 'Your Child Is Not As Gifted As You Think' Is the Worst Thing a Teacher Can Say

Matthew Dicks | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Matthew Dicks

This is not to say that I haven't heard this sentiment expressed many times in my 17 years as a teacher. But whenever I hear a teacher express this idea, I push back immediately, and I push back hard, for three reasons.

Addressing PTSD Among Youth Is Central to Closing the Achievement Gap

Teach Plus | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

As a teacher, I can't do my job effectively if my students' critical mental health needs are not met. The 2008 National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence shows that children are more likely than adults to be exposed to violence and crime. How can we possibly expect youth who are facing debilitating trauma to catch up with their healthier peers without adequate care?

Transforming The Classroom Through The Practice Of Radical Gratitude

Owen Griffith | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education
Owen Griffith

However, gratitude does not make every day perfect in our classroom. I still have bad days, where gratitude is hard to find and everything irritates me. But gratitude does help me to become a better teacher. Even on those challenging days, when I write a gratitude list, I feel a little better.

How Do We Teach Our Children to Be Kind?

Diana Grycan | Posted 03.26.2015 | Parents
Diana Grycan

Every time I pick a paper or magazine to read lately, I seem to find someone who appears to want to tell us about the issue of raising kind children. As much as I believe in teaching values such as kindness to our children, there are a few points that I feel are important to add to this debate.

A Bookstore Holds More Than Just Books

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Bookstores don't only hold books, they hold promises. Promises for new adventures, where new people and characters enter our lives with fascinating stories to tell us.

Does Your Computer Have a Voice?

Janie Emaus | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Janie Emaus

Right then, the computer started calculating. "What's happening?" I asked. "We're getting graded," she explained. "Right now?" My heart chugged in my throat as the seconds ticked by. I covered my eyes with my hands and peeked through my fingers at the little ball circling on the screen.

Formerly Homeless Teacher And Mom Of 3 Gets House Thanks To Internet Donations

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 03.25.2015 | Good News

A once-homeless teacher in San Francisco is now enjoying a roof over her family's head, thanks to the incredible support of the online community. L...

How To Talk To Your Kids About Math (And Why You Need To)

Oscar Fernandez | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Oscar Fernandez

There's a way that we parents can dispel the myth that only smart people do math. And there's also a way that we parents can combat math phobia. The approach requires work on the part of the parent, but hey, what part of parenting doesn't? Here's what I have in mind.

How To Teach Your Kids To Be Grateful In A Rude World

Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living

Since your children were very young, you’ve been engaging in the daily exercise of teaching them manners. You remind them to cover their mouths when...

Teaching Students Happiness and Innovation

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 03.26.2015 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

As educators and parents, we know that our kids will create the future. What skills should they be learning at school and at home to help them along the way? Ferry offers new ways of thinking about parenting and education and the values our children need to attain.

Why I Teach Feminism at an Urban High School

Sarah Marcus | Posted 03.19.2015 | Women
Sarah Marcus

During one of our discussions about gender expectations, one of my senior girls says, "A master key is a key that can open any lock. That's how we treat boys having sex. But, a lock that can be opened by any key is a bad lock. That's how people look at girls." Brilliant. Devastating.

We Can't Stop Now

TNTP | Posted 03.24.2015 | Education
TNTP

Today, we live in an America that has yet to live up to the constitutional rights granted to all of her citizens. What feels like a spate of young black men's deaths at the hands of police is only a relatively small -- and recent -- example of this. The fight for racial equality in this country continues. Teachers -- as they always have -- stand on the front lines.

Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs (As a Teacher) Now That I No Longer Attend One

Alyssa Pinsker | Posted 03.17.2015 | Comedy
Alyssa Pinsker

As a teacher, the instant validation of publishing a burn rant, might provide some flames to the writer and professor's ego. That's why I advise anyone serious about teaching to spend at least a few years learning that craft.

Governor Cuomo 's Political Agenda and His New York Budget Proposal for Education

Andy Schupak | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Andy Schupak

Recently, I interviewed Ms. Susan Singer, a 30-year veteran New York City teacher currently, a kindergarten teacher in Queens and the UFT Chapter Leader in her school.

The Teacher Who Couldn't Read

Owen Griffith | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Owen Griffith

I make a call out to everyone, not just teachers, to volunteer at their local literacy centers. It doesn't take much time, just a little training and a commitment of a couple hours a week. Become part of the solution and make yourself feel really good.

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

Matthew Dicks | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
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.

Why Would You Call Them 'Miracle Schools'?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.13.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A recent online kerfuffle raised the question -- yet again -- of whether it is possible for schools to help children of color and children from low-income homes learn to high standards. I'm always a bit surprised that it's still necessary to have this conversation, but I guess it is.

BAM, BAM, BAM: A Boy, a Chef and a Dream

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

ecently I was thinking about a little boy named Jared who came to live at one of the group homes in Westchester. He was about 5 or 6 years old. We never know the children's back stories, nor their current situations there, except that most of them were orphaned and understandably confused when they first arrive.

The Straw That Broke the Teacher's Back

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Real education reform requires many voices, working on a variety of platforms, and a variety of issues. But the one voice that is consistently missing is the voice of educators. We can change that as a profession.

The Inspiring Professor Who Changed My Life

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.09.2015 | 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.

The Case Against Group Projects: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn From Them

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.06.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

The most successful children are the ones who are able to take responsibility for things only within their area of control-- and let other things go. Easier said then done. In education, this concept can be an exceptionally ambiguous concept when children are asked to work on a group project.

Yearly Testing: A Must-Have for Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 03.05.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

If grade-span testing were to take the place of annual assessments, educators like myself would lose a critical source of data to help us identify the needs of students and make use of every learning moment.

An Open Letter to My Students: I Am Sorry for What I Am About to Do to You

Jessica Lifshitz | Posted 03.05.2015 | Education
Jessica Lifshitz

To all of my precious students: My guess is that all of you will wonder why I am making you take these tests. And the answer is simple. I have to. Our state and federal government say that I have to give these tests to you. That you must take them. And I need you to know how very sorry I am about that.

Teachers Deserve Better

Eric Sheninger | Posted 03.04.2015 | Education
Eric Sheninger

My message is to everyone who has and continues to bash teachers by implementing accountability structures that will do nothing to help our students succeed in life and follow their dreams.