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Four Marks of Lasting Genius

Ted Harro | Posted 07.07.2013 | Business
Ted Harro

We know the black bear Yellow Yellow was a genius. What will only become clear with time is whether she was more than a genius. Was she also a teacher?

From School Reform to Reform School

Patricia McGuire | Posted 07.07.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Allocating one day out of 180 days of teaching to celebrate teachers when they are put down the rest of the year is just patronizing. If we really want to honor and celebrate teachers, let's show them some respect, support and encouragement.

Teacher Appreciation: Is One Week a Year Enough?

Amy Weisberg, M.Ed. | Posted 07.06.2013 | Los Angeles
Amy Weisberg, M.Ed.

Teacher Appreciation Week is a week teachers look forward to and treasure but more frequent acts of appreciation and gratitude would be a welcome addition

In Praise of Non-traditional Teachers

Fahad Hassan | Posted 07.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Fahad Hassan

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI want to bring special attention to the "non-traditional" teachers we've all had that are often the unsung heroes of our lives. I'm talking about our coaches, mentors, friends, and even our first few bosses who hired us for all those summer internships.

Secure Students' Hearts, Or You Don't Have A Shot At Their Brains

Angela Maiers | Posted 05.04.2013 | TED Weekends
Angela Maiers

My engagement usually has an official sounding title. I conduct "walk-throughs" and "technology audits," and advise on "best practices for technology integration." So what is the first piece of advice I offer to every group of educators I advise?

Reflecting On Teacher Relationships

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.04.2013 | TED Weekends
C. M. Rubin

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgDuring the course of my son's elementary and secondary school education, he has been able to forge warm and in some cases life-changing relationships with remarkable teachers.

Going to Oz

Liz Madans | Posted 07.03.2013 | Books
Liz Madans

In the month between an epic Odyssey study and Julius Caesar, my 105 seniors and I are "doing" poetry. It's three months before graduation.

My First Teacher-Coach: High Expectations That Changed My World

Carol J. Carter | Posted 07.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Carol J. Carter

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen we think back on the most influential teacher-student relationships, it might very well be with the charismatic, welcoming, and dedicated teacher that Rita Pierson is. However, my biggest academic influence was less traditional.

Teaching And Learning In Darkness And Light

Larry Strauss | Posted 07.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Larry Strauss

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHe was the only openly gay student I'd ever taught, and I admired him for having the courage to stand up to a pretty homophobic culture in South L.A., but otherwise he made no impression on me. He seemed, not surprisingly, content to be invisible -- and I'm ashamed to say that I was content to let him be.

WATCH: How A Teacher Encouraged Her Students With An 'F'

Rita F. Pierson | Posted 07.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Rita F. Pierson

2013-05-02-piersonpullIn the spring of my career, I found myself questioning the choice of my life's work. The students did not appear to be motivated, the paperwork was overwhelming and the constant change of educational direction was discouraging. But, I just could not seem bring myself to do anything else.

Discovering the Gift of a Learning Disability

Gary Karton | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Gary Karton

When I had kids, I promised myself that I would do everything in my power to encourage them to love reading. I knew firsthand that lectures wouldn't work. They didn't work on me. Instead, for the first time in my life, I embraced reading.

Giving Students the Gift of a Prosperous Professional Future

Keith Peden | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Keith Peden

If the United States is going to produce the kind of qualified professionals that the job market demands, industry leaders must continue to donate their time to cultivating STEM passions in local student bodies.

Minimum Amount of Grades Per Week? Good in Theory, Often Bad in Practice

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Andrew K. Miller

An arbitrary number is not going to support student achievement and teacher practice; focus on a best practice is. Instead of focusing on quantity of assessments, let's focus on quality of assessment practices.

Teaching English in Asia Opened a New World for a Bored Teacher

Quia Querisma | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Quia Querisma

Educator and jewelry designer Kamara Coaxum felt like she was dying. After toiling away for years as a teacher in Tampa, Fla., she needed a way to break away from a life that was pretty uneventful.

What Should Young Writers Read?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.15.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

Dan Chaon was recently taken to task in Salon for suggesting that young writers read literary fiction. Why? Because it's "terrible." But Chaon wasn't recommending that young writers read only literary fiction. His advice was actually more specific than that.

Math Made Visual: Teaching Numbers with Pictures

Matthew Peterson | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact
Matthew Peterson

When I was young, I struggled with math. It was always taught in a language-heavy way, and I'm dyslexic, so that didn't work out too well for me. Eventually, my dad tried something that got me over those language barriers. He drew pictures of what the words and the symbols were trying to convey.

Don't Save My Students... Teach Them

Dan Butin | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Dan Butin

We of course must understand that our students do not walk in as blank slates through the classroom door. Indeed, we cannot be good teachers unless we understand that schools are always already part of their local communities.

What Are You Here to Teach?

Tara Sophia Mohr | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Tara Sophia Mohr

Today I'm delighted to bring you a conversation with my friend and mentor, Jen Louden. Jen's work has spanned many topics dear to my heart: women and comfort, retreating, creativity and writing.

8 Things I Wish Your Kids Knew About Autism | Posted 06.04.2013 | Parents

When you talk to your kids about autism, please take that extra step and mention not just how people with autism are different from people without it -- talk about how they're the same, too. To get you started, here are 10 things I wish everyone's kids knew about autism:

Teaching Students to Do Good Well

Jennifer Przybylo | Posted 04.04.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Przybylo

There is a critical need to incorporate the fundamentals of civic and community engagement into K-12 education. Students should possess the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle the problems and to work with others to produce real, lasting societal change.

20 Ways to Enjoy Free Online Learning and Classes: MOOCs and More

Scott Steinberg | Posted 06.04.2013 | College
Scott Steinberg

Here's a look at several of the best websites, services and solutions that can help you tap into the benefits these online lectures and lessons offer.

Social Justice in the Classroom: Not Always the Easiest Lesson

Holly Spinelli | Posted 06.04.2013 | Impact
Holly Spinelli

"Tears are tears," Gloria Steinem said. The profound message in that small phrase pertained to each of us, because all of us, no matter our differences, experience struggle. This is a powerful lesson we can teach all of our students.

Everything Matters

Kim Kelly | Posted 06.01.2013 | New York
Kim Kelly

When I feel the frustration building, when I cringe or fume, I will seize the moment as a possibility for change, rather than one of failure.

Why We Must Learn From the Learners

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 05.28.2013 | Impact
Marcus T. Wright

Are we talking to the digital natives to get an understanding of why they are so interested in that cell phone that we think is a distraction in the classroom? The answer may be deeper and more complex than "Oh, they just like to be on that silly Facebook."

'I Love It When You're Wrong'

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 05.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

I had hoped that my time in D.C. working on the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) would go unnoticed while I took time off to teach in Korea. Google is my enemy, however, and my co-workers had a decent idea of who I am before I even stepped off the plane.