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December 12, 2014

Teachers Share Their Weirdest Parent Encounters

An AskReddit post has gotten some interesting responses with the question, "Teachers of Reddit, what was the strangest encounter you've had with a student's parents?"

August 20, 2014

Bill Gates (and Many Teachers) Take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Vast swaths of teachers and celebrities are lining up to raise money for ALS research.

March 30, 2014

Novel Classroom Discipline Approach: Spoil the Plot of 'Game of Thrones'

A Belgian professor reportedly told his class to simmer down or he'd reveal all the characters who die in the popular HBO show and novel series.

January 07, 2014

Did McDonald's-Eating Teacher's Class Project Go Too Far?

John Cisna, a high school science teacher in Iowa, reportedly lost nearly 40 pounds in part by partaking of an calorie-limited McDonalds-only diet that he used as a class project on nutrition. But did he cross a line by involving his students in his weight loss expedition?

May 30, 2013

Man Poses Bomb Threat at Ore. Teaching Office Over Misspelling

A man was arrested in Salem, Ore., yesterday after carrying a pressure cooker into the offices of the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practice Commission and claiming he was trying to blow up the sign outside because of a misspelling.

March 14, 2013

Happy 25th National Pi Day, Math Teachers (and Other Number-philes)!

Math teachers, take note--today is the 25th anniversary of National Pi Day, which recognizes the mathematical constant pi (¤Ç).

February 04, 2013

Preacher Offers Free Firearms Training for Teachers

The pastor of a Pentecostal church in Beaumont, Tex., who runs a firearms-training business on the side is now offering free shooting lessons to teachers and school administrators.

November 19, 2012

Student-Motivation Methods to Avoid

From the Associated Press: "A teacher in the southern Idaho town of Declo is being criticized after she had her fourth-grade students use permanent markers to draw on the faces of children who failed to meet reading goals."

August 20, 2012

Teachers Stocking Up on Ayn Rand Books

According to the Ayn Rand Institute's Books to Teachers Program, teachers requested more than 400,000 copies of the author's books in the 2011-12 school year, a 30 percent increase in requests from the 2010-11 school year.

August 10, 2012

Are Science Teachers Spreading Invasive Species?

By guest blogger Ellen Wexler According to a new study that surveyed 2,000 teachers across the United States and Canada, one out of four science teachers who used lab animals in their classrooms released the organisms into local environments after they were done using them for instructional purpos...

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