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How to Build a Successful School Technology Program

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 12.17.2014 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Technology is a catalyst for change. If you want to disrupt a classroom full of children or young adults, try handing out an iPad or a Chromebook to each of them. You'll see lots of activity and excitement, but without solid planning and expectations, much of that energy will be counter-productive.

Why I Walk Barefoot

Amy Quinn | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Amy Quinn

This is not your everyday classroom. And these are not your everyday students. This is The Barefoot College, an NGO which aims to empower rural communities to become sustainable and self-sufficient by creating Rural Solar Engineers.

How to Save the Lost Students In Your Classroom

Karl Gude | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Karl Gude

Instead of focusing on the high performing, front-row kids and neglecting the lost, skid-row kids in the back of the room, teachers can turn their classrooms into fertile ground that nurtures all students.

The Most Powerful Tool in the Classroom

Sarah Wike Loyola | Posted 12.20.2014 | Education
Sarah Wike Loyola

Historically, the teacher has been the omniscient presence in just about every classroom in the world. They were the only ones who possessed the all-m...

A Helping Hand for Our Heroes

Charles Best | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Charles Best

Teachers are heroes. They face tremendous pressures, from adapting to new education standards, to engaging a more digitally savvy generation of students, to addressing the needs of a larger population of special-needs students.

Too Many Students Rely on Social Promotion

Franchesca Warren | Posted 11.29.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Despite my efforts in making sure that students were updated about their grades, many times they really didn't see a connection in their mastery of the work and their final grades. Eventually after reviewing all of the student records and in all of that data (attendance, test scores, etc.) I realized the real issue. Most of my students were in high school due to social promotion.

Getting the Most Out of Classroom Observations

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

By following these suggestions, principals can set a more positive, focused and goal-oriented tone to the observation process. The result will be happier teachers and genuine sense of fulfillment, knowing that you are satisfying one of the most important tasks in your role as instructional leader.

The Introvert in the Classroom

Katie Hurley | Posted 11.04.2014 | Parents
Katie Hurley

As an adult, I know how to thrive in this world. I know when to speed up and when to slow down. I know how to assert my needs and when to walk away. And I don't let the input from others get me down. For little ones, it's not so easy

6 Things That Will Set Your Child Soaring At School This Year

Hilary Wilce | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

There are six things will make all the difference to how well your child does at school this year. Six things will make them feel happy to walk into the classroom, excited about what they are learning there, and able to use all their energies to play, learn and grow.

The Overachiever's Guide to Junior Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 10.26.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

Identify a second faculty mentor for research. Meet at least once a semester with both of your faculty mentors to explore research opportunities, including paid summer experiences. Also, if you plan on applying to graduate school, request letters of recommendation.

The Future Demands We Teach About Diversity, Bias

Maureen Costello | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Maureen Costello

Eighth-graders in Christopher Avery's world cultures class often found that learning about the world meant confronting their own biases. When the class discussed the Middle East, talk turned to the power of stereotypes.

Teacher Feedback Is the Key To Transforming Schools

Franchesca Warren | Posted 09.06.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

This year I did what many teachers fear the most, I went over to the dark side of school administration in the form of being an Instructional Coach.

This 7th Grader Is Having 5 Existential Crises We Can All Relate To

Eric Barry | Posted 08.06.2014 | Comedy
Eric Barry

A good friend of mine who teaches walked into his classroom this afternoon to discover that one of his students had decided to enumerate their introspections on the classroom board.

The 'Brainwashing' of Teachers Has to Stop

Franchesca Warren | Posted 07.06.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

One of the first steps in building your professional brand is to start putting actual value into whom you are as an educator. You have to start thinking like major brands.

My Son Only Read One Book in Middle School

Franchesca Warren | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Great reading can be done in middle school if we take the focus off standardized testing.

How Teaching Prepared Me For Parenthood

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 05.26.2014 | 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 05.13.2014 | 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 04.28.2014 | 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.