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.

Teachers top all other professionals except for physicians in overall well-being, according to the 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Chinua Achebe's most famous novel, Things Fall Apart, a trenchant exploration of colonialism and culture, has long been staple of of high school and college reading lists.

A recent Education Sector report does a deep dive into school evaluation systems in Washington, finding that nearly every school in the state failed to differentiate between effective and ineffective teachers and principals.

A British education researcher says it's mistake to think that children need to be "constantly occupied and constantly stimulated."

In light of the December Newtown, Conn., school shooting and fears about school violence, some teachers, parents, and administrators are turning to self-defense classes.

In an effort to recognize Financial Literacy Month in April, the Council for Economic Education has announced a Facebook contest for teachers to demonstrate creative ways to incorporate personal-finance lessons in the classroom.

An Indianapolis high school English teacher adds her voice to the growing chorus of educators speaking out against what they see as extraneous and unreliable benchmarking assessments.

So I bet you never stopped to consider the effects of teacher-evaluation reform on county fairs. I can't say that we have, either, but apparently this has become a not insignificant matter in the town of Carrington, Ohio.

A Maryland school district is considering a measure that would ban visitors at elementary schools from hugging other people's children. The policy would also prohibit parents and visitors from bringing homemade food to schools and limit lunchtime and recess visits. The proposed new rules were drafted by a committee of parents, principals, and school staff in the St. Mary's County school system in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings in Newtown, Conn., in December. "We think it's the right balance between safety and parental involvement," said Kelly Hall, executive director of elementary schools and Title I, in an ...

Here's a teacher professional development idea that I hadn't heard of before. And it comes in three-minute chunks called LessonCasts.

Renowned poet Maya Angelou just finished a moving keynote address in front of a packed ballroom here at ASCD. She spoke above all of "rainbows in the clouds," or the people who bring us hope and change our lives.

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