A nice read for a Friday afternoon: California Teacher Guy discovers the dreaded school superintendent is actually a pretty nice guy....


huffenglish explores the plight of high school English teachers who are tired of writing extensive, thoughtful comments on students' papers, only to be subsequently be asked, “Why’d I get a B?”...


Mei Flower, who by the way has a great "about me" description, is trying out some student-directed instructional methods, but admits she's having a difficult time giving up control: I am introducing literature circles in my reading classes. I'm nervous about it, because it takes the control out of my hands and gives it to the kids; they're supposed to direct their own learning. I hope it works. It's supposed to help them become better readers and develop their metacognitive ability. I started today with my largest class, which had six groups of four. Two groups got right to work, ...


Teacher blogger Anthony Cody has an excellent and informative post on the befuddling condition of education in California. In response, Nancy Flanagan points out that California was once the model for progress in public education, but has lately "passed some truly weird education legislation."...


Will Richardson puts in a plug for a new book called Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives. His blurb: "You can add this to the chorus of smart people who see what’s happening as 'tectonic.'"...


Mister Teacher, a 3rd grade math teacher, is teaching his kids to compare number values by using the "alligator mouth eats the greater number" trick. They seem to have gotten the idea: Almost all of them had the inequality sign pointing the right way on their exercises, but almost all of them had drawn HUGE inequality signs, complete with jagged teeth, forked tongues, and in some cases, firey breath. And by the way, if Pac Man was involved in your learning of this concept, you're apparently showing your age....


Two NYC education bloggers are debating Green Dot charter school’s recent decision to unionize with the United Federation of Teachers and what it means for teacher tenure at the school. Edwize, a UFT sponsored blog, supports the decision, saying it gives teachers at the school excellent protection. Teachers working at Green Dot New York Charter School are guaranteed “just cause” for any disciplinary action, including termination. Not only does this ensure fair and consistent treatment, it also surpasses the state’s tenure law as the school’s just cause commitment applies to all employees, not just those who have ...


Ariel Sacks reports that her school is doing a nice job of giving experienced teachers meaningful leadership roles—something you don't hear all that often unfortunately. The result, she says, is institutional progress: The wonderful thing about the teacher leadership opportunities at my school is that they truly allow teachers to solve problems and guide the progress of the school. Teachers have so much input and autonomy that there is amazingly little resistance to progress. There are no outside people condescending to us, telling us what to do, and meeting with that classic teacher response (which is often conveyed only...


J. of Mildly Melancholy started a new job this year and, from the sounds of it, is having some some major stress and confidence issues....


Matthew Kay of Lesson Plans—a new group of teacher blogs hosted by the New York Times—teaches at a successful high school in Philadelphia that has figured out a way to deal with the common problem of teacher retention that many urban schools face and a way to get the students excited about school. As I write this, student laughter is floating up from our café — late on a Friday afternoon. Some have stepped out to get Chinese, and now they are back — to hang out with teachers in the principal’s office. Given every opportunity to leave, both ...


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