Finland to Reduce Role of Academic Subjects Through 'Phenomenon' Teaching

A set of reforms in Finland will require schools to implement extended "phenomenon-based" programs that focus on interdisciplinary lessons rather than traditional subject-area classes.


Teacher Chides One Direction for Interfering With Test Prep

The departure of One Direction band member Zayn Malik wreaked havoc on a San Antonio teacher's standardized-test preparation.


Classroom-Exchange Program Exposes Inequalities

What happens when students get an up-close glimpse of the vast resource disparities between different schools?


White House Events Make a Point on Science Teaching

Educators often praise the power of modeling in teaching, as in life. We talk about role models for a reason. So consider this question: What would it mean for students if the President of the United States chose not to accept science?


Don't Become a Teacher, Advises Award-Winner Nancie Atwell

After receiving the Global Teaching Award, renowned educator Nancie Atwell made remarks discouraging prospective teachers from entering the profession and criticizing the effects the common core has had on education.


For Students Who Want to Be Teachers, New Documentary Explores Obstacles

"The Road to TEACH" follows the cross-country road trip of three 20-somethings who are considering careers in education despite discouragement from parents and peers.


Can Boys Help Girls Who Have Body Image Issues?

A UK child health expert is causing a stir by recommending that teachers tackle girls' body image issues by having boys discuss what they think is attractive.


Robot Teaches Handwriting by Turning Students Into Teachers

A Swiss robot helps students improve their handwriting by having them learn by teaching.


Nancie Atwell Wins $1 Million Teaching Prize

Nancie Atwell, a language arts teacher from Maine, has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize, sponsored by the Varkey Foundation.


Arne Duncan Offers Praise for Teacher-Leadership Initiative, But Future Is Murky

One year after the secretary challenged educators to hold him accountable for the growth of a major teacher-leadership program, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan summzarized progress.


Survey: Classroom-Tech Adoption Near Universal

An online survey suggests that 96 percent of classrooms utilize some form of computer technology, though teachers still struggle with hardware shortages and a lack of consistent Internet access.


Teacher of the Year Candidate Takes Issue With High-Stakes Testing

"Self-reflection is huge, and we don't do enough of that," says Alabama Teacher of the Year Ann Marie Corgill.


N.Y. Elementary School Eliminates Homework, But Parents Protest

A N.Y. elementary school is telling students to spend time with their families and play more instead of doing homework, but some parents are resisting the changes.


Survey: Minority Students Show Interest in IT Careers, Want Hands-On Experiences

A survey shows that minority students are interested in IT careers and that they would like more opportunities for hands-on career experience, particularly connected to their existing life plans.


Professor: Common Core Teaches Students That Murder Isn't Wrong

A professor argues that public schools are failing to teach students the difference between fact and opinion, resulting in moral apathy among young people.


Biased Teachers Dissuade Girls From STEM Courses, Study Says

A new study shows that teacher bias can influence girls' performance in STEM subjects and their decision to pursue further studies in the subject.


After Outcry, San Francisco Archdiocese to Review Moral Code for Catholic Teachers

A requirement that teachers in San Francisco Catholic schools publicly uphold Church standards will be reviewed by a panel of teachers.


Teachers Favor Students With Similar Personalities, Says Study

A German study shows that teachers tend to favor those students whose personalities closely match their own.


'Harmful Materials' Bill Targeting Teacher Protections Passes Kan. Senate

A bill that would allow teachers to be prosecuted for providing "harmful materials" to minors has been passed by the Kansas Senate.


New Resource Lets Students Write Letters to Poets, and Maybe Get a Response

The Academy of American Poets has launched a new multimedia feature in which students can watch videos of prominent poets reading from their work and then write letters to the authors in response.


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