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August 24, 2011

Lessons of the Earthquake

Washington Post education blogger Valerie Strauss points out that it might be a good time for schools to review—or create, as the case may be—their earthquake-response procedures. Apparently, evacuations didn't go all that smoothly yesterday in some D.C. schools, with at least one teacher ...

August 22, 2011

Teacher Blogosphere Back-to-School Roundup

Just in time to get you motivated (or terrified, depressed, etc.), a sampling from recent teacher blog posts from around the Web: Nick Provenzano, on Edutopia, offers some ice-breaking tips for the first day of school. (Our favorite: "I love to tell an embarrassing story from school.") Middle scho...

August 22, 2011

The 10-Year Lesson Plan

Interesting advice: High school English teacher Epiphany in Baltimore explains that he always teaches with a view toward what students will retain from a lesson 10 years later: I always teach books with the "ten year" goal in mind, asking myself what will this kid remember in ten years? I hope s...

July 11, 2011

Dumbing Down 'Gatsby'

Film critic Roger Ebert is fuming mad about a "retold," intermediate reader version of The Great Gatsby published by MacMillan. The book employs greatly simplified prose, comes in at less than half the length of the original, and seriously muddles the ending. For Ebert, the whole project amounts to ...

July 07, 2011

Social Studies With a Liberal Bias?

It wasn't particularly surprising when a Maryland mother with Tea Party leanings complained last month that her 3rd grade daughter's social studies textbook harbored a leftist agenda. But now Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney, himself a liberal, has read the book—titled Social Studies ...

July 07, 2011

Curtains for Cursive?

In what portends to become a national trend, the Indiana Department of Education has announced that, starting this fall, it will no longer require schools to teach cursive writing. The Department sent a memo [PDF] to school leaders this spring saying that, in accordance with the Common Core standa...

June 22, 2011

Exposing Students to the Rest of the World

Imagine this: You're a kid in Iraq, and your parents tell you to pack your bags because your family has to leave the country in five minutes. What are the 10 things you take with you? Now your family needs help carrying their belongings. Which five of your things could you leave behind? This was ju...

June 09, 2011

Singapore Math Tough to Adopt

Bill Turque at the Washington Post writes about one D.C. public school's decision to adopt the Singapore Math program--and the many challenges that have come with it.

May 24, 2011

Bringing Current Events Into the Classroom

Testing pressures and curriculum mandates may have "squeezed" current events out of many schools, but a high school teacher in Farmington, Conn., takes it upon himself to teach a five-week course on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars every May, according to an article by New York Times education writer M...

May 16, 2011

New Research on Instructional Styles: Take Your Pick

The journal Science is publishing a study finding that, in an introductory college physics course, students placed in an experimental, collaborative-learning class performed significantly better on an end-of-course exam than students who were given a traditional lecture-based class.

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