Edutech humor: Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach conducts a twitter poll and gets some very witty responses....


Is he making this up? Hobo teacher says he was (apparently) accidently included on an e-mail in which his school's parent-teacher liason assured some parents, apropos of planning for an upcoming function, that "these teachers will eat anything.”...


For teachers in schools that use turnitin.com, Fred the Fish offers some helpful advice on making use of the site's student discussion-board feature as part of a course curriculum. (And for those who have qualms about the online plagiarism-busting service, she—I believe Fred's a she—offers a reasoned defense of turnitin.com in the comments section.)...


In the midst of an otherwise good week—including a fascinating-sounding game of robot basketball—Ms. Frizzle finds her teaching style compromised by an appearance of head lice in her school: Meanwhile my whole seventh period class had to be checked for lice (and there was at least one positive) and it’s been all I can do to stop feeling paranoidly itchy since then. Yuck. Yuck yuck yuck YUCK. I’ve never been the kind of teacher who is totally “hands-off” - I’ll give a kid a hug or a pat on the shoulder or whatever, despite ...


Applicants for National Board certification have to provide and analyze 15 minute video segments of themselves in the classroom. Ms. Cookie of Math Teacher Mumbo found the experience highly illuminating and recommends it as a general practice....


Holly at Education Choices offers some practical tips for substitute teachers. Among other things, she says, you should make sure you have notebook to write in (as a disciplinary tactic) and your: Painkiller of choice (Aspirin, Advil, Tylenol, etc) - Students can be a pain, quite literally. The only thing worse than substitute teaching a bad class is substitute teaching a bad class while in pain. You get the feeling she knows what she's talking about. Hat tip: Creating Lifelong Learners...


Nancy Flanagan offers a trenchant response to a U.S. News & World Report piece calling teaching one of the most "overrated" careers in America. She writes: To understand why teaching is satisfying and gratifying, you must approach it as a believer in the complex, redemptive and transformative power of education. The person who wrote the U.S. News item—which, as Flanagan suggests, comes across as almost offensively shallow—clearly does not....


A number of tech-oriented teachers have recently referred to the instructional possibilities of Twitter, a sort of social network text-messaging tool. To be honest, we weren't entirely sure what they were talking about, either. But here's a very helpful post on the subject. Hat tip: Will Richardson....


TMAO of Teaching at the 408 rails at a district decision to assign police officers to his middle school. The law enforcement presence, he writes, has undermined the atmosphere of trust and high expectations that had helped dramatically boost the school's achievement and reputation. And it's a very slippery slope: We have placed our feet upon a path that will pull us back into the bucket, pull us back down into that dank place where there is no unity, no sense of purpose, no common goal, no pursuit of excellence, just a fractured group of individuals, some getting by, some ...


In an uncharacteristically ornery mood, Bill Ferriter says he's fed up with teachers who say the they don't have time to incorporate technology into their instruction. He's having none of it. If teachers want to shed their reputation as "whiners," he writes: "we simply must stop shooting down every suggestion and find the capacity within our ranks to improve our own conditions. We're not as helpless as we like others to think that we are." And yet he admits that administrators and policymakers are at least partly to blame because, well, in fact, most teachers don't have enough non-instruction to ...


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