School custodians in New York make more money than teachers, but are they really overpaid?

Jim Simons, a mathematician and the founder of Math for America, says that math instruction in the United States is in crisis and argues for the creation of a National/Math Science Master Teacher Corps.

When districts stop hiring substitutes to save funds, teachers pay the price with longer work days, says one blogger.

Naveen Jain argues that in today's constantly changing world, students' knowledge of content is not as important as their ability to learn.

An ed-tech consultant makes the case for allowing kids to use Wikipedia for classroom assignments.

A 6th grader in Marion, Ohio, held his teacher hostage in her classroom yesterday by threatening her with a pencil and barricading the door with desks and chairs.

Frustrated about class cancellations that could last up to six more weeks, some parents in Bethel Park, Pa., dressed up like "teachers on strike" for Halloween.

It's dark outside and a student has stayed late to help you. Should you give her a ride home? One blogger says it's a "no-brainer."

An unsigned editorial in the The Ledger of Polk County, Fla., argues that school board members should be required to substitute teach at least three days a month as part of their official duties: This would give them a real working knowledge of what Polk County teachers are asked to do each day. They would know the caliber of students who share a classroom, they would learn that parent communication is often nonexistent, and they would know the horrors of trying to cram every lesson required into a short day, all the while listening to overhead all-calls telling you what ...

Here's an interesting twist: Teacher-author Roxanna Elden offers advice to veteran teachers on what not to say to new teachers who come to them looking for help. The general themes, in my reading, are to be specific and to avoid sounding condescending. Elden also notes that this time of year, when the realities of the work and the pressure are setting in, is often one of the most difficult for new teachers. In that connection, Happy Chyk (for one) is concerned signs of strain she has noticed among her colleagues—especially after hearing about the suicide of a teacher in her...

Maybe teaching to the test wouldn't be so bad if schools had better tests.

Diane Ravitch argues that "value-added" ratings of teachers based on test scores badly underestimate the impact of out-of-school factors on students' performance from year to year.

Today is Michelle Rhee's last day as school chancellor in D.C., and Bill Turque at the Washington Post says Rhee took the opportunity to issue a final warning to the city's teachers.

The scientific method portrays science as a clean, linear process, when in reality it's a creative and social endeavor, says one blogger.

Here's pretty scary vision of a school collaborative planning meeting. (I really hope that the transcript is made up and not adapted from an actual meeting. ... ) (HT: The Answer Sheet.)...

Just in case you weren't aware: Our Teacher book club discussion of Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America by Helen Thorpe is going on all this week. I'm biased, of course, but it's a pretty powerful discussion so far—one that really takes you up close to the challenges that immigrant students (and their teachers) face. Here are some short, selected quotes I've pulled from the conversation so far—just to give you a taste: •Author Helen Thorpe: "Unlike other readers, teachers typically understand that the two students who lack legal...

Ariel Sacks ponders the connection between memory and reading comprehension, and wonders how our increasing reliance on digital technology will affect it: There are so many things I don't have to remember, because they're readily available on the internet, through my phone or computer, that I wonder how it's affecting my memory use in general... and what about my students' memory use? How do the changes in the way we are using memory affect the new generation with their reading process? If we can identify these changes, how can we address these shifting needs in our teaching?...

Young adult African-American males interviewed by the St. Petersburg Times reveal some common themes about their school days: They recall feeling disenfranchised, trapped in stereotyped roles, and lacking in meaningful connections with their teachers and other adults. "I feel like I intimidate most of them," one current high school senior says of his teachers. "They expect us to fill a seat, that's all." (HT: Education Equality Project, via Twitter.)...

A special education teacher is running 50 miles across the state of Florida today to raise money for basic school supplies.

The president takes a moment to reach out to gay students who have been bullied: "You didn't do anything to deserve to being bullied. And there's a whole world waiting for you filled with possibilities." Watch:...

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