April 2013 Archives

Ben Orlin, a high school math teacher in Oakland, Calif., has advice for fellow math teachers trying to reach their struggling students: Experience math failure for yourselves.

This morning, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten gave a speech in New York City in which she called for a moratorium on high stakes associated with the impending common-core tests.

In a significant moment in professional sports history, Jason Collins, a 12-year veteran of the NBA, came out today as the first openly gay male athlete in a major U.S. team sport--and in doing so offered a charge to teachers.

Teachers give students all sorts of things--homework, snacks, grades, advice, detention. But the Associated Press reports that one Ohio teacher recently gave her former kindergartner something much more critical: a kidney.

Obscure but interesting factoid alert: Did you know that the highest scoring player in the history of professional indoor lacrosse is high school math teacher?

In "Those Who Can't," a new comedy pilot from Amazon, three high school teachers face a common foe: a high school lacrosse player.

Happy Earth Day! Today is a day when many science and environmental teachers plan creative activities for their students that often extend beyond the classroom. But did you know that art teachers are getting involved as well? Here are a few of the ways that schools used art classes to increase awareness of the environment.

The Council of Chief State School Officers today announced Jeff Charbonneau, a high school science teacher in Washington state, as the 2013 National Teacher of the Year.

New research from the Brookings Institution provides empirical backing for the widely held notion that that math and science teachers can generally find higher paying jobs outside of education.

Here's the latest in homework-assignment mishaps: A 10th grade English teacher in Albany, N.Y., asked her students to write an essay from the point of view of a Nazi and to argue that "Jews are evil," according to The New York Times.

Just 24 hours ago, two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and injuring some 170 more. There's also a good chance you'll need to address this horrifying event--which has been documented through vivid and often gruesome images--with your students.

The group Public Impact is helping bring alternative staffing models to life in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.

In the Washington Post Magazine, Andrew Reiner offers a sweeping look at the disparate approaches schools have taken in their attempts to teach students self-control, which many studies have shown has an impressive correlation to later success in life.

A new technology program allows instructors to track their students' reading progress in digital textbooks.

Are testing systems to blame?

As more districts and schools move to blended- and online-learning models, will students collaborate less, and thus be less innovative?

In a fascinating Wall Street Journal article—a must-read for science teachers—legendary Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson seeks to dispel the notion that students need to be advanced in mathematics to pursue scientific interests. "Many of the most successful scientists in the world today," he divulges, "are mathematically no more than semiliterate." Wilson says that he himself didn't take algebra until his freshman year in college—a virtual heresy by today's academic expectations. He adds that he was never more than a C student in math. Education policymakers and commentators tend to lump math and science together, often...

In honor of National Poetry Month (and Friday .... whew, it's Friday!), we felt compelled to pass along a poem that a teacher sent to us.

Various organizations gear up to celebrate National Poetry Month, an initiative that was first introduced by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.

Videos can be a great tool for introducing a lesson, engaging students, or demonstrating an elusive concept. Here's a resource that can help teachers find good video content.

Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that 11 percent of school-age kids in the U.S.--and one in five boys in high school--have received a medical diagnosis of ADHD.

Language arts teachers take note: According to Atlantic staff writer Megan Garber, the dreaded "who/whom" distinction may soon be a thing of the past.

April Fools' Day kicks of National Humor Month, giving teachers the opportunity to incorporate jokes and laughter in their lesson plans this month.

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