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Great Teachers Sculpt the Soul

Ryon Harms | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
Ryon Harms

We are born into the world as a block of marble. Somewhere inside of that block exists our highest self, the raw potential of our destiny. If we're open to it, the Universe presents us with experiences that work away at that block to reveal who we're meant to be.

Is Teacher 'Appreciation' Enough?

Jason Endacott | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

What do we mean by "appreciation" when we talk about our nation's teachers? How do we appreciate those who give so much of themselves while constantly hearing the fabricated refrain of public school failure?

Ask the Art Professor: How Do I Become a Teaching Assistant?

Clara Lieu | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Clara Lieu

Working as a TA can be a highly enriching and rewarding experience. By collaborating with the professor and students, you learn to cultivate vital relationships and gain essential perspective.

Millennials to Teaching Profession: Shape Up

TNTP | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
TNTP

I know that there are irreplaceable teachers in every district in the country, and I'm in awe of their abilities in the classroom. But they need company.

Teaching Then and Now, Part 2

Vicki Cobb | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

A few months ago, I wrote a post about my early experiences as a young teacher 50 years ago. I learned a very important lesson on the very first day of my new job. It transformed the way I taught.

To Celebrate Great Teaching, Support Great Teachers

Chris Minnich | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Chris Minnich

At the heart of every great classroom is someone with a gift for igniting the sparks of curiosity that flash in every young mind. Someone who can tran...

How to Travel Around the World Without Being Rich

Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.29.2014 | Travel
Erin Ruberry

So many people say, "I wish I could travel more" but they can -- it just means stepping outside your comfort zone.

Innovating Municipal Government Culture

Steve Blank | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

D.R. Widder is the Vice President of Innovation and holds the Steve Blank Innovation Chair at Philadelphia University. He's helping city government in...

From Days of Auld Langdell: Crisis and Reform in Modern Legal Education

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Harold Lloyd

An odd Victorian bears much responsibility for the current crisis in legal education. After practicing law for fifteen years, Christopher Columbus Lan...

Promoting Change in Texas

Rich Taylor | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Rich Taylor

Texas provides an example of how forward-thinking policymakers and innovative business leaders can work together to encourage and achieve progress.

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.