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2 Great Exercises to Help Kids Love Creative Writing

Brett Murphy Hunt | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education
Brett Murphy Hunt

For some of my students, writing is their passion. For others? Not so much. Since tutoring sessions are usually set amounts of time, there are occasionally opportunities where the mandatory work is done and a bit of fun can be had. Creative writing exercises are always a go-to choice.

Great Teaching Is The Real Test

Nicholas Simmons | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Nicholas Simmons

In math, our students do extraordinarily well not because we teach them how to take a test, but because our teachers guide them to fall in love with problem-solving.

Stop and Be a Child Again

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.22.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Children are always in the moment. Watching them reminds us what it felt like when we were kids. We played too, we had fun, we were spontaneously in the moment... and we laughed. You remember that, right?

Moving Beyond MOOCS

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Steven M. Gillon

In many ways, we have a romanticized view of college. Popular portrayals of a typical classroom show a handful of engaged students sitting attentively around a small seminar table while their Harrison Ford-like professor shares their wisdom about the world.

Tips on How to Be the Best Youth Soccer Coach

Quora | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Quora

Organize your practices (Every player should have a ball, marked with the player's name, and be responsible for bringing it to practice. Coach brings the pump).

Reflections on the 2015 International Summit on the Teaching Profession

Teach Plus | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

As exciting as all this was, where were the teachers in these conversations? Many of us felt that we were invited because we actively lead in our schools, communities, and countries, and we expected to have a similar role at ISTP. We felt stifled in the exchange. So, in true teacher form, we didn't give up.

In the Weeds

Harriet Sanford | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Harriet Sanford

Through an innovative aquaponics program that teaches students about healthy eating and entrepreneurship, it's at the heart of a sustainable future for Fernwood's students and their neighborhood.

The Technology That's Giving Students With Autism a Greater Voice

Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology

Last year, Hanna Rosin, a well-known journalist for the Atlantic, wrote an article about her son’s Asperger's diagnosis. He lived with this label fo...

This Teacher Is Using Fairy Tales To Show Students What Gender Equality Looks Like

HuffPost Brazil | Andrea Martinelli | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents

Who said every princess needs a prince? Who said a princess can be kissed in her sleep? Who said true love only exists between a prince and a prince...

Felony Teaching

Joel Judd | Posted 04.17.2015 | Denver
Joel Judd

However much tests cost, they are vastly less expensive than adequately funding education. This is a great advantage to those who favor appearance over substance.

Don't You Quit

Emily K. Genser | Posted 04.16.2015 | Education
Emily K. Genser

Teachers, feel free to get angry at the changes coming our way. Rage at the initiatives, and the meetings, and the lack of understanding of all you do, which comes at you from all sides. But know that your colleagues all over the country stand with you.

In Defense of Success Academy

Nicholas Simmons | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Nicholas Simmons

The Success Network is experimenting with ways to unburden teachers. Yet even with these innovative supports, the job is difficult, and many facets of the model still need improvement for teachers and students alike.

Unnecessarily Difficult to Give-Back and Provide Low Cost Educational Options

S. L. Young | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
S. L. Young

A little less than 1 in 5.3 (19%) students nationally don't graduate high school, per the U.S. Department of Education's most recent data (2012). This number represents approximately 1 in 6.7 (15%) Whites; 1 in 4.2 (24%) Hispanics; 1 in 3.1 (32%) Blacks; 1 in 14.3 (7%) Asian/Pacific Islanders; 1 in 3.1 (32%) American Indian/Alaska Natives.

Test Smarter

Teach Plus | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Annual testing is valuable, but students deserve a system that protects them from unnecessary, redundant tests. Congress should ensure that the SMART Act is included in the final ESEA bill that it sends to the president, because this will make us all smarter educators and give us additional time to make our students learn smarter.

To the Dance Mom Who Is Embarrassed by her Daughter

Amanda Trusty | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Amanda Trusty

Never, in all my years, and by that I mean the past decade of teaching, choreographing, and performing with children, have I ever judged YOU by your child's abilities.

Dear New Professional Working Mom

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 04.14.2015 | Parents
Stacey Steinberg

As a new mom, I resented my law degree. I resented the responsibility and the expectation it placed on me. But for the first time in a long while, I am grateful to be an attorney. I am grateful to have a profession.

As ESEA Turns 50, the Fate of Our Most Vulnerable Students Hangs in the Balance

Teach Plus | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

An important part of the answer of why we test is this: to provide useful data for teachers about students' progress. I use data from my students' assessments to inform and improve my instruction so that my students learn more, and so that, in turn, I grow as a professional.

3 Reasons Why You Should Never Send a Kid to a Dictionary to Look Up the Spelling of a Word

Matthew Dicks | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Matthew Dicks

As an elementary school teacher for 17 years, I have been asked for the spelling of a word hundreds, if not thousands, of times. Every time I have been asked -- without exception -- I have given my student the spelling of the word. Happily.

Following the Child

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 04.10.2015 | Education
Amber Nichols-Buckley

Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator, once said, "Follow the child, they will show you what they need to do, what they need to develop in themselves."

How to Handle the Tough Questions During a Presentation

Quora | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Quora

You're asking for a "crafty way to dodge a question," but that really is one of the stupidest things a person can do. Audiences can see right through it and will lose confidence in your qualification to be speaking to them and they will lose respect for you. DON'T DO IT.

31 Lessons I Teach My Students That Aren't in the Curriculum

Matthew Dicks | Posted 04.09.2015 | Education
Matthew Dicks

Never, ever ask a woman if she is pregnant. Old people have lots and lots of good stuff to say. "I'm sorry. I made a mistake. I won't do that again," is always the best first response to any trouble you may be in.

Here's How We Can Reinvent the Classroom for the Digital Age

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 04.09.2015 | Education
Vivek Wadhwa

I am not talking about the much-hyped massive open online courses. I am talking about a complete transformation of the way teaching is done, with the computer taking the role of the lecturer, the teacher becoming a coach, and students taking responsibility for their own learning.

Grade-Span Tests Are Not the Answer

Teach Plus | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Congress can ensure a better future for our kids by reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with language that empowers schools to limit redundant benchmarking assessments, maintains annual standardized tests for third through eighth grade, and changes the stakes to offer more support to teachers serving students with the greatest needs.

Herding Cats...er Kids

Lynda Freeman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Good News
Lynda Freeman

As a retired elementary school teacher I sometimes do substitute teaching. I do this because I like being with kids and also enjoy the extra spending money I earn that takes me on trips.

Does Anyone in Education Reform Care if Teaching Is a Profession?

Daniel Katz | Posted 04.06.2015 | Education
Daniel Katz

Reformers act as if they believe that teaching is something you do in your twenties when you are idealistic and want to "give something back" -- and then you move on to a "real career" in some other sector.