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How Teaching Prepared Me For Parenthood

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 03.26.2014 | Education
Katie Mgongolwa

Teaching taught me the value of lesson planning, to have a game plan, but to also go with the flow, read the situation and be spontaneous. Kids crave boundaries, but you have to be flexible and be willing to deviate fro script. I've learned to read the room and adjust.

A Lesson in Learning

Mackenzie Long | Posted 03.13.2014 | College
Mackenzie Long

Being at such a large institution often leads to a generalization and standardization of education; one that fails to qualitatively identity the successes and failures of its students.

From Entitled to Empowered: Eight Steps to Combat Entitlement in the Classroom

Tim Elmore | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

From the self-esteem movement, to our safety obsession, to social media (all of which are good), we have a perfect storm producing offspring that feel entitled to all things good.

'Why Can't You Be More Like Steven?' When Teachers Compare Siblings

Varda Epstein | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Varda Epstein

What happens when teachers compare students in the classroom? It's not something you'd ever do at home. You'd never compare your children. Out loud that is.

The Gender-Friendly Classroom: Tips and Tools for Teachers

Randal Mason | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
Randal Mason

As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon noted recently, "Today, there are 57 million children out of school -- and most of them are girls." Teachers and ...

When You Have to Stand Up

Robin Korth | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Robin Korth

How could an innocent baby be held accountable for the actions -- or lack of actions -- of some stupid adult? There was some mistake. Nervously I stood and I asked, "Sister, are you sure this is right? I know God wouldn't do this."

If I'm Bored, You Must Be Bored

American Teacher | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
American Teacher

In college they teach you how to write a curriculum but they don't teach you how to manage a class of 32 kids. One of my goals that I work on every day is becoming a good listener.

The Benefits of Mental Workouts for Kids and Teens

Daniel Goleman | Posted 02.09.2014 | Parents
Daniel Goleman

"My child just can't stay focused." I've heard this over and over again as I've been touring the country talking about my book Focus. Parents are w...

Character Counts: Observations From the Classroom

American Teacher | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
American Teacher

It is my fervent hope that my students will go on to help lead our country. They understand that decency is fundamental to true success.

Driving Relationships

Preston Smith | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Preston Smith

I don't own a garage door opener, so I park in my driveway to save a few steps after a long day at work. Living in an older neighborhood in San Jose, Calif., this is typical of most of my neighbors too.

The New Classroom: A Vessel for Innovation

Emily E. Smith | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Emily E. Smith

There are no textbooks, there is not one single desk, there are no stock motivational posters with children in neon eighties garb, no signs telling students to turn off their voices.

Data-driven Instruction or Educator Insanity?

Cheryl Arnett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Cheryl Arnett

I am not opposed to data, and certainly not to evaluating the needs of students to help them grow. The problem, for me, is the repeated emphasis on one-size-fits-all skills and goals for our children.

The One Trick That Can Reduce Daily Stress In The Classroom

Posted 10.14.2013 | Healthy Living

By Vicki Zakrzewski Imagine this: In the middle of a lesson, one of your students deliberately makes an offensive remark that causes the other st...

The Red Pen in Your Head: Why You Should Start Speaking Up in Class

Rachel Simmons | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Rachel Simmons

You're probably going to have a lot of different jobs, and you'll get the best work by being able to show employers that you're not just someone who turns in work on time, but who contributes good ideas to discussions and is brave enough to disagree.

The Kinder Chronicles, Part I

Shaun Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Shaun Johnson

Two schools, two ideologies, a relatively common mission co-locating within the same building. Co-locating, co-existing, though not cooperating. Not even throwing their lunch trash in the same bins within the same room. One entity will certainly survive with its identity intact.

BYOD to School? 5 Tips for Keeping Student Devices Secure

Caleb Barlow | Posted 12.01.2013 | Technology
Caleb Barlow

Whether in junior high or in college, many students have one thing in common: a smartphone or tablet is in their pocket or backpack. According to eMarketer, by the end of 2013, smartphone users will represent over half of all mobile phone users. And by 2016, nearly three in five Americans will have a smartphone, including students.

Of MOOCs and Technology: Why True Education Is Not Content Delivery

William Astore | Posted 11.21.2013 | Technology
William Astore

Today's students don't need more technology; they don't need more PowerPoint and computer-based learning platforms. What they need are enthusiastic and talented and creative teachers and professors who see education not as a job but as a calling.

Expedition Mentality - Rehumanizing Your Approach

Crawford Hill | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Crawford Hill

Our kinds of expeditions are about creating a comfortable environment even in challenging conditions - whether those conditions be physical, social or emotional. They are about probing far beyond the superficial level of virtually all ecotourism and creating opportunities for eco-immersion.

Back to a Healthier, Safer School

David Foster | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green
David Foster

For millions of kids, it's time to head back into the classroom where the average public school building in the United States is over 40 years old, and many are much older. Our children are bearing the brunt of these crumbling buildings.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving - Going Back to School and Giving Back to Educators

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

I believe in the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." Let's work together to be a close-knit village, ensuring all students have the items and materials they need to be successful.

Are Smaller College Calculus Classes Really Better?

Frank Morgan | Posted 10.26.2013 | College
Frank Morgan

An unpublished study from the late 1990s showed that calculus students in classes of about 35 do no better than students in classes of 90 and larger. There was no statistical difference in the amount learned or in the drop-out rate.

Every Teacher in America Should Have a Gun

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

The Arkansas Christian Academy in Bryant, Arkansas, is making national headlines after it announced that some staff members will be armed with guns. ...

Now Is the Time for Digital Tech to Transform K-12 Learning

Peggy Johnson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Technology
Peggy Johnson

Access to the Internet is an essential tool for equipping students with 21st century skills. And as the debate over the future of education heats up, traditional learning methods are being called into question.

How to Spot Good Teaching -- Maybe It's Time for a Broader Discussion

Jean Johnson | Posted 09.15.2013 | Parents
Jean Johnson

What really counts in teaching? What are the best practices? What kind of training and support will actually produce the teaching corps our kids deserve?

Four Kinds of Classroom Mothers: Which One Are You?

Diana Grycan | Posted 08.06.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

As I draw upon almost five decades of observing mothers as they have interacted with children, I have come to the conclusion that most mothers fall into the following four categories.