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August 03, 2011

Teacher Pay

Note: Michael Bromley, a teacher in Washington, DC, is guest-posting this week. My colleagues groan when I say it, and then tell me to shut up: teachers are over-paid. Truly, we are. To argue that teachers are underpaid defies logic and means nothing: based on what? Oh, teachers are socially import...

August 01, 2011

Stumbling Into Teaching & Some Lessons Learned

Note: Michael Bromley, a teacher in Washington, DC, is guest-posting this week. My first experiences teaching came as a substitute teacher in Montgomery County. It was useful work, flexible, and fun. It culminated in a long-term subbing job for the last months of the year for a government teacher o...

July 29, 2011

Follow the Money?

Note: Jeff Henig, a professor of political science and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, is guest-posting this week. "Follow the money" can be good advice. Knowing who is footing the bill--for a political campaign, policy notion, or advocacy group--doesn't tell you all you need to...

July 27, 2011

Policy by Algorithm

Note: Jeff Henig, a professor of political science and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, is guest-posting this week. There is a satisfying solidity to the term "data-based" decision-making. But basing decisions on data is not the same thing as basing them on knowledge. Data are co...

July 25, 2011

What Do Teachers Want?

Note: Jeff Henig, a professor of political science and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, is guest-posting this week. A bit over ten years ago (December 2000), Mel Gibson--not yet the semi-pariah he's become due to his high profile breakdowns--starred in the movie "What Women Wan...

July 22, 2011

We're More Than Just Teachers, We're Experienced Beginners

Note: Cole Farnum, a teacher in New York City, is guest-posting this week. As a beginning educator embarking on a career in schools, I am constantly reflecting on how I can improve what I do and, more deeply, who I am. My series this week was about exploring why I'm at risk of failure as a beginni...

July 21, 2011

In Time, A New Mindset: The Beginner Mentors the Veteran

Note: Cole Farnum, a teacher in New York City, is guest-posting this week. As a beginning teacher, I've experienced times when communicating with my colleagues has been challenging. I've discovered that allowing alternative perspectives to inform my own, not just working harder as an individual, i...

July 20, 2011

If We All Want Student Success, Why Don't We Allow It Of One Another?

Note: Cole Farnum, a teacher in New York City, is guest-posting this week. On Monday, I introduced my central belief for this week: all teachers, regardless of their background experience or training, need one another to grow as an educator. Yesterday, I explained that regardless of the assets I h...

July 19, 2011

Success Breeding Failure: When Working Hard Wasn't Going To Be Enough

Note: Cole Farnum, a teacher in New York City, is guest-posting this week. Yesterday, I made the case that beginning teachers have an amazing potential to shape the development of their colleagues. Today, I want to begin by explaining what assets I felt I developed in my early years as a teacher a...

July 18, 2011

Not Just a Beginning Teacher

Note: Cole Farnum, a teacher in New York City, is guest-posting this week. "Well, Cole, what do you think we should do next year?" an experienced colleague asked me regarding changes to the way our school approached behavior management. We were near the end of our school year, sitting together in ...

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