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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.

What Do the Children Need?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We are getting a crystal clear understanding of the world these children live in. We're asking two key questions -- and the answers are providing insights that are more profound than we imagined.

College 2.0

Dan Butin | Posted 08.05.2014 | College
Dan Butin

Whether we call it online learning, flipped classrooms, or digital learning technologies, I fundamentally believe that teaching and learning will be transformed in the coming years.

Virginity and Potential: A Case for Revision

Melanie Bishop | Posted 08.06.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I should confess that I have never been a fan of revision. I preach to my students about its importance, but I am loath to embark on it myself. I want what I write to be right the first time.

A Challenge to Principals: Focus on Staff Strengths

Brad L. Johnson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Education
Brad L. Johnson

Unfortunately, in education as in culture, we focus more on improving areas of weaknesses rather than developing strengths or leadership abilities.

An Education Revolution in One Word

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 08.01.2014 | Education
Michelle Rose Gilman

We live in a one-size-fits-all system of educating our children. It's similar to a manufacturing plant where we place our children on the conveyer be...

Why I Am Illiterate in Math & How Public Education Can Fix It

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 08.01.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

I read the New York Times Magazine cover story about Americans' struggle with math, with special appreciation: I stink at math. I always thought my pr...

Teacher Time

Peter Greene | Posted 08.01.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

This is one of those things that non-teachers don't entirely get. If you work in an office, time is pretty flexy. If a meeting can benefit by running an extra 10 or 15 minutes, you just do it. But in most schools, when the bell rings, you're done. There is no little extra bit of time you can just throw into the work.

Do You Really Know What the Common Core Is?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 08.01.2014 | Education
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Having written curricula and lesson plans geared to the high school level Common Core Standards, I just don't see what all the hub bub's about.

The Die Is Cast

Melissa DeCastro | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa DeCastro

The school year brings new lessons to students that will hopefully remain with them until they too attend weddings years later and spontaneously recite lessons fondly, with a new appreciation for those that helped shape their lives.

A Teacher's Supply List: A Rug, a Lamp, and a Plant

Sue Gober | Posted 07.30.2014 | Education
Sue Gober

I asked a group of elementary and secondary students this question: "What should teachers be doing right now to get ready for the first day of school?" Their answers may surprise you as much as they surprised me.

35 Secrets of Brilliant Coaches

Anne Josephson | Posted 07.24.2014 | Sports
Anne Josephson

While superior knowledge of the sport is a cornerstone of a brilliant coach, it takes so much more than content and procedural knowledge to be a brilliant coach or teacher.

Doing The Best We Can

Shannon Styles | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Shannon Styles

I was failing at being a teacher because I was too busy being a mom. I was failing at being a mom because I was too busy being a teacher. I was failing at marriage because it was easy to put that last.

Playful Learning and Rigorous Assessment: Can We Level-Up the Common Core?

Michael Levine | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Michael Levine

According to a recent New York Times piece that has stirred a highly emotional debate among my many colleagues, parents across the U.S. who once felt ...

Licensure System Should Promote Student Achievement

Teach Plus | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Talmadge Nardi The "License to Transform" policy brief just released by Massachusetts Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows recommends significant...