Hobo Teacher's year is off to a (characteristically) rough start. Among other things, at a school open house, a parent voiced a concern that some of the materials on his class reading list seem to promote "homosexuality and rape." Leaving aside that the books were selected by the district in accordance with an approved policy, HT is struck by the woman's conjoinment of issues: Yikes, lady—I understand that stances on homosexuality vary in this country a great deal, but putting it in the same breathe as rape—whoa. That’s a big ol’ bag of objection that she’s ...


IB a Math Teacher has caught a few of his students looking, not just once but twice....


Cindi Rigsbee, North Carolina teacher of the year, recounts her emotional appearance on Good Morning America, during which she was reunited with her long-lost, inspirational 1st grade teacher. For the next few seconds, as the video footage is showing me gasp and run to hug her, I am no longer Cindi Rigsbee, Teacher of the Year. Instead I am Cindy Cole, first grader at Bragtown Elementary, and my emotions are no longer contained, even if all America is watching! … One thing I want to remember forever: during the piece and after - there were very few people in that room ...


Edwize reports that 23 year old NYC teacher Hannah Upp has been missing since August 29. The UFT posted a $10,000 dollar reward for information leading to her whereabouts. For more information on Hannah and to find out how you can help, go to We’re Not Giving Upp (on Hannah), and join the Facebook group. 9/17/2008 Update: Missing Teacher Found According to an Associated Press report, Hannah Upp was rescued by a ferry captain after jumping from a Staten Island pier. She is in stable condition....


Inspired by two librarian bloggers (here and here) that recently tackled the complex discussion of defining and avoiding censorship in their libraries, Doug Johnson of Blue Skunk reflects on his own experience as a school librarian fighting censorship, the ALA and AASL’s policies, and the courage it takes to stand up to proponents of censorship. It takes a deceptively large amount of courage to fight censorship, to defend a wide variety of viewpoints - especially in a politically charged climate … this [is] certainly not an issue the library alone owns. How will you respond when a parent asks you ...


Teach Baltimore of More Humbly did I Teach (formerly Epiphany in Baltimore) was surprised by the large applause Sen. John McCain received after declaring in his RNC speech that he will, “help bad teachers find another line of work.” (It was) the applause that most struck me - a wild, frenzied cheer for teachers to lose their jobs. I just keep trying to imagine if the line was about another profession, like firefighters, or police officers … immediately thereafter McCain brings up the word "accountability," which is a euphemistic buzzword for standardized tests. On the other had, TB says he got ...


Just back from a professional development tour, Will Richardson says that teachers are still behind in their awareness of the way technology is changing things: The vast majority of those who I’ve been in rooms with the last three weeks have little idea of what is happening in the world and have given nary a thought to what this means for teaching and learning. How do I know that? By the “omg” comments that I hear as they are filing out. By the “Ugh…we’ve got a lot of work to do” responses. By the teacher/mother of ...


This is actually last week's news (we're a bit behind on things), but in case you missed it: The secret identity of edweek.org's uber blogger eduwonkette has been revealed. This was a very well-kept secret that, so I've heard, was driving a lot of education policy folks crazy....


Filling in at PBS's media infusion, classroom technology expert Kristin Hokanson says the growth of Web 2.0 tools makes this an exciting--and crucial--time to teach kids about the election. After all, much of the campaigning is happening in a space that is familiar to young people: For the 2008 election, all of the candidates have accounts on [MySpace and Facebook] and many other social networking sites. YouTube You Choose is a common source of political videos and MySpace Decision 08 is reaching out to younger voters. The job for teachers, Hokanson writes, is to draw out the educational value ...


What It’s Like On The Inside responds to a recent article from Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews examining group grading. Mathews explains that, although it's not been a recommended practice for several years in Maryland’s Montgomery County, old habits die hard. According to What It’s, that’s no excuse for a practice that she thinks hurts students. We know from educational research that cooperative learning experiences can be valuable to students. But, as the name suggests, these strategies are to be used while learning---not for assessment....


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