Teachers spend more than a third of their instructional time on tasks other than instruction. And that's before we add in paperwork done outside the classroom.
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October 08, 2018
"Teacher professionalism" can mean profoundly different things to different people. Fordham's Robert Pondiscio argues that the key to professionalizing teaching is to ask, "What do the kids do all day?"
September 04, 2018
These questions can help parents get a read on school culture and values. But just as importantly, these questions can help educators think deeply about how they want their schools to work.
June 15, 2015
A question that reformers should, but rarely do, ask themselves is what kind of school and system they would like to teach in.
June 03, 2011
Jack Dale has served as superintendent of schools in Fairfax County, Virginia, since 2004. While leading perhaps the nation's largest high-performing system, he's pushed to get serious about teacher leadership and the oft-watery notion of teacher "collaboration." This week, Dale has penned a piece...
January 24, 2011
Hello, edu-land. Well, I'm back. Hope you missed be a bit, but trust no one missed me too much, as it's pleasingly clear that readers have found Dan, Roxanna, and Meira exactly as engaging and provocative as I do. As you've doubtless noted, all three of our guest bloggers are as likely to disagre...
December 22, 2010
Recently, I keynoted a state Teacher of the Year banquet and said what I tend to say at such affairs, which is that I don't romanticize teaching because--while I believe that most teachers mean well--the reality, I think, is that many or most benefit more from their role than do their students. (By...
November 17, 2010
I've gotten a number of questions and comments regarding NCATE's big Blue Ribbon Panel report, both after my remarks at the National Press Club and in response to yesterday's post. Thought it worth taking a couple moments to expand and explain a bit, especially because teacher residencies are one o...
November 16, 2010
NCATE's big report "Transforming Teacher Education Through Clinical Practice" is out today, and is likely to get the predictable hosannas. It's scheduled for a morning event at the National Press Club (I'm doing a bit of discussant duty), where the Blue Ribbon Panel's call for "radically" revising ...
July 21, 2010
In the terrific new Education Next article "Invisible Ink in Teacher Contracts," teacher quality savants Emily Cohen and Kate Walsh instruct would-be reformers intent on boosting teacher quality not to fixate on contracts or nifty new data analysis techniques. Why? Because, they argue, the first o...