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July 16, 2012

ACLU Case Implicates Reliance on Classroom Tech

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed what it calls a "groundbreaking" class-action lawsuit against the state of Michigan for failing to educate students in a Detroit-area school district. The suit hinges on a "right to read" provision in Michigan's constitution, which says students who do no...

July 11, 2012

Next Up in Teacher Evaluations: Student Surveys

The search for reliable methods of gauging teacher effectiveness, a dominant education policy issue over the last several years, has centered on classroom observation tools and value-added measures. But another potential indicator has emerged and is starting to pick up momentum: student surveys.

June 26, 2012

Keep It Real: A Student Perspective on Homework

Dominick Recckio, an accomplished high school student who blogs for Edutopia, surveyed students at his school on their homework habits and then wrote up some tips for both teachers and students on easing the nightly process. Within the post, he offers this reminder that students are often appreciati...

June 25, 2012

The Final Grade on 'To Pass or Not To Pass'

By guest blogger Colette Marie Bennett, author of "To Pass or Not to Pass? The End-of-Year Moral Dilemma" Two weeks ago, I composed a First Person piece that questioned whether I should pass or fail a student in my English II class who could meet many of the benchmarks but had failed to complete th...

June 15, 2012

All in the Wrist: Can a Bracelet Measure Student Engagement?

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has put $1.4 million into the development of an "engagement pedometer," a bracelet intended to measure students' emotional responses to instruction, according to Reuters. The devices, which have been tested to gauge consumers' reactions to advertising, could tel...

June 13, 2012

Students Pop Pills to Beat the Pressure

A New York Times article chronicles the disturbing—and seemingly growing—trend of prescription stimulant abuse among ambitious high school students. According to the Times, the use of pills prescribed for A.D.H.D.—i.e., Adderall, Concerta, Focalin, and Vyvanse—among teenagers a...

June 08, 2012

Study: Teacher PD Needs More on Emotions

A new study out of the University of Illinois suggests that teachers may not always be well-equipped to respond effectively to students' emotional outbursts, according to a report on For the study, researchers collected self-assessments from 24 student-teachers relating to their ...

June 05, 2012

A Student's Presidential Pardon

Eleven-year-old Tyler Sullivan brought his teacher arguably one of the best excuse notes for missing class ever written: Mr. Ackerman— Please excuse Tyler ... he was with me! Barack Obama Rather than attend school June 1, Tyler had gone with his father to see the president give a speech at ...

May 31, 2012

Are Students Getting Outside Enough?

In a Wall Street Journal article, science writer Jonah Lehrer points to a growing body of research showing that spending time outdoors can provide significant cognitive benefits. A forthcoming study from the University of Kansas, he reports, finds that Outward Bound participants on an extended hike ...

May 30, 2012

Learning to Teach All Over Again

The New Haven Independent has a nice profile of a 7th grade teacher at a "turnaround" school in New Haven, Conn., who describes how the move from a small town to a big city forced him to reinvent his teaching style.

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