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November 21, 2014

Teaching Should Be Two-Way Interaction, Not Student-Centered, Author Says

In her new book "The Teaching Brain," Vanessa Rodriguez discusses approaching teaching as an interaction, the five awarenesses of good teachers, and the downside to "quick fixes" based on brain science.

November 10, 2014

Time for a New Metaphor: Student as Worker

What will it take to transform classrooms filled with teacher talk to classrooms in which students produce things that matter?

November 06, 2014

The Courage to Be College-Bound

A Massachusetts Expeditionary Learning high school has made students intellectually courageous--and successful--by making college the expectation for every student.

November 04, 2014

What Today's Great Teachers Know

Today's curriculum, although rich in details, is really EXTREMELY NARROW in terms of the of the necessary skills for effective thinking, effective action, effective relating and effective accomplishment that we teach our kids systematically. We CAN teach these needed skills, but we must lose the details (and not the core) of what we now teach to do so.

November 03, 2014

Teacher: Adolescent Readers Shouldn't Be Sheltered From Literature

Colorado language arts teacher Alicia Urie defends her decision to teach The Outsiders, saying that good writing can make students cry, but they will be better for it.

October 31, 2014

Great Teachers in an Age of Technology

The human teacher's role in an age of technology is NOT to teach content — something that technology can now do well — but, rather, to do what technology CAN'T do well (or at all) — i.e. provide respect, empathy, acceleration and motivation to students, while encouraging each student's individual passion.

October 30, 2014

Student Science Experiments Lost in NASA Rocket Explosion

The Antares rocket, which exploded just after takeoff in Virginia, was carrying a multitude of middle school science experiments.

October 30, 2014

National Novel Writing Month Heads Into 16th Year

Starting November 1st, students in more than 2,000 classrooms will take on a major challenge: Write a novel in a month. The Young Writers Program, part of National Novel Writing Month, gives students and teachers the tools to make it happen.

October 29, 2014

In Classrooms, Halloween Costumes Can Raise Sensitive Issues

Halloween can be a fun holiday, but some costumes can be offensive. Fortunately, there are some ways teachers can encourage students to make smart costume choices.

October 26, 2014

Role Reversal Shows Teacher What It Means to Be a Student

After spending two days shadowing high schoolers, one teacher realized how little she knew about what it actually meant to be a student.

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