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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.

June 10, 2011

Shy Students Find Voices With Twitter

While many view social media as a mere distraction for kids, a Los Angeles teacher finds that using Twitter in his classroom has helped his history students come out of their shells. CNN reports that Enrique Legaspi at Hollenbeck Middle School encourages his 8th graders to tweet their responses to t...

June 08, 2011

Questioning the College Route

Will Richardson resists the socio-academic orthodoxy that his children have to go the traditional college route to be successful. What's more important, he argues, is that they begin to discover what they really want to invest their talents in: What [schools] and me and your mom need to help you ...

June 07, 2011

The Lessons of 'Unschooling'

Sam Fuller, a 16-year-old in Albany, Calif., described his life as an "unschooled" student.

May 27, 2011

Could 'Play-First Lunch' Make Your Job Easier?

Should kids go to recess before they eat lunch rather than after? Some in the Pleasanton Unified School District in California think so, according to an article in the Contra Costa Times. The "play-first lunch" program—already used throughout Montana and in other states—first went into ef...

May 26, 2011

Stress: Not Just for Teachers

The Wall Street Journal reports on a new study finding that negative classroom environments--often the result of school budget cuts--cause students to feel stress.

May 25, 2011

Choosing Your Classroom Battles

NYC Educator relates a story about a student asking to charge her cell phone in the classroom, and him refusing her request (cell phones are not allowed at school). But more recently, he writes, he saw another girl pull her phone charger out of the outlet at the end of class--and he let it slide.

May 24, 2011

So Chicago Kids Aren't Getting Recess?

I had to read this story a couple of times to make sure it wasn't satire of some sort: Chicago Public Schools this week has apparently issued new guidelines—to the tune of 45 pages—designed to allow schools to provide students with a 20-minute recess break. Currently, according to the Su...

May 20, 2011

Careful Letting Students Near Your Coffee

There are two eerily similar stories this morning about students trying to poison teachers by putting things in their coffee.

May 19, 2011

When Should a Teacher Confront a Troubled Student?

What do you do when a good and kind student—a teacher's "favorite"—suddenly begins to show signs of disengagement and defiance? The drama teacher who writes at the Apple a Day Project finds herself in this situation. In a thoughful post, she's ponders whether she should swoop in and try to...

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