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Beyond the Hype: Using Super Bowl Commercials to Teach Teens

Emily Long | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact
Emily Long

Watching the Super Bowl commercials this year, I kept asking myself if perhaps, finally, we've won. Of course when I say "we" I mean any non-white, non-male American, and by "won" I mean that we were not the butt of every cheap joke

Poetry at Stake

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.09.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Poetry has the logic of memory, the spontaneity of dreams, yet is much like calculus--each line is, in a sense, an asymptote composed of and continu...

Considering Teach for America? Stay longer than two years.

Lauren Boyle | Posted 02.08.2016 | Education
Lauren Boyle

This past weekend, over 15,000 past, present and prospective Teach for America corps members met in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 25th anniversary...

As A Teacher, This Is What I Regret Most

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 02.05.2016 | Education
Linda DeMers Hummel

This is the life of a teacher. Once in a while, you get stories like the one Marcus is telling me. He is all grown up, with children of his own. But he still remembers what you said. You write a long apology back, and you hope maybe he will forgive you.

Why I Teach Young Women About Amy Schumer

Naomi Katz | Posted 02.03.2016 | Women
Naomi Katz

Amy Schumer's comedy is not an example of a woman finding success in a men's world. It is an example of a woman defining success, reclaiming a language of realism for women by expressing her truth.

Being a Nurse Helped Prepare Me for Motherhood

Kimberly Starr | Posted 02.04.2016 | Parents
Kimberly Starr

If you get a group of nurses talking, we'll start telling stories. And suddenly, it'll be three hours later and we're all laughing and crying at the stories. It's the same way being a mom -- only it's my kids instead of someone else's.

Five Ways to Be a Great Mentor

Karen Frankola | Posted 02.02.2016 | Business
Karen Frankola

If one of your goals is to be a better mentor, you can find a lot of standard advice such as listen well and stay open-minded. But I think the best way to inspire great mentoring is by describing a man who excels at it.

On the Impossibility of Teaching Creative Writing

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Have you ever heard of a tipperau? This is the first thing I ask my composition and creative writing students when I walk into a classroom on day on...

A Conversation About Single Parenting: Advice on How Teachers and Others Can Help Make a Difference

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 01.29.2016 | Education
Patricia Leavy, PhD

We recently came together as two mothers to discuss the stereotypes faced by single parents, single mothers in particular, and the additional stereotypes faced by Black single mothers.

Who Knew What We Would Find

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Unexpected turns of fate happen every day ... One day something propels us off our path and we find ourselves in a whole new world ... something w...

In My Classroom, I Play Favorites, and You Should too

Debra Richardson | Posted 01.26.2016 | Education
Debra Richardson

I don't give them easier assignments, give unearned grades, or make excuses for bad behavior. I do, however, make accommodations based on their needs and the needs of my classroom.

It's Time To Bank on Relationship: A New Way To Reach ALL Kids

Calvalyn Day | Posted 01.26.2016 | Education
Calvalyn Day

I wonder what would happen if instead of complaining about today's kids, and blaming them for their shortcomings we spent a little more time connecting with them, building relationship.

I Don't Like Poetry, I'm Not a Poetry Person

Tara Skurtu | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Every time I hear someone say "I don't like poetry," or "I'm not a poetry person," I think the opposite is true. I believe everyone is a poetry person. Poetry is just a form of storytelling, and we're born to tell stories.

Donald Trump: Do Your Homework!

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Lev Raphael

English teachers everywhere know when students haven't done the required reading for a class. You'll ask the most basic question and a student will hesitate, equivocate, try not to answer, maybe re-frame the question, or just shift ground entirely.

Testing the Teacher

Shanna Peeples | Posted 01.16.2016 | Education
Shanna Peeples

I'm not even good at math, but here's my statistical probability prediction: Where, what, and who you teach will show similar patterns of "successful" and "failing" schools and teachers across your district.

Here Are The Most And Least Paid Teachers In The World

Tom Ostapchuk | Posted 01.13.2016 | Education
Tom Ostapchuk

We took the global teacher salary data and compared it to the number of teaching hours worked annually for the same countries to find out which teachers were working the most for their pay. Even the education industry has a 1 percent.

The Deplorable Learning Conditions Of Detroit Public Schools Are Unethical, Not Our Protests

Pam Namyslowski | Posted 01.13.2016 | Education
Pam Namyslowski

Mr. Earley, you accuse us of drowning out the voices of our students. You stated we are "using students as pawns to advance a political position." You have it backwards. The recent action of teachers is not an attempt to drown out the voices of the students. It is an attempt to finally make their voices heard.

Does Theory Matter in Learning to Teach?

Peter Cipparone | Posted 01.14.2016 | Education
Peter Cipparone

Asking teachers to learn the work of teaching on the job does a disservice to the students in our classroom. But I've come around to believing that theory matters too.

Falling on My Face

Shanna Peeples | Posted 01.12.2016 | Education
Shanna Peeples

Education is set into hierarchies that ultimately hurt us. In my brief travels as National Teacher of the Year, I've noticed that the schools doing the most interesting creative, relevant and helpful work are those where I can't tell "who's the boss."

I Am a Teacher

Lola Lolita | Posted 01.11.2016 | Education
Lola Lolita

I am a teacher. In an age riddled by the political and corporate takeover and decimation of education, an age in which data collection and standardized tests take precedence, an age in which numbers are more important than people, that's what I need to remember.

5 Things Your Kids Will Always Remember About You

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 01.08.2016 | Parents
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Every moment is another chance to make a memory, and whether or not we realize it, we're creating good or bad memories every day, while indifferent moments just fade away. We all have regrets. It's never too late to make an unforgettable impact.

19 Emotions to Quitting Your Job

Amber Kane | Posted 12.30.2015 | Women
Amber Kane

Artwork by AP Student Darrell Andrews Free When I typed the one sentence that severed my ties from eight years of questioning and doubting myself...

Why All Parents Should Use The Teachings from the Jedi Master in 2016

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 12.30.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Most of us naturally think about the future which often leads to worry and fear, and takes us away from living in the present. The key to living a purposeful and intentional life resides in the present moment. The past is gone and the future has yet to come. Live in the present and choose your words and actions intentionally.

How Experience and Confession Make Teachers and Students Masters

Catherine Nagle | Posted 12.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

I'm really enjoying the gift of Oprah's "Super Soul Sessions" since it helps me to see that I'm still a work in progress and to determine the area...

'I Wish I Never Left'

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.29.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Holiday wishes are a big deal for all of us, but especially for children. And for the children we see, we know how sacred a simple wish can be.