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January 14, 2013

Gallup: Student Engagement Drops With Each Grade

With every year that passes between 5th and 12th grade, the number of students who are engaged with school declines steadily.

December 31, 2012

2012's Educators of the Year

Michael Petrilli of the conservative-leaning Thomas B. Fordham Institute dubs Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, the "2012 Education Person of the Year." But the real education people of the year gave their lives for their students at Sandy Hook.

December 21, 2012

How Much Does an 'A' Cost?

Almost half of parents pay kids at least $1 for getting an A," reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a July poll conducted for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

December 04, 2012

Teacher: Beware the 'Digital Native' Stereotype

Technology teacher Mary Beth Hertz writes on Edutopia that teachers need to beware of the "dangerous" stereotype that all students these days are "digital natives."

November 26, 2012

How Teachers Provide Shelter From the Storm

New York City math teacher José Vilson has a nice post-Hurricane Sandy refection on schools' often-under-appreciated role as the hub of community.

November 02, 2012

Teaching Girls to Speak Up

Women speak up less than men do when they are outnumbered, according to The Deseret News, but when women do talk, they tend to change a group's outcomes.

October 25, 2012

Teaching Against Cheating

Denise Pope, a lecturer at Stanford University and the author of Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students, says that cheating is highly prevalent and possibly growing among high school students. She identifies two primary reasons for this: 1) Students see examples of cheating by successful people all around them (e.g., on Wall Street, in politics, in sports, etc.); and 2) they have gotten the impression that their grades matter more than their efforts to learn and grow intellectually.

October 10, 2012

Florida School Goes Wild for Science

At Lighthouse Private Christian Academy in Gulf Breeze, Fla., which is located next to the town's zoo, the elementary and middle school students have the opportunity to engage with exotic animals in their science classroom once a week for a class period, reports the Pensacola News Journal.

October 09, 2012

One Teacher's Flip From Flipped Classrooms

While flipped classrooms are still all the rage in some education circles, teacher and blogger Shelley Wright explains why her "brief love affair with the flip has ended." Wright initially turned to the flipped model as a way to help her and her students get through "the large and sometimes burdens...

October 09, 2012

Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Written Off by Teachers

The British press has been having a good time noting that one of the recently named Nobel Prize winners in medicine, U.K. scientist Sir John Gurdon, wasn't exactly a student whom teachers expected great things from. In his office in Cambridge, Gurdon reportedly keeps an old evaluative report from hi...

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