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Rhythm and Bruise: How Cuts to Music and the Arts Hurt Kids and Communities

Yohuru Williams | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.

A Letter to First-Year Teachers

Sue Gober | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Sue Gober

If you are reading this blog, you just survived your first year as a teacher. Congratulations! School is out, summer calls and the beach beckons, but your work isn't over... not yet!

Take the Time to Know Your Students, Even If You're Famous

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Lev Raphael

When you teach, isn't it better to assume less and try to enjoy more? Otherwise, you're turning the classroom into an echo chamber.

Tips on Student Engagement in an Era of Electronic Education

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
Sriya Chakravarti

At the end of the term, most of my students agree that our time together was well spent, and it was probably one of the best classes they have had. Hence, I would like to share my secret on student engagement:

Master the Art of SODOTO: See One, Do One, Teach One

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 02.03.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Just as the guru tutors the novitiate so does the goldsmith his apprentice. The same is true for officers and engineers and in all fields where the mastery of craft is a matter of certification.

What's in Your Mindful Toolbox? Your Feet!

Bonnie Levine, MA | Posted 12.25.2013 | Impact
Bonnie Levine, MA

By early October the children have been taught four different secular mindfulness techniques. They have been encouraged to choose one technique that supports them in focusing their mind and calming their bodies. This mindful snapshot is about one of the first practices I teach each class.

Diary of a Student Teacher: Why Do We Care So Much About Having Opinions?

Matt Bieber | Posted 12.14.2013 | Impact
Matt Bieber

I'm noticing more of the ways that we constantly ask kids to have an opinion, to develop and defend a view -- even if they know next to nothing about the issue at hand. It's as if we as a culture believe that the mere having of an opinion is worthwhile in and of itself.

Why I Marched

Sumit Som | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sumit Som

This march was as much about protecting schools that provide low-income children a chance they wouldn't otherwise have, as it is about protecting a new way of supporting teachers to make them masters at their craft.

For Optimism About US Education, Look Abroad

Peter Cipparone | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Peter Cipparone

Living abroad has convinced me that between our advantages in access to education, teaching and learning methods, and national conversation around education, cries that the U.S. is falling behind are overblown.

A Sense of Ending

Liz Madans | Posted 08.27.2013 | Books
Liz Madans

Cultivating a sense of beginning and ending resonates with the work we do with text, teaching students to recognize the signs of change: a quickening, a turn, and an untying.

Technology Increasingly Equalizes Education and Career Prospects

John T. Delaney | Posted 08.11.2013 | College
John T. Delaney

Technology has become an equalizer in a variety of situations, from making smaller nations more of a threat to traditional world powers to making students from smaller colleges and universities equally qualified for careers as their counterparts from the Ivy League.

We Need a Revolution (Literally) in Education -- It Is Time to Flip the Curriculum

Tony Zini | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Tony Zini

It's time to work smarter, not harder. James Marzano said it would take 25 years to teach the elementary school curriculum if we were to do to right.

Reclaiming the 'Art and Science' of Teaching

Melinda Gates | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Melinda Gates

We've rendered the phrase "the art and science of" almost meaningless by using it to describe nearly any endeavor. But "art and science" is a nuanced way to think about the unique properties of teaching, one of the most important endeavors in any society.

Making Mistakes: What Often Goes Unsaid About the Classroom

Sarah Brown Wessling | Posted 03.31.2013 | Education
Sarah Brown Wessling

If we don't want education to be dressed in a culture of defensiveness and excuses, then we must take them away by welcoming such classroom foibles as authentic opportunities to flourish, not as shortcomings to bemoan.

Unbored: The Power of 'Making' in the Classroom

Joshua Glenn | Posted 03.04.2013 | Education
Joshua Glenn

The idea of "learning by doing" stretches back to education legends Maria Montessori and John Dewey, both of whom felt teachers should act more as guides to students' independent discoveries than as founts of information.

7 Trends That Have Shaped The Teaching Force In The Last 20 Years

Posted 12.11.2012 | Education

Over the past 20 years, the teaching force has become larger, grayer, greener, more female, more diverse and less stable, according to a study publis...

The Keystone Habit That Will Reignite American Education

Robert Sun | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education
Robert Sun

Help children to excel in math and their perception of school can be improved. What's more, their view of themselves, their abilities, and their very potential to learn, can all be transformed.

Using Music in the Classroom to Educate, Engage and Promote Understanding

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 11.08.2012 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

In a day when activities and education methods get replaced year after year with the "next big thing," music will remain a constant to which every student (year after year) will form a connection.

The Art of a Well-Rounded Education

Kiki Prottsman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Education
Kiki Prottsman

Just like I encourage my sons to "read the book" before they see a movie, I encourage students to experience concepts through real-life exercises before they play with technical simulations. Tie knots. Fold origami. Play with Legos.

Ask Dr. Lynch: Teaching Students About Genocide

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Nowadays, we are seeing the topic of genocide being covered even in the elementary grades and there is no consensus on when it should be introduced or taught. In my opinion, the topic of genocide should not be discussed prior to grade six.

Preparing Children to Be Successful in the Only Test That Really Matters: Life

Tony Zini | Posted 11.10.2012 | Education
Tony Zini

We have to equip students for a world that does not exist. We can't prepare them for the world of tomorrow because we have no idea what it will look like!

Back to the Classroom -- Part Two: Teachers 'Wear' Their Student Hats

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 10.28.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

I spotlighted Jennifer Isbell, a teacher from Central Coast New Tech High, who was using her summer to collaborate as she prepared to be a founding teacher at this new public high school, which opened its doors last week.

First Days of Class: Make Room for the Moments

Lori Ungemah | Posted 10.20.2012 | Education
Lori Ungemah

Folks often said to me, "Oh, you're a teacher -- that's so great! You must love it! It must be so much FUN!" and I would look at them, force a smile, and decide if this person was worth an explanation on what teaching is really like.

What Makes a Great Teacher?

David Allyn | Posted 09.10.2012 | Education
David Allyn

Boredom is the enemy of education. Students who are bored in class learn only one thing: that they are at the mercy of their instructor.

The Case for Design Thinking in Education

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 09.04.2012 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

The problem seems evident in the language. We 'adopt' programs. We 'purchase' materials. We 'integrate' technology. We even 'train' teachers. For all of the changing programs referenced, how many teachers actually changed their practice?