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The Case Against Group Projects: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn From Them

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

The most successful children are the ones who are able to take responsibility for things only within their area of control-- and let other things go. Easier said then done. In education, this concept can be an exceptionally ambiguous concept when children are asked to work on a group project.

Yearly Testing: A Must-Have for Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

If grade-span testing were to take the place of annual assessments, educators like myself would lose a critical source of data to help us identify the needs of students and make use of every learning moment.

An Open Letter to My Students: I Am Sorry for What I Am About to Do to You

Jessica Lifshitz | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Jessica Lifshitz

To all of my precious students: My guess is that all of you will wonder why I am making you take these tests. And the answer is simple. I have to. Our state and federal government say that I have to give these tests to you. That you must take them. And I need you to know how very sorry I am about that.

Teachers Deserve Better

Eric Sheninger | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Eric Sheninger

My message is to everyone who has and continues to bash teachers by implementing accountability structures that will do nothing to help our students succeed in life and follow their dreams.

If We Are Not Growing Students, Why Teach?

Teach Plus | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

If we're to meet the education goals we have set as a nation, if we are committed to liberty and justice for all, and if each student is to meet their individual goals, we need assessment as part of the NCLB reauthorization that is now debated by Congress. Only then will we have a critical tool necessary to help us move forward and grow our students. Otherwise, why teach?

ESEA Reauthorization Should Include Annual Assessments

Teach Plus | Posted 05.03.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

I believe that the ESEA reauthorization should allow for schools and districts to take a streamlined, positive, student-centered approach to annual assessment then annual testing. In order for this to work, the assessment must be aligned to college and career standards.

Blowing up the Business Plan at U.C. Berkeley Haas Business School

Steve Blank | Posted 05.03.2015 | Education
Steve Blank

By embracing lean, you can be assured you will be giving your students essential innovation skills they will use for the rest of their lives. You will see great startups focused on solving real customer problems emerge as well. This is an exciting journey and we are all right at the start.

The Golden Calf: Managing the Noncompliant Client

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The golden calf passage is usually and correctly taken to describe a gross failure on the part of the Israelites. However, a seldom noticed aspect of the passage is that Moses' first responses are also failures.

The Demise of the Artist-Teacher

Vicki Cobb | Posted 05.02.2015 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

It's time stop paying lip-service to "freedom" in schools. If we actually implement it, the artist-teacher will flourish and so will our kids.

Teacher to Congress: Title 1 Funding Helps Students and Families Fight Inequity

Teach Plus | Posted 05.02.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

The way I see it, members of Congress have a choice: They can change the Title 1 funding structure and shortchange students who most need that extra support to catch up, or they can invest in students like Jonathan, provide him the resources he needs and ensure that his entire family is better off.

Teachers and Parents Need to Support Their Kids' Learning

Aimee Rogstad Guidera | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Aimee Rogstad Guidera

Every teacher and school leader needs the training, the tools, the time, and the trust to be able to use data to help students--and to help their parents better support their students learning. I have been fortunate to be part of a school that values and uses information. Doesn't every parent deserve that opportunity? I think so.

When We Hand Down the Magic, Children and Teachers Succeed

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Teachers and mentors can have a magical impact on learning, but being a student can be just as exquisite. The roles of teacher and student are not as distinct as portrayed. Teaching and learning go both ways.

A Mile Wide and a Mile Deep

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 04.24.2015 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

The tension between breadth and depth is one that will never go away, so long as there are strong curricular demands that we must adhere to. Using these techniques can help teachers better manage this conundrum in a manner that gives students the most rewarding learning experience possible.

Celebrating the Bank Street Book Store

Monica Edinger | Posted 04.25.2015 | Books
Monica Edinger

There are two major independent children's bookstores in New York City's borough of Manhattan, the downtown Books of Wonder and the uptown Bank Str...

Teachable Moments

Emily K. Genser | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Emily K. Genser

Today, I was out of patience. All day, while teaching, my mind was on my son. I did that horrible thing that we sometimes have to do, and sent him to daycare even though he should have been home sick.

Pennies for Heaven

Liza Long | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Liza Long

Two months later, I celebrated my fortieth birthday in a way I never could have imagined. After years of hard work, sacrifice and a level of organizational commitment that in retrospect was possibly unwarranted, I was an out-of-work single mother of four children.

Nobody Cancelled

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The joy our volunteers know awaits them is motivation to keep their promise to be here. Despite the meteorologist's urging, "Severe weather warning, stay home if you can," they know that once they sit on the floor to read with the children, there's no memory of the arctic cold.

Life Science Startups Rising in the UK

Steve Blank | Posted 04.21.2015 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Stephen Chambers spent 22 years in some of the most innovative companies in life science as the director of gene expression and then as a co-founder o...

Cartoons Terrorize Parisian Family: Teaching Colonialism

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 04.20.2015 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

We'd begin with contemporary Paris, the Charlie Hebdo cartoons and bloodshed. We'd then quickly turn to Caché. If I were teaching again, this is how I'd start my literature and film class about colonialism.

Students Should Collaborate in the Classroom, Not Compete

THINK Global School | Posted 04.20.2015 | Education
THINK Global School

As the first term of our 2014-15 school year recently wound to a close in New Zealand, I looked through the student survey responses for my course and remembered one of my opening statements to the ninth and tenth grade students.

The Case for 'American' American History

Louise Mirrer | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

We must make sure that Americans honor their differences, but also know that they have a shared history -- a history that is the indispensable basis for an inclusive, tolerant society.

Is Teach for America Beginning to Lose Its Luster?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 04.17.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

A recent article notes that the TFA program is "suddenly having recruitment problems." The article reveals that applications are down 10 percent, yet the demand for recruits from the program "is extremely high," according to the co-chief executive of Teach for America.

The Evolution of Blended Learning

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

The concept of "blended learning", which was introduced as early as 2000, has assumed more importance than ever before and has transformed from a theoretical concept with rudimentary applications to an essential part of mainstream education.

An Educator Samples the PARCC

Peter Greene | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Today, I'm trying something new. I've gotten myself onto the PARCC sample item site and am going to look at the ELA sample items for high school. There appear to be 23 sample pages, and I have two hours to do this, so this could take a while. You've been warned.

Common Core Testing Teaches Tots to Type

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Common Core is a Trojan horse full of unintended consequences. While the efforts are noble, and the intent is good, the current program is neither fair nor practical.