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Moving Beyond the Value-Added Debate: A Teacher's Take

Teach Plus | Posted 04.04.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Unlike in the business world, where trade secrets, patents, and original ideas can mean the difference between profitable enterprises and those that fail, teachers around the country need to share our best practices.

What Do Teachers Do?

John Merrow | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education
John Merrow

I am still searching for the one right word to describe teachers today. Reviewing the candidates: competitors, policemen, social workers, surrogate parents, counselors, health care providers, nutritionists and ringmasters.

Digital Learning Day Is Happening Today

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

Want to know how we can improve our schools using technology? Want to know how your son/daughter's education can be more effective?

What the Monster Wrote: How Will the College Board Grade a Well-Written Endorsement of Evil?

Eliot Schrefer | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Eliot Schrefer

What would the College Board do with an essay that gave it exactly what it asked for as far as structure and writing quality, but took as its topic something truly monstrous?

Joy Resmovits

New Teaching Standards, Coming To A School Near You | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.27.2012 | Education

Amy Bednarz, an English as a second language teacher in a Massachusetts elementary school, is confused. She doesn't know exactly what to teach. For...

I Represented All Teachers

Sara Ferguson | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Sara Ferguson

As I attended President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, I was not alone. This invitation was an honor, but my dedication to education is not exceptional or unique. Because, for all teachers, it is our students that keep us going.

Teaching With Tablets: For Young Readers, It's Interaction vs. Distraction

Kirk Cheyfitz | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Kirk Cheyfitz

Sticking to retreads makes no use of all the powerful technological innovations now at our command. But creating tablet cartoons has the potential to kill off reading altogether.

Wisdom From Dr. King Helps Center My Education Activism

Teach Plus | Posted 03.19.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Firing good, hardworking teachers in order to get rid of the bad ones feels illogical, demoralizing, and destabilizing -- to the adults as well as to children.

Climate Change: Sifting Truth From Lies in a Complex World

Shan Wells | Posted 03.25.2012 | Denver
Shan Wells

Solving the problem of climate change would be difficult enough on its own because of the importance of fossil fuels to our economies, but adding to the challenge is a powerful chorus of science-denying politicians and interest groups.

No Child Left Behind: Not Too Late to Fix

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

For those of us who work around students each day, NCLB's shortcomings are no laughing matter. Especially for educators like me who work in inner-cities where dropout rates are high and the challenges to reach individual students are greater.

The State of the Teachers' Union

Michelle Bernard | Posted 03.24.2012 | Education
Michelle Bernard

The state of teachers unions is unstable at best. If they want to remain relevant, they must join the millions of American parents and children demanding equality in education now or be left behind.

Why Do Some Deny Evolution? New Study Offers Answer

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Searles | Posted 01.20.2012 | Science

Why do some people accept evolution while others refuse to accept the overwhelming scientific evidence to support it? New research published in the...

Lynne Peeples

Swaying Skeptical Students: Science Teachers Face Heated Battles Over Climate Change | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.18.2012 | Green

Prior to taking Mr. Visco's high school science class, Keith Hogan did not believe humans had had any hand in climate change. "I thought the media ...

Why I Never Fail My Students

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 03.18.2012 | Education
David J. Dunn, PhD

We worry that an "F" will harm students' self-esteem. But someone who is never confronted with her failures never learns to accept criticism.

Why America Needs Good Teachers

Mary Ann Rankin | Posted 03.18.2012 | Education
Mary Ann Rankin

An increased emphasis on good teachers who can provide high quality math and science education should be a top priority for America's educational community and our political leaders.

The Compensation Conversation: A Teacher's Two Cents

Teach Plus | Posted 03.12.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

There's one perspective conspicuously missing from the teacher salary discussion: a teacher's. How do we feel about how we're compensated? In what direction would we like to see this conversation move?

The Myth of Substitute Teaching as an Entry Into a Full-time Teaching Position

Pete Mason | Posted 03.07.2012 | Education
Pete Mason

For a year and a half, I was a substitute teacher, waiting for an evening or early-morning phone call to learn if I would have work the next day.

A Literate Nation for 2012

Patricia G. Mathes | Posted 03.06.2012 | Education
Patricia G. Mathes

If I could change one thing in 2012 to improve the quality of life for every American, it would be to ensure that every child in the nation left school literate.

Education Predictions for 2012

John Merrow | Posted 03.06.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Because this is an election year, the politics of public education are even crazier than usual, meaning that serious debate over the federal role in education won't occur in 2012.

History Hip Hop Visits Harvard

Matt Weber | Posted 03.05.2012 | Education
Matt Weber

They are both history teachers, but not in the way you might think. Rather than chalkboard and textbook, their tools of trade are hip hop and song... and these two 20-somethings are beginning to make social studies more sociable.

Teachers Want to Learn, Too: Evaluations We Believe In

Teach Plus | Posted 03.05.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Across the country, the question of how best to evaluate teachers -- and how to use evaluations effectively -- continues to cause stirring debates among teachers and policymakers.

Culturally Responsive Training: Exploring Your Students' Cultural Backgrounds

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.03.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

It appears difficult to apply knowledge about cultural patterns of thought and behavior to the classroom without falling into the twin traps of over generalization and stereotyping.

Deporting Elena's Father

Melissa Bollow Tempel | Posted 03.02.2012 | Latino Voices
Melissa Bollow Tempel

Deporting children's parents creates just another obstacle for them, but this is the one that is the most difficult to overcome.

When a Great Teacher Dies... and Lives On

Richard Walden | Posted 02.29.2012 | Education
Richard Walden

My 10th grade World History teacher, Patricia Logsdon, died this week at age 88. She spent 40+ years teaching at Culver City (CA) High School. Normal...

The One-Legged "Yogini"

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 02.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

You would think that, as an Iyengar-style yoga teacher of three (mere) years' standing, I might at least notice if a one-legged yogini (female yoga student) "walked" into my classroom. Reader, I did not notice.