High school English teacher Emmet Rosenfeld published a well-received article in the Washington Post Magazine last week about his all-consuming but ultimately failed quest for national-board certification. In the latest post on his blog here on Teacher, Emmet provides a sampling of the responses he received from teachers and others who were moved by the article. It's an interesting range of opinion....


I knew I saw something last week about an NYC charter school that reportedly pays its teachers $125,000 a year, but I didn't have time to pursue it. Fortunately, Ms. Frizzle apparently saw it too, and she's got the details on how they do it: The school day is long, but structured to provide time for each teacher to take on one after school class and one school service position. The school service positions include most of the duties normally carried out by APs (or by team leaders like me! I mean, I already do a ton of this ...


Over at the Teacher Leaders Network, John Norton keeps his promise and provides a helpful roundup of what's new and noteworthy in education periodicals....


We don't usually highlight non-educators on this page, but in his popular blog on Slate, political commentator Mickey Kaus has a quite pertintent post on the potential tensions between Barack Obama—now, by all accounts, the Democratic frontrunner—and the teachers' unions. Among other things, he quotes an observer as saying that, during a question-and-answer exchange at a fundraiser, Obama specifically identified the unions as an obstacle to charter schools—a movement he supports. During the campaign, Obama has also spoken positively (though not in great detail) about performance pay for teachers, and has suggested an openness towards vouchers....


In pondering, somewhat guiltily, why nearly half of his students are failing his class this year, IB a Math Teacher does a quick Excel calculation on his gradebook and finds the answer: If he takes out all the zeros for missed assignments, quizzes, and tests, his students' average grade—wait for it—"goes from a 52% F to a 81% B-." But there's not a whole lot he can do about it at this point: I can't excuse the missing work because some of them are assessments. I surely can't figure out what they can do on their own without...


Update on Eduwonkette's Valentine's Week education-love-poem contest: NYC science teacher Ms. Frizzle wasted no time in making an appointment with her muse (which apparently caused her to miss dinner). After her first poem, she comments: "Is this one funny to anyone else but me?" To which we have to answer: well, er ... But the take off on Andrew Marvell is pretty ingenious....


Responding to Patrick Welsh’s op-ed piece in Sunday’s Washington Post accusing one Virginia school of having a technology fetish, blogger Will Richardson chides the tech-phobic attitudes of some teachers, saying that we need to learn with the technology, not just implement it, in order to keep pace with students. Richardson’s response is quite measured, especially compared to some of the comments that followed on his blog....


Eighth-graders preparing for a handwritten essay test wonder what font they should write in. Their teacher plays along nicely....


Bill Ferriter passes along some thoughts by new teachers on what they would really like their more experienced colleagues to know about them (but are apparently afraid to say aloud). Here's an example: As a beginning teacher, I really need my colleagues to know...that I do not understand all of the acronyms you use. When you use them with frequency, I get lost and have no idea what you are talking about. Please take time to explain what you are saying! And he's got many more....


Eduwonkette, now blogging right next door (in a virtual sense) at edweek.org, is holding a Valentine's week contest in which she's accepting love poems written to education policymakers and bloggers. This clearly demands some teacher participation. Go ahead, express yourself....


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