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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.

September 07, 2010

Phone Home

NYC Educator reprints his time-honored advice to new teachers on classroom management: The best trick, and it's not much of a trick at all, is frequent home contact. It's true that not all parents will be helpful, but I've found most of them to be. When kids know reports of their classroom behavi...

July 12, 2010

TFA, Not Just a Plan B

Stiff competition for a slot in the Teach for American program points to a tough economy and a determined group of applicants.

June 04, 2010

Teaching as an Intellectual Journey

In an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, author and educator Mike Rose encourages new teachers to stand fast against the "push to define teaching in technical and managerial terms." He writes: You hear little from the federal Department of Education or the local school board about engaging young peop...

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