Bellringers notes that, during testing week in her school, "teachers were allowed to wear blue jeans all week, and I even got to use my chicken to direct hallway traffic." It's the little things...


Kind a downer of a Teacher Appreciation Week, huh? According to a good overview story in the the Christian Science Monitor, teachers unions and lawmakers had to use the occasion to bring attention to looming mass education job cuts and, more hopefully, to newly proposed federal funding to avert layoffs. Not that everyone is necessarily of the opinion that more money is a good idea: "The likelihood that our kids are going to thank us for running up another $23 billion on their tab so that we can avoid making responsible decisions is unlikely," said the American Enterprise Institute's Frederick ...


Our recent interview with Richard Allington on response to intervention has generated a lot of interest, including a number comments from readers taking issue with his views. I just wanted to note that Professor Allington has posted a response to those comments. (You may need to scroll down to his post.) He's not exactly backing down....


The social networking service Ning—which hosts many thriving teacher groups—created a great deal of angst last month when it announced that is moving to a subscriptions-only model. The details on the pricing scheme are still being worked out, but the New York Times' Bits blog is now reporting that the company has worked out a deal to keep the service free for teachers. They apparently realized it just wasn't worth asking schools for money. "For public educators, the process for buying anything tends to be so arduous, and we're going to make it easier to use Ning," Jason...


A 4th grade teacher from East Baton Rouge, La., is suing her principal, superintendent, and school board because she claims she was prohibited from assigning failing grades to students "under any circumstances," according to Courthouse News Service. Sue Goudreau says that at a meeting of 4th grade teachers at Riveroaks Elementary School, Principal Sholanda Shamlin, "adamantly directed ... teachers to assign a D to students who were definitely not going to pass 4th grade and not to fail a student who has even the slightest chance of passing [the state test]." The district's policy had been to give a student an ...


Renee Moore thinks recent murmerings from teachers about blaming parents or holding them more accountable for students academic performance are ill-advised.


A New Jersey middle school principal wants his students off Facebook.


In Des Moines, Iowa, district officials have moved to block scheduling, despite questions about whether teachers have had enough time or training to manage the switch.


A humorous meme that is going around the teacher blogosphere: What if NCLB were applied to football?...


Ms. Cornelius recently took to her blog to praise an inspiring student with a degenerative medical condition who refuses to back down.


A growing number of neuroscientists, psychologists, and educators believe that teaching young children empathy could be the key to preventing school bullying.


A teacher from Oregon who expressed his anti-Tea Party sympathies has been reinstated in the classroom by his district, despite the objections of some Tea Partiers and parents.


Dozens of schools in Broward County, Fla., are asking librarians and teachers of art, music, and phys. ed., to take pay cuts of nearly 50 percent for next school year.


The Council of Chief State School Officers announces Iowa English Teacher Sarah Brown Wessling 2010 National Teacher of the Year. Note: There will be a formal ceremony announcing the new Teacher of the Year at the White House tomorrow. We'll have coverage, so check back for more....


A mass student walkout across New Jersey to protest education budget cuts was started by a Facebook invitation that 18,000 students accepted.


Discretion gets you nowhere. For yesterday's event at the V.P.'s house, I was asked by Jill Biden's office to be the pool reporter for the NTOY celebration. My job was to write up a few quotes and a little color and feed it the media. So I did. I came back to work and also wrote a post for this blog. I tried to be discreet and polite—the very things that journalists are taught not to do. I admit to withholding a quote or two. Then, thanks to one of our savvy Web team members, I just...


Yesterday afternoon Second Lady Jill Biden hosted a meet and mingle for the 2010 National Teacher of the Year celebration. Although this year's winner won't be announced until Thursday at the White House, Biden, an educator herself for 29 years, chose for the second straight year in a row to gather the more than 50 winners from every state, the District of Columbia, and the territories in the vice president's house in Washington. All but two of the winners were on hand to celebrate. Biden spoke for about 10 minutes from the foyer of the Victorian mansion—mostly from prepared...


Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews sees Doug Lemov's much-discussed book, Teach Like A Champion: 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College, as the expression of a new generation of teachers: Our urban public schools have many teachers in their twenties and thirties who are more impatient with low standards and more determined to raise student achievement than previous generations of inner city educators, having seen some good examples. These younger teachers are also, according to Mathews, frustrated by the emphasis on theory over practice in teacher training. But is this really an age thing? I haven't ...


In addressing the growing problem of student in-class texting, a middle school in New York state seems to be taking the "if you can't beat them, join them" approach. But with important modifications.


Bill Ferriter has very good things to say about Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap, a new book co-authored by professional learning team experts Rick and Becky DuFour: I've ALREADY photocopied several sections and slipped them under the doors of the principals and teacher leaders in my building...an easy thing to do when intervention strategies are carefully described, implementation plans are outlined, and evidence of impact is included for schools that look a lot like ours!...


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