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December 22, 2011

Catching Stress From Students

In her blog, Teachers At Risk, special education teacher Elona Hartjes claims to have picked up "second-hand stress" from her students.

November 28, 2011

More Students 'Cyberbaiting' Their Teachers

A new study, which looked at the effects of technology on youth and the impact on parents and teachers, found that one in five teachers has either experienced or known another teacher who has been subjected to cyberbaiting.

November 08, 2011

Are Single-Sex Schools Better for Girls?

An article in Slate recently looked at differing feminist views of single-sex schooling, and concluded that co-education is more beneficial for girls.

October 31, 2011

Tales From the 'Iron-Gated Prison' That Is Middle School

A 9th grader named Annie sent a letter to Ira Glass, producer of NPR's This American Life. "I just escaped the whitewashed brick-walled iron-gated prison that is commonly known as middle school," she wrote, "and I'm finally out for good." She asked him to devote an episode to the inside world of middle school. This weekend, Glass aired an absorbing segment in which he did just that.

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 19, 2011

Educators Encounter More 'Hidden Disabilities'

The Wall Street Journal reports that a rise in the diagnoses of "hidden disabilities"--those that are debilitating but not visible, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and migraines--is putting a strain on both teachers and already tight special education budgets.

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 18, 2011

Rescuing Classroom Social Media Use

The recent banning of Facebook friendships between teachers and students in Missouri has raised questions about the pros and cons of using social media to engage students. But in an article for Mashable, Dan Klamm writes that the new law "shouldn't discourage the opportunities presented by social me...

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.

August 09, 2011

Is it O.K. for Male Teachers to Hug Students?

The Sacramento Bee recently interviewed a few male teachers in the Sacramento, Calif., area, on their thoughts about showing affection toward kids at school. According to kindergarten teacher Paul Ferreter, his teachers' union instructs educators to refrain from touching students, which means that ...

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