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June 25, 2014

Teacher-Prep Rankings Put Spotlight on Online Degree Program

Western Governors University Teachers College is an online degree program that costs $6,000 a year, and it's ranked the best secondary-education program for teachers in the country.

June 06, 2014

Study: Post-Lesson Reflection Boosts Learning

When researchers asked study participants to reflect on what they had just learned, their performance increased the next time they returned to the material.

November 22, 2013

The Teacher-Improvement Craze: Why Hasn't It Hit Higher Ed?

Most of the K-12 education-policy world has spent the last several years obsessing over ways to improve teaching, but as The Chronicle of Higher Education noted recently there has been no parallel movement in higher education.

October 25, 2013

How Far Should Student-Centered Learning Go?

A Wired magazine story looks at the effects of a "radical new teaching method" in which teachers stop direct instructing and start posing problems for students to solve. Could the approach lead, as one educational researcher posits, to teacherless schools?

June 03, 2013

The Common Core Cooking Comparison

In a piece about local implementation of the Common Core State Standards, Nan Austin of the Modesto Bee opens with an education-jargon-free—yet potentially divisive—explanation of how instruction is changing.

May 22, 2013

Post-Testing, School Goes Outside the Core

There's been a lot of talk lately about how rigid standards and the focus on testing have—and will continue to—impede teachers' creativity in the classroom. However, this morning at The Inspired Teaching School in Washington, teacher creativity was in full effect.

May 01, 2013

Tips on Inspiring Student Curiosity

In a recent Time article, Annie Murphy Paul writes that curiosity is what "drives us to keep learning, keep trying, keep pushing forward."

March 14, 2013

Teachers' 'Core' Concern: The Tests

In reporting for a recent story package on "Common-Core Instructional Opportunities," we found that many teachers are happy with the standards, but scared about the tests.

January 03, 2013

Do You Really Know What Project-Based Learning Is?

Azul Terronez, an 8th grade Humanities teacher at High Tech Middle in San Diego, explains that within project-based learning, students explore and make discoveries (i.e., learn) through the project itself.

November 19, 2012

The New Flavor of Math Instruction

At a locally organized TEDx conference in Costa Mesa, Calif., last month, former Los Angeles teacher Nigel Nisbet explained how he turned chocolate bars into geometry problems to get kids hooked on math.

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