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

Monica Stevens-Kirby | Posted 06.20.2016 | 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 06.18.2016 | 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 06.17.2016 | 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 06.15.2016 | 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 11.30.2016 | 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 06.12.2016 | 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 06.10.2016 | 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 06.08.2016 | 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 06.09.2016 | 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 06.09.2016 | 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 06.05.2016 | 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 06.05.2016 | 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 06.05.2016 | 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.

Why We Need To Do More To Retain Teachers

JP Fugler | Posted 06.03.2016 | Education
JP Fugler

I have watched fellow educators, my friends, walk into the classroom ready to take on the challenge only to walk out defeated. I am not prideful enough to assume that the same could not happen to me. It's not that teachers are looking for a reason to leave. America, we're looking for a reason to stay.

The Power of Prayer and Meditation

Catherine Nagle | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Considering what I'd been through, I would rather die than go back to the way I'd lived before; it had been sheer hell for me. But perhaps I'd had to experience hell to know peace.

Summer Vacation, Teacher Style

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 06.01.2016 | Education
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

From the first day I accepted the esteemed title of educator, I recall taking the hits from my peers and family members who were unable to take advantage of the same summer vacation schedule I inherited.

What It Means to Be a 'Proficient' Teacher?

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 05.29.2016 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

Imagine if instead of introducing ourselves by the number of years we have taught, we introduced ourselves as the number of students we have helped educate and prepare for life? How would the discourse surrounding public education change if we focused on these outcomes as opposed to simply a matter of attrition or number of years in the classroom?

6 Things Rarely Discussed in College Education Courses That Will Be Keys to Your Teaching Career

D. A. Russell | Posted 05.29.2016 | Education
D. A. Russell

It is hard to answer the question: "What advice would you give a new teacher?" The problem is that all teachers, even those of us who are most passionate about teaching, have a love-hate relationship with our jobs.

Will Justin Bieber Become a Teacher?

Dan Butin | Posted 05.29.2016 | Education
Dan Butin

I had a dream last night that Justin Bieber visited my class. And offered the most powerful lesson any future teacher could hear.

Giving Chances Can Lead to Unknown Benefits

S. L. Young | Posted 05.27.2016 | Education
S. L. Young

Each of my college students - upon request - has an opportunity to receive individual feedback about their class performance beyond grade assignment at the end of each semester.

What's in Your Mindful Toolbox? A Pause/PAWS

Bonnie Levine, MA | Posted 05.27.2016 | Impact
Bonnie Levine, MA

Exhilarating and exhausting, classroom teaching is a daily adventure. Each moment is filled with an eternal mixture of instruction, learning and emotion. Times that by the number of children in the room and well, there is always a lot going on.

Teachers: Stop Complimenting Your Students

Matthew Dicks | Posted 05.27.2016 | Education
Matthew Dicks

As an elementary school teacher, I have made it my policy for more than a decade to avoid commenting on a student's physical appearance. These comments, even when positive, can be damaging and hurtful to kids.

Buying and Selling Hope, One Student At A Time

Shanna Peeples | Posted 05.25.2016 | Education
Shanna Peeples

When you see students walk the stage at graduation this year, know that behind them is an invisible line of men and women who helped each one to buy hope for themselves and to bet on a future that needs their talent.

How to Save a Life

Hilal Isler | Posted 05.22.2016 | Education
Hilal Isler

By the time I turned thirteen, I had attended five schools, in four cities, on three continents. My parents were professors who had me late in life and, perhaps because of this, I am an only child.

When a 'Good Enough' Higher Education Isn't Good Enough

Dan Butin | Posted 05.21.2016 | College
Dan Butin

Technology offers us the chance to provide a "good enough" education. While the new and shiny model of online learning is incredibly powerful for the transmission model of education, it stinks at the transformational model of education.