Can the Common Core Standards make push classroom instruction and make standardized testing a worthy cause?

Is the state of the union really getting stronger? President Obama thinks so, but it certainly doesn't feel like it on the streets of Chicago.

A message from Marilyn: Hi Blog Readers, I haven't written a blog post in nearly two weeks because my beloved father passed away on January 29th, and I have not been myself. I am writing, however, to inform you that today The New York Times is promoting a post I wrote several weeks ago for its Room for Debate forum. I am arguing about the value of book awards in children's literature. Thanks so much for your support during this difficult time. Best, Marilyn...

Students of all races and ethnicities must learn about the Civil Rights Movement, and teachers must help them understand that it didn't just benefit black people.

Teaching your students valuable lessons about life can happen on or off the basketball court.

The murders of 62 mostly minority children in Chicago this year were just as tragic and newsworthy as the 20 children killed in Sandy Hook. Had you heard about the former statistic?

This is a follow-up post originally published on Dec. 19, 2012 on the Education Week Teacher blog "Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable." Please Click here to read what other panelists have to say about teacher retention, and add your voice to the discussion on how to stop teaching's "revolving door." Slave. Masochist. These are the words two teachers used to describe themselves at the end of a school day last week. "I don't know why anyone would want this job—I have no life," one teacher said. "We seriously love pain, that's why we do it," added the other, stretching her ...

A good principal will help teachers not want to quit teaching, even when the days in the classroom are long and hard.

Want to engage the most reluctant writing student? Teach a poetry unit, invite guest writers to lead a workshop, but most of all, host a poetry slam. It may be the game changer you've been waiting for.

Guest Blogger: Nawal Qarooni Nawal Qarooni is Lead Literacy teacher for the middle grades in a charter school in Chicago. She has also taught language arts in Brooklyn, New York and was a reporter for the Newark Star-Ledger. She holds masters degrees in both journalism and education. Reading has been on my mind nonstop since August when the school year began. I have been semi-obsessed with reading since I was a child, and I am now observing a love of reading unfold at home with my one-year-old daughter, who refuses most toys, but constantly seeks us out to read her ...


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