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Teachers' Lounge: The Lifelong Eighth Grader

Teach Plus | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

People think that testing actually proves what kids can do, but the tests are far too limiting in their scopes. So much of the testing only proves whether or not the kids understand the questions on the test.

To Sir With Love, and With Respect

Glen Lineberry | Posted 10.08.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

I'm showing my juniors in American History To Sir With Love, the great 1967 movie written and directed by James Clavell, and starring Sidney Poitier.

From Jail to Harvard: Why Teachers Change the World

Adam Saenz, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education
Adam Saenz, Ph.D.

August has arrived, and you're heading back to the classroom, and all the familiar challenges will meet you there on Day One. Let me encourage you. Your efforts are valued, and what you do truly does matter. I'm living proof.

Why Do We Educate Kids?

Glen Lineberry | Posted 10.05.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

Sure, we want them to have jobs, and the sooner they're trained for them, the better. But we also need an educated citizenry -- to create the new jobs, raise the next generation, and protect the Republic -- and that's why we have public education.

Avoiding Fundraising Fatigue: The Frugal Mom's Guide to Making a Difference

Women & Co | Posted 10.01.2012 | Parents
Women & Co

Don't overextend your family's fundraising efforts this year. Have fun and know your time and resources are both appreciated and making a difference to your school and community.

Is the Silver Bullet a Tic Tac? Improving Education One Mint at a Time (I'm Only Half Joking)

Larry Strauss | Posted 10.01.2012 | Comedy
Larry Strauss

We tell these children to speak up and ask questions -- but what if a teacher's answers contain a dizzying dose of sulfur? You want higher standards for teachers -- how about starting with our breath?

10 Classroom Tips for Your First College Semester

Perry Binder | Posted 09.30.2012 | College
Perry Binder

To me, a college class is just like a Hollywood screenplay, with peaks, valleys, and escalating conflicts along the way.Try to keep in mind though, that professors are actually rooting for you to succeed. When you fail, they fail.

Start Early: Addressing Gender-Based Bullying in Elementary School

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 09.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Helping children understand in the early years of schooling that there is not just one "right" way to be a boy or a girl will open up opportunities for each child to explore their education more fully.

The Case for an Arts-Based Approach to Language Learning

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

Thousands of public schools stopped teaching foreign languages in the first decade of this century. Those that do often struggle to find staff and engaging, affordable resources ... and evidence that their programs are working.

School Starts (Over)

Glen Lineberry | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

One cool thing about teaching is that you get to start fresh every year, either with new students or with students who have matured a bit over the summer, and might have forgotten your screw-ups and grumpy days from last spring.

Open Up Presidential Debates to Third-Party Candidates

Alan Singer | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics
Alan Singer

Maybe some of you are interested in other candidates. Why are the Democrats and Republicans afraid to debate them? Why is the media complicit in keeping them off of the air?

Skills That Pay the Bills

Guy Cimbalo | Posted 09.26.2012 | Small Business
Guy Cimbalo

In its two years since launch, Skillshare has become a go-to destination for both professionals and enthusiastic amateurs looking to set up classes and start teaching

Quo Vadimus

Glen Lineberry | Posted 09.23.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

My school is in a formal School Improvement process, with loads of money from various sources and hard deadlines for real improvements in attendance, discipline, graduation rates and student test performance. And we are improving.

What is Academic Rigor?!

Lori Ungemah | Posted 09.18.2012 | Education
Lori Ungemah

Rigor is pushing yourself beyond what is easy. Sports, reading, math, anger management, dieting -- to make progress in anything there has to be an element of rigor. Plain and simple.

Strengthening the Teaching Profession in NYC: Advice to the Next Mayor

Jessica Siegel | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
Jessica Siegel

Recent school policy and practices -- referred to as "corporate reform" by some critics -- have meant eliminating teacher capacity in the very domains that define teachers as professionals.

The Bully in Us

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 09.10.2012 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

The unfortunate truth is that bullying is a cornerstone of human nature. Whether it's a product of evolution, genetics or society is beyond me to say, but its prevalence suggests that there is a bully in all of us.

The Unfortunate Truth in Education

Catherine Okafor | Posted 09.09.2012 | Education
Catherine Okafor

In my previous article I spoke about my appreciation for teachers and detailed about some of the amazing qualities that some of the best teachers that I know have possessed. Well as we all know, there are not so good teachers out there as well.

Will Teachers Become Obsolete?

Larry Strauss | Posted 09.05.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

I remember thinking I was immune from obsolescence because I'm a teacher and children will always need teaching and a machine cannot do most of what we do. I still believe that, though I wonder now if I'm not living in a false sense of security.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Making the Choice to Leave the Classroom

Teach Plus | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

After four years, I'm stepping out of the classroom. It's a tough choice, but the reality is that I believe I can make the biggest impact on public education from outside the walls of my school.

Fearless Dating 101: Lessons From A Substitute Teacher

Lisa Arends | Posted 09.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Arends

I often went out every day of the week, mostly for coffee or a walk in the park, opening myself to new lessons and new experiences. I could practice without fear, knowing that I had a new date the next day if I inadvertently made a fatal error with the current one. I practiced and grew more confident and more knowledgeable with every date.

Students for Education Reform

Forrest Richardson | Posted 08.29.2012 | College
Forrest Richardson

Our education system needs to adapt if America is to remain strong, but steps required to keep America globally competitive are not being taken.

Finding the Write Stuff: A Science Teacher Puts on Her Literacy Hat

Teach Plus | Posted 08.27.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

As a science teacher, I learned a great deal by putting on my writing teacher hat. I also learned how important it is for students to see how all content can relate on an interdisciplinary level.

To Keep Teachers From Quitting the Classroom, Let Us Step Out of It

Teach Plus | Posted 08.27.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Often, what teachers need in order to stay in the classroom is permission to step out of it for a time. It gives us perspective, balance, and new skills.

Musicians Work to Create Future Guitar Heroes

Barry Bortnick | Posted 08.26.2012 | Denver
Barry Bortnick

Jen Pastalo Dacpano and Nicole Severson are on a mission to bring music, song, and community into the hearts and souls of school children across the Front Range.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Teachers on the Students Who Keep Them Coming Back

Teach Plus | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Starting this week, we'll be running a series of reflections -- honest, measured, and sometimes bittersweet -- from teachers who are grappling with the question of whether to remain in the teaching profession.