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March 24, 2012

Tornados, 'Brain-Based Teaching,' and Unsavory Language

Live from the ASCD Annual Conference in Philadelphia A few more noteworthy moments from Saturday. • The mid-day keynote address was given by Reed Timmer, host of the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers. He showed some exciting footage of himself driving an armored car into a tornado. The conne...

March 21, 2012

Study: Teacher Influence Key to Student Engagement

A new study published in the Child Development journal concludes that teachers and parents play a more important role than peers do when it comes to keeping adolescents engaged in school.

March 16, 2012

Remembering What You Read: Print vs. Digital Books

According to Time.com, a few studies out there have found that readers may have an easier time remembering and digesting the material in a text when it's in print versus a digital format.

March 09, 2012

When Did You Know?

Was there a particular instance when you knew you wanted to teach, or an incident that made you realize that the teaching profession was for you?

March 09, 2012

TFA's Kopp Denounces the Teacher 'Blame Game'

Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp caused some buzz (what else is new?) by writing an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal condemning the public release of teachers' value-added scores in New York City. She writes: So-called value-added rankings—which rank teachers according to the recorded grow...

March 09, 2012

Interpreting the Teacher Job Satisfaction Decline

Writing in The Huffington Post, Kevin Wilner, director of the National Education Policy Center, laments the MetLife Survey's finding that teacher job satisfaction has dropped precipitously over the past two years. He attributes the drop to a reckless media and policy environment that has assailed te...

March 09, 2012

Survey: Students Perceive Teachers as Uncaring

A report released this week, based on survey results from 57,883 students in grades 6-12, found that only slightly over half of students feel that their teachers care about them.

March 07, 2012

When Value-Added Scores Don't Make Sense ...

In a July 2011 blog post, I pointed out that the D.C. public school system was using test scores from 100 schools still under investigation for cheating to calculate value-added scores that would eventually be incorporated into teacher evaluations. So some D.C. teachers were at risk of having studen...

March 06, 2012

Ohio to Retest Teachers in Struggling Schools

Still more from the ever-active teacher-accountability front: Under a provision in Ohio's new state budget law, thousands of teachers in the state's lowest-performing schools will have to take licensure tests anew this fall, according the Dayton Daily News. The requirement—apparently the fir...

March 01, 2012

Value-Added Confusion in NYC

I'll admit that I myself was poised to blog about the New York Times' finding that teacher quality is widely diffused throughout the city—which Fordham's Mike Petrilli called "jaw-dropping news." Thankfully a few interviews and deadlines got in the way, and I didn't get to it before Philissa Cr...

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