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Justin Aion: Why Do We Send Kids to School?

A Teacher Like You | Posted 10.08.2015 | Education
A Teacher Like You

You don't get into teaching for the glory. I don't drive my Ferrari to school and then peel out after the bus to go home and swim in my pool of money. We're here to glorify our students, to show the work that they've done and how much better they are than they were yesterday.

Confessions of an Ineffective Teacher

Jonathan J. Doll, PhD | Posted 10.07.2015 | Education
Jonathan J. Doll, PhD

It seems like we as a nation put teachers through a cycle of professional development and improvement so that they can become excellent teachers. And we hope this works. At the same time, the responsibility is on all of us (leaders, teachers, and even our students) to help make this process works.

Warriors of Kindness

Shanna Peeples | Posted 10.07.2015 | Education
Shanna Peeples

This takes tremendous bravery. It's very hard to be the welcoming one, especially when you don't feel welcomed back. It's very hard to be the forgiving and the accepted one when you don't get that extended to you. But that's why we aspire to be warriors.

Make Time for Rhyme

Susan B. Katz | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Susan B. Katz

I grew up on a diet of books by the master rhymer, Dr. Seuss. I devoured Green Eggs and Ham, the Sneetches and that crazy cat on the loose. As a teacher for 20 years, I did lots of rug read alouds. Rhyme sure does please the little listener crowds.

Boy Talk at Recess: Pokemon, Light Sabers, and Things That Go Boom

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 10.06.2015 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

As a parent, my heart sank when I got the email at the end of my day. It read, "Re: Son's Bad Choices." It was from my son's classroom teacher and it chronicled my 9-year old's decision to use his parent-led classroom art time to express his recent interest in morbid-talk.

The Dyslexic Advantage: Our Hidden Revolution

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 10.05.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

I am writing this post flying back to the west coast after attending the 3rd Annual Conference, renamed Dyslexia and Innovation, run by The Dyslexic Advantage, the non-profit founded by the authors, and supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

Does Empathy Matter in the Classroom?

Amber Kane | Posted 10.02.2015 | Education
Amber Kane

Sitting in a classroom of high school students, overhearing their conversations that are filled with gossip and unkind words, "I can't take it anymore... that's enough." That only stops the unkindness for a moment, it needs to change, and the words need to be understood.

Teach Kids to Identify Feelings: Easy DIY Tutorial and Activity to Help Young Children Express Their Emotions

Alicia Gonzalez | Posted 10.02.2015 | Parents
Alicia Gonzalez

Remember when your children used to come up to you, give you an energetic poke in the thigh to get your attention, and point? We identified the object they were pointing at, named it for them, and sometimes even let them have it!

Violins of Hope

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 10.02.2015 | Arts
Ann V. Klotz

As I watch the Cleveland Orchestra members take their places and tune their instruments, some decorated with inlaid Jewish stars, I think about the lives of those who perished, each one a person with a family, each one loved, each one trained to play the violin.

Q&A With the Masterminds Behind MasterClass

Heather Hummel | Posted 10.01.2015 | Arts
Heather Hummel

Celebrities and public figures are often thought of as "untouchable." If you're lucky, you'll run into one at the airport or a restaurant and get an autograph or selfie with them.

Beale Street Talks, Vol. 3

Gabriel James Bump | Posted 09.30.2015 | Arts
Gabriel James Bump

Nowadays it's not uncommon to hear the phrase "black girls are magic," but Sailor Moon was the first time I ever really felt that there was something in me, as a girl who would grow up to be a woman, that was powerful.

Duke University Hopes To Inspire Teacher Retention With A House Full Of New Educators

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.25.2015 | College

Spending time with his roommates and watching “Parks and Recreation” makes Benton Wise a better teacher. Wise, a high school social studie...

Nikki Bollerman: Wishing for a Change

A Teacher Like You | Posted 09.24.2015 | Education
A Teacher Like You

I've been teaching for five years now, and I feel like my philosophy on education changes every year. But one thing that hasn't changed is the simple fact that I love my kids and I want what's best for them.

LGBTQ Literature Creates Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

When LGBTQ literature is taught, read and analyzed in the community college English classroom, the clear message is that it is important enough to study and to include in the curriculum; therefore, LGBTQ people must be important enough to be considered as human beings and citizens.

Keeping Each Other Warm

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We can't lose sight of how many families may not even have pajamas to change into - how many children sleep in their clothes. How many families feel a cold that comes from neglect and loneliness. The change in weather only amplifies their chill.

The Lessons I Learned From Being Stabbed

Eliot M. Wagonheim | Posted 09.22.2015 | Good News
Eliot M. Wagonheim

To this day, I don't even remember what it was about. I didn't have a knife, but that didn't seem to matter. I was stabbed just the same. Twice. Once through my shoulder and once in the abdomen. I lay down in the street until my sister was able to help me home.

Fostering Grit in Today's Students, Classrooms and Schools

Peter Hutton | Posted 09.21.2015 | Education
Peter Hutton

For too many schools, it seems that their main goal is to make kids good students, a skill and a mindset useful 40 years ago, but not today. Who says, "When I grow up I want to be a good student?" No one.

Family Dysfuntionality: How Does It Affect The Children?

Diana Grycan | Posted 09.21.2015 | Parents
Diana Grycan

I encourage adults to be mindful about their behavior in front of children. The aggression they witness can sometimes become a part of who they are later on. Families often seem to have some level of dysfunction, but it is the those who are mindful of the imprinting that takes place who have the best results!

Sharon Clark: A Different Kind of Success

A Teacher Like You | Posted 09.17.2015 | Education
A Teacher Like You

As teachers, we have what we have. Of course I wish that things were different, but I have to do my best with what I'm given. Parents don't wake up and try to send you the toughest kid at their house just to aggravate you.

7 Strategies To Survive As An Introverted Teacher

Quiet Revolution | Alice Bradley | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living

I am an introvert who spends his days interacting with 140 seventh and eighth graders. Noise and chaos often overwhelm me although I believe that bot...

This 500-Person Town is Leading on Education

Ethan Senack | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Ethan Senack

Now, in the sphere of higher education, we often talk about the potential for OER to save students billions of dollars in textbook costs, but what's happened at Williamsfield since the switch reveals that the value of OER over traditional learning materials extends far beyond the difference in price.

The Reason I Chose to Homeschool My Kids Has Nothing to Do With Teachers

Melissa Roy | Posted 09.14.2015 | Education
Melissa Roy

When I go on about why we choose to homeschool, I just want my teacher friends and readers to know: this is not about you. I know the hard work you put in to your job and the amazing people you are.

Confusing Religion in a Nutshell

Gary Laderman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Religion
Gary Laderman

How better to prepare students for the real world they will finally enter after decades of education than to speak honestly and knowledgeably about the unpredictability, instability, and variability of religious expressions?

Teaching: Why I Stay

Kristy L. Moore | Posted 09.11.2015 | Education
Kristy L. Moore

For the tenth time in my life, I've finished prepping my classroom for a new school year. Sitting back admiring my masterpiece, I can't help but think to myself, it would be so much easier to quit right now.

What Teachers Aren't Learning

Teach Plus | Posted 09.10.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Student ownership of emotions is the goal, but often children become frustrated because they cannot explain their feelings. Making emotional vocabulary available in the classroom helps.