In a Huffington Post piece, two Google executives write about what they perceive as a "major flaw" in the Common Core State Standards: It doesn't address computer science.
On Wednesday, the Florida department of education posted the first round of aggregate results from its new teacher evaluation system--then within hours identified errors and pulled the data from its website.
On the 71st anniversary of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, an article poses questions on on history teaching in schools.
J. Crew, a most popular brand among young professionals, is now selling a t-shirt in support of the nonprofit--and controversial--teacher placement program, Teach for America.
An Ind. state senator, frustrated by the failure of a bill he introduced to require schools to teach creationism, now has plans to push legislation promoting the lofty-sounding notion of "truth in education."
Technology teacher Mary Beth Hertz writes on Edutopia that teachers need to beware of the "dangerous" stereotype that all students these days are "digital natives."
The Los Angeles school district and the city's teachers' union have reached a tentative agreement about the conditions of a new teacher evaluation system, putting an end to months of court-ordered bargaining.
TEDEducation has been putting together some very cool short lesson videos combining animation with instruction by high-profile educators.
In his Washington Post education column, Jay Mathews reports on a mother's frustration in getting teachers to understand and provide accommodations for her gifted children who struggle with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and executive function disorder, an inability to self-organize.
At a session on teacher effectiveness at yesterday's Excellence in Action National Summit in Washington, Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman offered some lessons learned for legislators and state leaders looking to implement revised teacher-evaluation systems. The information he presented may be instructive for educators as well, since Tennessee was one of the first states to go down this perilous road. Tennessee is in its second year of using a new statewide system that bases 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation on observation ratings, 35 percent on student-growth measures, and 15 percent on other measures of achievement. Last fall, Education Week ...
When Michigan students eventually take the Smarter Balanced Assessmentthe Common Core State Standards-based exam that the state has signed on to adopt in 2015they'll do so not on paper, but online. According to the Detroit Free Press, the change "marks a dramatic shift occurring in education: The traditional paper-and-pencil, fill-in-the-blank exams could become as much of a relic as learning cursive and using blackboards." About 35,000 students across the state recently participated in a pilot program in which they took social studies exams online, reports the paper. And while some schools struggled to find enough computers...
New York City math teacher José Vilson has a nice post-Hurricane Sandy refection on schools' often-under-appreciated role as the hub of community.
A holiday teacher blogosphere roundup: Inspired by a session at a recent National Writing Project meeting, Bud the Teacher encourages educators to take 5 minutes to write about a teacher or mentor for whom they are thankful. Middle school teacher Bill Ferriter, as if on queue, expresses thanks for teacher-technologist David Jakes, whose thinking he says is helping him transition from being a "Yes, but" to a "What if?" type person. U.S. New and World Report's High School Notes blog, taking a slightly different approach, collects teachers' responses on what, in spite of everything, they are thankful for this ...
The Oregonian provides a glimpse into a school district that has instituted a late-start for students on Wednesday mornings so that teachers can get together for mandatory data-team meetings.
In a SmartBlog post, middle school teacher Mark Barnes argues that homework is at odds with the goals of effective instruction today: This practice of assigning homework, simply because it'[s] something that's always been done, is not only absurd and outdated, it is undermining effective 21st-century teaching and learning. Most teachers link homework to grades so the students who don't do homework don't learn the materialmainly because not enough teaching is being done in classand many would-be learners grow to hate school because they wind up with poor grades and, ultimately, feel like failures. ... Meanwhile, educators...
At a locally organized TEDx conference in Costa Mesa, Calif., last month, former Los Angeles teacher Nigel Nisbet explained how he turned chocolate bars into geometry problems to get kids hooked on math.
From the Associated Press: "A teacher in the southern Idaho town of Declo is being criticized after she had her fourth-grade students use permanent markers to draw on the faces of children who failed to meet reading goals."
In response to a national report on teacher absences, columnist Dan Rodricks of The Baltimore Sun wrote that he was dismayed to learn that 35 percent of teachers in Maryland missed 10 or more days of school in the 2009-10 school year. "I'm a union man, but I'll tell you one thing: The men and women who fought for and won sick-day privileges for teachers did not think there would be this kind of abuse of the privilege," wrote Rodricks. However, he also acknowledged that teachers have "stressful jobs and that they work in an environment with lots of germs." ...
According to the Atlantic's Jordan Weissman, both AFT president Randi Weingarten and former New York City Schools Chancellor and current News Corp. education head Joel Kleinstaunch adversaries in many other mattershave recently floated the idea of instituting a "bar exam" for aspiring teachers.
In the Huffington Post, Stephen Chiger argues that the Common Core State Standards, with their emphasis on higher-order thinking, present an opportunity to re-conceptualize teachers as intellectuals, as opposed to mere caretakers or instructors. He writes: Surely, a nation of teachers whose instruction satisfies the Common Core must also be one that immerses teachers in this same type of learning. A learning community that fails to nurture the intellects of those who serve as its pillars becomes stagnant and divorces teachers from the fundamental value of being lifelong students. Worse yet, it models an adult life jarringly out of concert ...