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Why We Need To Love Teachers

Lisa Stadnyk-Webb | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents
Lisa Stadnyk-Webb

I always knew how great the responsibility of a teacher was, but it wasn't until I became a mother myself that I understood just how much it meant to have such an influence on another person's child.

Bringing Body Love Into Dance Class: A New Way of Teaching

Amanda Trusty | Posted 08.29.2014 | Arts
Amanda Trusty

Stand up straight. Pull your belly button in and up. Your stomach is sticking out. Pull it in. Don't be lazy. Suck it in. Tuck your booty under. Pull up. Chin high. Belly in. Squeeze the tushy.

Top 10 Guide to Professional Dress for Student Teachers

Sue Gober | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Sue Gober

Are you student teaching this semester? A quick look in the mirror might be the most important thing you do all day.

A School's Moral Vision

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

Doing well on tests is not an education, but simply a skill in taking tests. School offers an education that is too precious to be surrendered to those with no understanding of learning's ultimate meaning and value.

Teach Kids to Recognize Emotions

Daniel Goleman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
Daniel Goleman

Turning our attention to our mental state -- otherwise known as self-awareness -- allows us to manage ourselves well, even when rocked by disturbing feelings. This is a skill that helps children become better learners.

A Century of Decline and Ascent in Higher Education

Joseph Urgo | Posted 08.26.2014 | Education
Joseph Urgo

Many who have had similar experiences as young intellectuals in college have kept the memory alive as days of self-discovery, powerful enough to fuel a lifetime of college reunions. And professors today are always looking for that spark -- that beginning -- in their students, for the onset of an intellectual existence.

Curing Students of Nomophobia

Tim Elmore | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Tim Elmore

Do you know this word? Nomophobia is a term describing a growing fear in today's world -- the fear of being without a mobile device, or beyond mobile phone contact. Among today's high school and college students, it's on the rise.

Ten Steps to Using Twitter in the College Classroom

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 08.29.2014 | College
Jason A. Llorenz

Having experimented with social media for learning -- especially Twitter -- across my courses, I am convinced that social media offers powerful opportunities to connect with students, by providing new ways for them to own the learning.

To the 12-Year-Old Student I Pushed Too Hard

Amanda Trusty | Posted 08.25.2014 | Arts
Amanda Trusty

You're too young to know what your dreams are but yet I've already designed them for you. You haven't developed enough to control your emotions but I'm asking you to let them show all over your face every time I press "play" on the iPod.

With a Conscience: "The Educational White Elephant"

Claudia King | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Claudia King

My job as a teacher, her experiences in school, and of course, parenting. I've never been a parent. But I know what good parenting is and I'm fairly sure it's a combination of the following elements.

Get Outside and EXPLORE! The Importance of Nature For Grandchildren

Gramma Good | Posted 08.21.2014 | Fifty
Gramma Good

How many of your children or grandchildren walk home from school? How many children are obese because they don't play outdoors? How many of our children have been taught about their environment?

$1 Million Thank You for One Outstanding Teacher

Vikas Pota | Posted 08.21.2014 | Education
Vikas Pota

The low status of teachers means that we are missing out on thousands of the most talented graduates who won't join a profession that does not command respect.

Teaching Mindfulness to Teenagers: 5 Ways to Get Started

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

If we want students to take mindfulness seriously, they need to see it in action. They need to see us paying attention and handling challenges skillfully. Those millennial Holden Caulfields can spot a phony a mile away.

18 Tips for New Teachers

Greg Schwanbeck | Posted 08.26.2014 | Education
Greg Schwanbeck

While trying to catch my last wave or last fish of the summer, I begin a mental routine that energizes me and prepares me for the next ten months of teaching and learning. Part of this routine involves a series of affirmations I use to update and re-familiarize myself with my teaching philosophies and techniques.

Stand on the Table!

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
Ann V. Klotz

As this new school year begins, I am grateful for what Robin Williams gave, glad that his wit and generosity as John Keating inspire me this week to ask my 9th grade girls to stand on their desks to get another perspective on their world.

Education, Education, Education and the Role We Play in Its Unfolding

David Scott Clegg | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
David Scott Clegg

I am an educator. This is true. Education has been where my passion has met with purpose for nearly a quarter century. I am an educator. And so are you.

From The Ivory Tower Kitchen: Teaching In The Kitchen -- 6 Lessons 6 Years Later

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 08.20.2014 | Taste
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

We have to be the best we can be in the moment and that standard can vary as much as our ingredients, guests' preferences, and menus.

How to Be a STAR Teacher

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
Maria Rodale

STAR Program students in the garden. by Chelsey Simpson, communications manager for the National Farm to School Network As students across the coun...

How The Common Core Lost Teacher Support

Peter Greene | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The Common Core lost teacher support because so many teachers spent the year face to face with it, looking it right in its beady little eyes. They don't love it because they know it so well.

How to Solve the Teaching Crisis (Or at Least How to Start)

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Katie Mgongolwa

If you do not feel safe as a teacher -- not just physical safety, as that's a whole different blog entry -- in terms of having an administration who believes in your strengths and abilities and is willing to invest in you, then your job is a lot harder and less effective.

Recruiting Late-Career Professionals to Teaching

Teach Plus | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Daniel DeShon Over the hill. Past his prime. As someone who came to the teaching profession in my fifties, I have heard all of these comments an...

Teacher Leadership as Adaptive Leadership

Nicole M. Gillespie, Ph.D. | Posted 08.15.2014 | Education
Nicole M. Gillespie, Ph.D.

Most of us have been students, quite often for 12 or more years of our lives. And because of this, it's easy to think that we've accumulated enough experience with teachers to know at least what teaching is, perhaps even how it ought to be.

What Dead Poets Society Taught Me About Being a Teacher

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 08.14.2014 | Education
Sarah Rudell Beach

We may remember him as Mork, Mrs. Doubtfire, Peter Pan, or the Genie, but for me, Robin Williams will always be Mr. Keating.

Why We're Still Talking About Campbell Brown

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 08.14.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

As Albert Camus wrote, "Good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding." Whatever Ms. Brown's intentions are, they lack an understanding of both the current landscape of teaching in high-needs schools and of educational research. It's time to get some facts straight.

This Is Why I Teach

Grete DeAngelo | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Grete DeAngelo

I've lost count of how many times I've heard, "I could never do what you do," but I think that's only because people don't know what they are missing out on.