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August 27, 2012

What Tony Danza Learned From Teaching

As we reported in 2009, Tony Danza, the actor best known for playing the loveable housekeeper in the 1980's sitcom "Who's the Boss," spent a year teaching at a public high school in Philadelphia. And now—surprise, surprise—he's written a book about the experience. In a related opinion pie...

August 24, 2012

Novel Idea: District Adds Teaching Positions

Here's a unique news item: At a time of widespread budget-cutting and job uncertainty in education, the St. Paul, Minn., school district actually added 110 teaching positions this summer. The new positions, according to the Pioneer Press, are part of a district reform effort that, among other things...

August 23, 2012

Too Good for the Classroom?

Echoing TLN blogger Ariel Sacks, Memphis teacher Brittany Clark wonders why well-respected teachers are so often encouraged by their own districts to leave the classroom: I've seen this pattern. I'm frequently encouraged to move into school administration, instructional leadership and district-lev...

August 15, 2012

Defining the Classroom Rules

One of the inevitable first-day-of-school tasks for elementary teachers (and many secondary teachers) is introducing the class rules. So it's no wonder teacher-bloggers have taken up the topic this week. Patricia Hensley, author of the Successful Teaching blog, laments educators' use of vague langu...

August 13, 2012

The Digital Future: Schools Without Teachers?

In response to what he sees as multiplying signs of public schools'—and teachers'—failures, David Gelernter, a professor of computer science at Yale University, envisions the rise of "local Internet schools." These, he explains in a Wall Street Journal piece, would be one-room neighborhood ...

August 07, 2012

Classroom Cheating in the Digital Age

Digital technology has made it both easier for students to cheat and for teachers to catch offenders, according to a recent piece in The Chicago Tribune. But overall cheaters maintain the upper hand.

August 05, 2012

SOS Event Draws Small Crowd, Focuses on Organizing

In sharp contrast to last summer's celebrity-attended rally and march to the White House, the Save Our Schools gathering this year proved a quiet, 150-person affair. Held this weekend in the regal Wardman Park Marriott in downtown Washington, the convention featured presentations on an array of to...

August 02, 2012

Educators Making Summer Connections

The U.S. Department of Education has declared that August is Connected Educator Month, a "celebration," as the website says, that is part of the Office of Educational Technology's Connected Educators initiative to support online professional learning. During the next four weeks, the department will ...

August 02, 2012

TNTP Findings Resonate With Teachers

Miss Eyre, a unionized teacher, surprises even herself by reacting favorably to the new report on teacher attrition by TNTP, a group that has been critical of policies supported by the unions.

August 01, 2012

Teacher-Retention Tip: Lose the 'Martyr Mentality'

In a post last month on an Atlanta Journal-Constitution education blog, a Fulton County, Ga., high school teacher named Jordan Kohanim wrote about her decision to leave the classroom on account of what she felt were unsustainable and deteriorating working conditions. In a follow-up post published to...

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