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August 27, 2012

What Tony Danza Learned From Teaching

As we reported in 2009, Tony Danza, the actor best known for playing the loveable housekeeper in the 1980's sitcom "Who's the Boss," spent a year teaching at a public high school in Philadelphia. And now—surprise, surprise—he's written a book about the experience. In a related opinion pie...

August 15, 2012

Defining the Classroom Rules

One of the inevitable first-day-of-school tasks for elementary teachers (and many secondary teachers) is introducing the class rules. So it's no wonder teacher-bloggers have taken up the topic this week. Patricia Hensley, author of the Successful Teaching blog, laments educators' use of vague langu...

July 29, 2011

Survey: Alternative Teacher Certification on the Rise

Four out of 10 new public school teachers hired since 2005 came through alternative teacher-preparation programs, according to a survey just released by the National Center for Education Information. That's up from 22 percent of new teachers hired between 2000 and 2004.

June 07, 2011

Teachers Reviewing Teachers

This fall, Brevard Public Schools in Florida will join a handful of other districts nationwide that have adopted peer reviews as part of their teacher evaluation system. The change comes after Florida approved a bill this past spring that did away with tenure for new teachers, and requires 50 percen...

May 19, 2011

Wanted: More STEM Teachers

Noting that 21 slots for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching went unclaimed this year because of a lack of qualified applicants, Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, says that the U.S. desperately needs a "new model" for...

November 24, 2010

Does TFA Have the Corner on the Teacher Job Market?

A Baltimore City teacher blames Teach for America for her difficulty finding a job, and says the program "pretends to have the solution."

November 02, 2010

Teachers Helping Teachers: Now's the Time

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...

October 19, 2010

Toward a National Teacher-Licensing Assessment

Proponents of a pilot teacher-performance assessment hope it will one day be used as a requirement for teacher licensure nationwide.

September 14, 2010

Has Teaching Become Paid Volunteer Work?

In Time magazine's most recent annual National Service Issue, which came out this week, John Cloud's article, "How to Recruit Better Teachers," questions whether the teaching profession has become "paid volunteer work," luring many recent elite university graduates or middle-aged professionals diss...

September 07, 2010

What New Teachers Need This Time of Year

Frustrated young teachers wonder why they didn't get more help from colleagues.

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