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May 31, 2012

Researchers Develop Attention-Getting Robot-Teacher

Two researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created a robot teacher that can gauge students' level of attention and use some of the same techniques as human teachers to bring it back, according to the United Kingdom-based New Scientist.

December 14, 2011

Teacher's Santa Faux Pas

A teacher in Nanuet, N.Y., recently made headlines after she told her 2nd grade class that there is no Santa Claus.

December 13, 2011

Gum-Chewing to the Test

A new study reports that college students who chewed gum prior to taking a test exhibited improved memory function and performed better than their non-gum-chewing counterparts. The theory behind this, according to one of the study's authors, is that the chewing motion improves blood flow to the brai...

August 25, 2011

Back-to-School Nightmares

Commenting on our post about educators' back-to-school activities, high school teacher Mary McConnell wonders if any other teachers tend to have anxiety dreams around this time of year. In a post on her blog on the Deseret News site, she describes her own annual sleep disturbances: I woke up this ...

May 24, 2011

So Chicago Kids Aren't Getting Recess?

I had to read this story a couple of times to make sure it wasn't satire of some sort: Chicago Public Schools this week has apparently issued new guidelines—to the tune of 45 pages—designed to allow schools to provide students with a 20-minute recess break. Currently, according to the Su...

May 20, 2011

Careful Letting Students Near Your Coffee

There are two eerily similar stories this morning about students trying to poison teachers by putting things in their coffee.

March 02, 2011

'Have You Drugged Your Kids Today?'

Earlier this year, teacher Natalie Munroe sparked a national debate when she was fired for blogging about her students and claimed her First Amendment rights were violated. Now, an English teacher in Arizona is making the same claim after being let go for refusing to part with a bumper sticker, repo...

February 18, 2011

Union Rep Causes Clamor Over Quail

According to the New York Daily News, the Union Federation of Teachers' lobbyist, Paul Egan, was upset by more than just flawed evaluation systems this past week: His dinner bill exceeded what he thought his meal was worth. After racking up a more than $1,800 bill at a swanky bistro in Albany, N.Y....

February 02, 2011

Strip Club Owner Tries to Help School

A struggling elementary school in West Palm Beach, Fla., is considering returning a $20,000 gift because the donor is the owner of several gentlemen's clubs, according to the Miami Herald. Joe Rodriguez, a former Marine who has been married for 30 years and has six children, said he regrets not fin...

December 20, 2010

Should We Ban Fiction Books from Schools?

One education consultant believes replacing most fiction with non-fiction books is the solution to getting boys interested in reading again.

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