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Spiritual Mentorship: Awakening Truth in Others

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

We don't engage in meaningful acts in order to teach, but in order to live a meaningful and impactful life of integrity.

Whose Terms Are Those, Anyway?

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

Some of us meet the world's expectations only to realize that it failed to give us the fulfillment we sought within ourselves; some of us burnout mid-way trying to fulfill them; some of us realize that there has to be another way to find what we truly seek.

Why We Do It

G. David Wilson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
G. David Wilson

Teaching is hard -- harder than hard. It is by far the hardest thing that I have ever done. And although you hear that from everyone who has served Teach for America, you don't really understand it, until you experience it.

Why I'm Resigning After 11 Years As A Teacher

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

I have sweet, incredible, intelligent children sitting in my classroom who are giving up on their lives already. They feel that they only have failure in their futures because they've been told they aren't good enough by a standardized test.

Notes from the Children

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.14.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The "Kid Blog" on our Pajama Program website is full of sweet and tender notes and drawings from children who receive our pajamas and books. On a dail...

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.

Basic Arabic: Waheed Samy's Definitive Tome

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Magda Abu-Fadil

Those cut out to be teachers are a breed apart. The good ones, who make a difference in people's lives, are priceless gems cherished long after they'r...

The Power of K-W-L

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

The KWL is easy to use as it allows students to quickly add information into the first two columns. The paper can be left with them so that as new learning occurs, students can fill in the third column as well.

#SaveFulbright: America Can't Cut the Fulbright Program

Jonathan Rice | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Rice

Instead of being bogged down in high-level diplomatic talks and lofty statements by politicians, Fulbrighters work to make a direct person-to-person impact.

Lisa Babinet: Teaching Math and the Third Metric

Lisa Babinet | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
Lisa Babinet

In the classroom, we can value joy and well being in addition to academic performance, practicing being present so that we don't miss the moment when true engagement and learning occur.

Making Time for Children

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 05.31.2014 | Hawaii
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

On our trip to the Big Island, I couldn't have been more proud of our teachers who planned this special event. They truly understood what it meant to create child-centered, developmentally appropriate, experiential learning opportunities.

Writing Our Future

Michele Kotler | Posted 05.28.2014 | New York
Michele Kotler

In the ongoing dialogue regarding education reform and the quality of New York City's public schools, one voice is almost completely silent: the voice of the students.

Where Is Shana?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

So often I find myself wondering about children who were once regulars with us at Pajama Program. Last night while chatting with my husband about the...

Itzhak Perlman: 'Teaching Is Essential' For My Success

Emily Tess Katz | Posted 03.27.2014 | Arts

Grammies, a Kennedy Center Honor, a National Medal of Arts -- you name it, violinist Itzhak Perlman's won it. Now 68, Perlman started playing the ...

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.

How to Return to Teaching After Spring Break

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 05.19.2014 | Education
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

Without fail at the end of every academic break, the panic begins, like a crocheted scarf wrapping slowly around my throat. The mild anxiety creeps ...

The Corporatization of Higher Education, Through the Eyes of an Adjunct Professor

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Domino

For those unfamiliar with the term "adjunct," it is considered a part-time supplemental teaching position. To virtually earn somewhere between $10-13 an hour for performing college-level instruction speaks plainly of the Walmartization of our nation's colleges and universities.

What's Going on in Mr. Aronin's Class?

Te-Erika Patterson | Posted 05.19.2014 | Good News
Te-Erika Patterson

My son, who believes books are boring and prefers learning from Youtube videos over reading instructions, has actually been reading and discussing the books and thought provoking themes you have introduced to him.

EdTech and the Changing Role of Teachers Puts Questions in Different Mouths

Jimmy Leach | Posted 05.18.2014 | Education
Jimmy Leach

I read recently about a study in Communication Education that said that a "normal" child asks one question per subject per month. Separate research in...

Cosmos Rocks Science Right -- Again

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.17.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Cosmos is teaching at its best. Because it never feels like teaching. It feels like the greatest mystery story ever. The greatest action movie ever. The best drama series ever. The best comedy series too, probably. And when life is explained this well, it just cannot be beat.

Bring on the Sunshine!

Cheryl Arnett | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Cheryl Arnett

Flying into Newark, New Jersey, I looked out the window and saw nothing but black, white and gray landscape as far as my eyes could see. Ironically, my absence is directly tied to bringing color and a sense of springtime to my classroom.

Teachers Owning Their Learning

Chris Crouch | Posted 05.10.2014 | Education
Chris Crouch

Currently, the vast majority of teachers get very little time, if any, to work at and on their craft. Managing classrooms and planning instruction consume much of the time teachers have in their limited resources.

Letters From Prison

Tracy Strauss | Posted 05.06.2014 | Women
Tracy Strauss

While the inmates wrote of the ways I'd helped them, they were helping me: my essay and their responses were a conduit, a bridge connecting their world and mine. Writing transcended prison walls. The incarcerated women ignited a spark I thought had left my life when I lost my teaching position.

Yes, I Want to Take Them All Home

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Over my 12 year journey growing Pajama Program and getting to know the children we serve, many of my friends and volunteers have asked, "How do you...

12 Hours to Hack into Genius: NYC Students Learn Code, Create Apps, and Build Company Websites

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.03.2014 | New York
Steve Mariotti

While educators scramble to beef up STEM education, some programs are working to engage kids in hands-on projects, shepherded by experts in their field.