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Teaching Methods

What We Can Learn From Two Great American Teachers

David Allyn | Posted 08.28.2012 | Education
David Allyn

Mortimer and Alfred Adler shared the same last name -- but more importantly, they shared a deep belief in the value of the individual and the ability of each of us to grow through learning.

The Undergraduate Whisperer: No "Right Answers"? Wrong!

Rebecca Schuman | Posted 05.12.2012 | College
Rebecca Schuman

Did you hear about that philosophy final where the professor came in and wrote "Why?" on the chalkboard? And a student got an A+ by answering "Why not?" I guaran-effing-tee you this has never happened in the history of college.

Dirty Professor Secrets

Rebecca Schuman | Posted 04.28.2012 | College
Rebecca Schuman

Yes, it's true that we do keep things somewhat impersonal in class, and sometimes we are many decades older than students, but that does not make us any less real.

Habit #1: Slowing Down

Willow Dea | Posted 01.23.2012 | Education
Willow Dea

Caution: You may be underwhelmed if you read this from a mental perspective; this post is an offer to your body and spirit.

This House: A Film About a Pre-School Art Teacher

Charlie Alderman | Posted 01.04.2012 | Education
Charlie Alderman

The story of unconventional Chicago art educator and artist Jackie Seiden invites us to reimagine the limits of the classroom's influence.

Maybe Engineers Should Run Colleges

Jeff Selingo | Posted 08.29.2012 | College
Jeff Selingo

When we think of solving complex problems, we normally turn to engineers. And higher education is facing some tough issues. So what if engineers tackled those problems?

Hey, Teacher. Let Kids Read Alone.

Steve Terreri | Posted 11.24.2011 | Books
Steve Terreri

Considering how wide the differences between reading on one's own and reading in a class are, I'm interested in how educators might take some aspects from the former to let high school students read just to read.

Why Class Size Matters

David Kirp | Posted 08.29.2011 | Education
David Kirp

Radically different approaches to teaching and learning change the equation. They demonstrate why small classes matter.

New Teaching Method Hones Students' Snap Decisions

Posted 08.20.2011 | Education

In Santa Monica, Calif., one school is testing out a new method of learning that focuses more on gut decisions than guidelines. It's called "percept...

What Makes a 'Good' Teacher?

Paula Smith | Posted 07.04.2011 | Education
Paula Smith

Here are six ideas that, in my view, can help shape the encouraging national conversation that is currently taking place about teaching excellence.

Beethoven? That's Easy, He's a Dog

Pamela Kripke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Pamela Kripke

I don't know why these kids lack basic knowledge across all subjects. They haven't seen much outside their own neighborhoods. They don't read or listen much to the news. But they come to class.

Spreading The Word In U.S. High Schools: Science Is Cool

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

As schools nationwide focus more and more on English and math to keep up with No Child Left Behind guidelines, science teachers are trying harder than...

Learning from Success: Love Meets Best Practices at a New Orleans Elementary School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Bethune is one of the schools around the country that demonstrate that if schools do everything right, they can get extraordinary results. Getting everything right isn't easy, but it's what we need schools to do.

'Ready to Learn' Equals Easier to Educate

Alfie Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alfie Kohn

The phrase "ready to learn," frequently applied to young children, is rather odd when you stop to think about it, because the implication is that some kids aren't.

What If Teachers Had Teleprompters? (Satire) (VIDEO)

Lee Kolbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lee Kolbert

Scripting every teacher's utterances is not a bad idea. Think of all the problems that would be avoided.

A Conversation with my Students

Karl Fisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Karl Fisch

I think we sometimes forget one of the most important conversations we need to be having -- the one with our students.

Do Schools Allow Thinking?

Eric Maisel, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Eric Maisel, Ph.D.

Since every educator pays at least lip service to the idea that critical thinking is an admirable educational goal, it should be possible to nudge at least some schools and some school districts in the direction of revising the school day to include, in addition to subject matter, some genuine thinking.

Clueless: The Dept. of Education Fails Again

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis Danziger

I'm a public high school teacher, and when I voted for Barack Obama I thought I was voting for change. Turns out, as far as education goes, I voted for Bush Lite.