Hobo Teacher: A morning e-mail informs teachers that—oops—they may have passed by a toxic on-campus construction site on their way into school. Is it any wonder this guy thinks the school administration is trying to make him crack? (Seriously, does he make this stuff up? Or are some schools really this absurd?)...


Will Richardson has probably done as much as anyone to help teachers mine the educational potential of the Web, but he's also wary of the seismic shifts in social relations and information consumption that interactive technology appears to be creating. The question for teachers, he says, is "how do we address these issues as a part of the the literacies we teach our kids in the curriculum so they can accurately assess what is real and what is not?"...


An article on the seemingly forgotten reciprocal relationship beween the public and public schools prompts Renee Moore to reflect on a time when the phrase "it takes a whole village to raise a child" was more than just a political punchline. During her youth, she writes: The entire community took the raising and teaching of children as a collective responsibility. I could as much expect Mr. Alexander across the street to quiz me on my times tables as I could my teacher. Mrs. Duncan at the corner store was well within her rights to chastise me for acting "unladylike" in ...


Following a recent controversy at his school surrounding students posting hateful comments about teachers on Facebook and MySpace, Assistive Principles says that these students may merely be trying to “get in good graces with the ‘popular crowd.’” He emphasizes that any posting on the Internet, whether about the student, or a teacher the student may not like, may not always represent reality. The insight he has for teachers who are surprised by the actions of their students is: Our students are not who we think they are. They are more concerned with the perceptions of others, because their self esteem ...


Eduwonkette believes the world of education policy will—or should—come to a halt in recognition of the University of Kansas' victory last night in the NCAA National Championship game. (Or is this just her way of saying she's taking the week off?) Incidentally, if your students are talking about the game today, you might be able to capture their attention with a bit of relevant educational trivia: Did you know that the KU chant of "Rock Chalk Jayhawk" was originally created, in 1886, by the university's science club, to be amended later (per usual) by an English professor?...


With all the negative news in education, we too often neglect to take of notice of daily classroom triumphs, which of course are a big deal. For example, NYC teacher Mildly Melancholy reports on a string of successful student projects that have her feeling good about her class, albeit cautiously....


There's an interesting conversation going on among some teacher bloggers about the value and impact of new technologies in the classroom. The science teacher at Huh, That's Interesting—backed by comments from music educator Nancy Flanagan—questions whether some teachers aren't merely "seduced by the flashiness" of instructional technology and worries that overuse of digital tools in the classroom will only increase the disconnection of today's students' from the real, visceral world. On the other hand, Bill Ferriter, an English teacher who's become a Web 2.0 enthusiast, argues that, on a certain level, such attitudes belie an attachment...


A first-year preschool teacher struggles with losing her job because she made what sounds like a pretty bad but honest mistake. Sounds like she could use some words of encouragement....


Darren at Right on the Left Coast: Views From a Conservative Teacher argues that schools hold a double standard when it comes to teaching about alcohol versus sex: Regarding alcohol, in our schools we we teach the equivalent of abstinence. Alcohol is bad and is to be avoided at all costs. Why do we teach abstinence for alcohol, but, often in the very same health course, teach not sexual abstinence but so-called safe sex?...


As well as educators think they know their students, they really don’t know them at all. That’s the point Assistive Principle hammers home in the wake of yet another fiasco involving students, Facebook, and hateful comments directed at a member of the faculty. Our students are not who we think they are. They are more concerned with the perceptions of others, because their self esteem depends so much on what others think. They are willing to say and do things that may not be true, that may be hateful, and that may even be offensive to themselves in ...


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