Hobo Teacher is skeptical that any of the various education-related legislative initiatives being bandied about will ever really improve his lot: Let me put it this way; you can build and rebuild the fastest, most badass car again and again and its bolts are just that—bolts. And that’s what teachers are—the stuff that holds things together—no matter the design with its improvements (or mistakes) and changes....


Renee Moore sees growing evidence that rigid school-testing systems can ulimately curb teachers' potential and intellectual flexibility. This doesn't bode well, she suggests, for high-needs schools....


Just back from the National Council for Social Studies' annual conference, Polski 3 raises an interesting question: Why don't the people who organize these things get more actual teachers to make the presentations? Way too many of [the presenters] were NOT teaching students using the materials they were presenting. And why is this? Because they were college/university/publishers people. Browsing through the convention program, I'd guesstimate only about 1/4 of the workshops were actually presented by practicing classroom teachers. Personally, I prefer to hear about activities, ideas, etc. from someone who is doing these with real kids, not ...


Hobo Teacher has to get his picture taken for his school's "Rock Star Wall." Sounds like a nice honor of sorts, but he makes an interesting point: I guess this wall is an attempt to celebrate the teachers, but why can’t it be a “teacher” wall? There’s nothing wrong with being a teacher. There shouldn’t be a need to sell what we do as special by trying to compare us to such extraordinary lifestyles. And then there's the fact that they're using the leftover Thanksgiving decor for the backdrop ......


You've heard about U.S. News & World Report's new ranking of the 100 best high schools in the country? Well, Teacher blogger Emmet Rosenfeld's school was number one. He offers some thoughts on the rankings and what makes his school so good....


California Teacher Guy discusses the problems he is having in teaching writing to his students. The materials he received at a PD institute, he says, haven't helped: I don’t write the way they want students to write. I just write, just let the words flow, and then I arrange and rearrange and cut and paste and hack and chop until the resulting product is pleasing to read. I can’t tell you how I do it, I just do it—and it works. But all that crap about brainstorming and prewriting and outlining and whatever else they tell you ...


TMOA of the 408 divulges he's entered a period of career crisis--of professional longing and frustration--that he calls "the ledge." It happens, he says, to many ambitious teachers in the three-to-five year range: I live up on that ledge, man, live there in the tightrope narrow space where you need to struggle against the constraints of the system in which you work. It’s in that space where you know you do it for the kids, where everything is for the kids, where you get paid in appreciations and handslaps and end-of-the-year surveys from the kids, and you love doing ...


A school librarian in New Jersey, fearing poor student research habits, has started a "Just Say No to Wikipedia" campaign. Scott McLeod of Dangerously Irrevelant calls it "a bunch of hooey" and an injustice to students....


Edublog has announced its nominees for the best education blogs in 2007, including the best teacher blog. Vote for your faves...


Mrs. T, an Iowa high school teacher and proprietor of the blog Chuchería, has a gripe we're seeing more and more of: That number of school-sanctioned breaks from class time—for class-ring presentions, pep rallies, athletic scholarship signings (!), etc.—has "gotten out of hand."...


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