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November 12, 2010

The Perils of Being the 'Cool' Teacher

It's nice to be well-liked by your students, but there's such a thing as being a just little too cool for your own good.

November 03, 2010

Job Safety vs. Student Safety

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."

October 26, 2010

The Real Lives of Immigrant Students

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 th...

October 21, 2010

The Risks of 'Friending'

NYC Educator says that it's not even close to worth the risk for teachers to friend their students on Facebook: I don't friend students on Facebook, and I'd advise you not to do so either. Simply having done that could potentially bolster a false claim against you. Now that there's no rubber room...

July 29, 2010

Teacher Sexual Misconduct: Grappling with the Gray Areas

The Washington Post ran a lengthy front page story last weekend about Kevin Ricks, who was a high school teacher and sexual predator for almost 30 years. The article certainly provides fodder for Law and Order's ripped-from-the-headlines plots. The events are indeed disturbing: How could someone so ...

June 16, 2010

How Political Is Too Political?

Two Massachussetts high school teachers have been put on paid leave after holding up an anti-war sign during a year-end school assembly, according to the Cape Code Times. The teacher's silent protest reportedly took place at a point in the assembly when the school was honoring seniors who are enteri...

May 07, 2010

Ariz. Students Protest Immigration Law With Walkouts

Arizona students took to the streets last week to protest a controversial new immigration bill that the state recently passed.

May 04, 2010

Teacher Sues Over Disallowed F's

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 ...

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