Feeling beat? Happychyk discourses on the phenomenon of early-summer teacher collapse. Last night I had a conversation with my principal, and come to find out she's been napping every afternoon, too. She's a little surprised by her need for sleep, and that surprised me. I think she's been in education longer than I've been alive, and she's about the hardest working administrator I know. As far as I can tell, her working hours know no boundaries. Surely after all these years she's felt that "Something's gotta give!" that comes in June....


Mister Teacher provides a list of 12 Things Teachers Should Do Over Summer Break. Number 7 sounds like good advice: Find a trivia night at a local restaraunt or bar. Try to win....


Will Richardson observes that the coverage of the election protests in Iran—coming to us via twitter, raw video, and personal blogs—illustrates that we are in a whole new ball game when it comes to media literacy. In his formulation, we are all editors now. Are kids equipped for this role? Richardson's not so sure: I know that we should have been teaching these skills and processes all along with every piece of information we read or shared. But the reality is that we as an educational system haven’t been doing a very good job of it. Right...


“My dog ate it” just doesn’t seem to cut it these days. Mr. Potter of Harry Potter and the Urban School Nightmare had a student offer the following excuse to get out of a recent test: Mr. Potter: *Student*, you missed a test yesterday. You need to make it up. Student: But Mr. Potter, I have an excuse! MP: Well, you still need to make it up -- what's the excuse? S: I was in court! MP: For what?! S: Stealing form Target....


Pondiscio at Core Knowledge provides a cautionary reminder that it's entirely possible for a kid to ace standardized tests and still not know all that much: What the data doesn’t show ... is that out in the real world there are very different metrics [than test results] at work. There’s too often far less to our current definition of success than meets the eye....


Hobo Teacher can't find it in himself to end on a positive note this year. He's got some harsh words: Does anyone care an abundant amount of criminals, bigots, and just general all around jack-a-ninnies graduated high schools around this country this past year? And that's just the start...


A fascinating and troubling post: Middle school teacher Bill Ferriter is noticing some signs that kids are increasingly confusing video games with reality: I'm just starting to wonder whether one of the unintended consequences of easy access to electronic experience is that we're raising a generation of children who have a flawed sense of their personal strengths and weaknesses? Are middle schoolers--who love fantasy and imagination to begin with--confused, failing to find the line between fiction and reality when determining what they "know" and "can do?"...


Ariel Sacks, guest blogging at Public School Insights, says she would invest in efforts to keep effective teachers from leaving the classroom. For her, that means creating and compensating teacher-leadership roles—something that is shamefully lacking at present: I serve as a grade team facilitator, mentor teacher and curriculum developer, as well as a full-time teacher. These positions help teachers support one another and gain a voice in their schools, which can improve working conditions and outcomes for students. However, the titles and responsibilities don’t represent career advancement for me (or most other teachers) because, unlike in other professions,...


Doug Johnson says "library people" need to be able to answer the question of why schools even need libraries in the age of the Internet. And he gets a ton of responses. Hat tip: Teacher Ninja....


Group blog boingboing recently featured a story about a decidedly atypical high-school rebel. A teenager in a private school is using the unoccupied locker next to her own to run a lending library of banned books. The list includes: The Canterbury Tales, Candide, The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Animal Farm, the Holy Qu'ran, and more. The library’s popularity grew—as did her peers’ interest in reading—through word of mouth and the library now contains 62 banned books. The story surfaced when the girl posted a question about the ethics of her underground ...


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