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November 22, 2011

Pop Culture's Place in the Classroom

This will be my last writeup on NCTE. Overall, I have to say it was an impressive conference, especially content-wise (the logistics were a bit hectic for me, but perhaps that's to be expected with about 7,000 attendees and 50 concurrent sessions during each time slot). On Friday, three high school...

September 28, 2011

Are Schools Preparing Kids for the Future?

Teachers from across the nation recently gathered together in Rockefeller Plaza, and virtually through Facebook, Twitter, and an online chat for the second annual Teacher Town Hall hosted by NBC's Education Nation.

September 07, 2011

Teens Speak Out About School

An interesting resource for you: Journalist and author Kathleen Cushman, a one-time Teacher Book Club featured guest, is producing a series of videos for the nonprofit What Kids Can Do called Just Listen: Students Talk About Learning. The idea is to bring greater exposure to kids' own ideas about wh...

August 26, 2011

Don't Forget to Show Your Doodles

Doodling, often seen by teachers as a punishable offense, may actually be a key to science instruction, reports LiveScience, a website with science and technology news. The research, which will be published in the next journal Science, suggests that drawing helps students understand science concept...

August 16, 2011

The Teacher's Desk: An Occupational Dilemma

Blogger Mr. Foteah writes that while getting rid of the "imposing teacher's desk" seems to be all the rage (in fact, our own Coach G recently recommended it), he's just not ready to go deskless himself. Mr. Foteah says: Yes, I want this to be a year in which I maybe, just maybe, speak less and list...

August 15, 2011

Teacher Off Track

A frustrated student wrote in to Slate's advice columnist, Emily Yoffe (aka Prudence), asking how to deal with an oft-sidetracked math teacher.

July 01, 2011

Teaching Kids About Helping Others

A group of teachers in Hamilton County, Tenn., are spending some of their summer vacation doing community service as part of a state Service Learning certification program, according to WRCB TV Channel 3. The Chattanooga news station says the program gives teachers classroom and curriculum training ...

June 27, 2011

Film Espouses the 'Power' of Writing

One of the latest in a slew of education documentaries, "To Be Heard" profiles three Bronx high school students who participate in an outside-the-curriculum program called Power Writers.

June 21, 2011

Do Low NAEP Scores Indicate Savvy Students?

Liam Julian over at Fordham's Flypaper responds to the doom-and-gloom rhetoric surrounding the U.S.' static history NAEP scores and, well, every other education-related news item these days.

June 10, 2011

Hot for Students, Too

A class of 1st graders in New York City could sympathize with the Maryland students I visited earlier this week: Neither of their classrooms had air conditioning.

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