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March 03, 2011

A Time of Reflection, Realization for Teachers

A dedicated Oregon teacher of 35 years, worn down by accumulating pressures and degradations, realizes suddenly that she doesn't want to be a teacher anymore: It wasn't a single thing that gave me this feeling. I'm hoping it doesn't last. Maybe it was the severely autistic boy who showed up at m...

March 02, 2011

What Class Size Means to Parents

Responding to the Bill Gates-generated class-size kerfuffle, education writer Dana Goldstein allows that there is little proven correlation between small class sizes and student performance. But, she notes, there's more to the issue than just test scores: The problem [with increasing class sizes]...

February 24, 2011

Debating Wisconsin and Collective Bargaining

Over at Education Week, Diane Ravitch, with an eye on Wisconsin, defends teachers' right to collectively bargain: From the individual teacher's point of view, it is valuable to have an organization to turn to when you feel you have been treated unfairly, one that will supply you with assistance, ...

February 07, 2011

New International Ed. Comparison: Teacher Dress Codes

Mary Worell, an American journalist-turned-teacher who is currently working in the Netherlands, finds it significant that Dutch educators, including administrators, tend to dress very informally: I realized that this casualness toward dress code was indicative of something deeper in the culture o...

February 02, 2011

Are Teachers Learners?

Author and education activist Kirsten Olson itemizes the attributes of a highly effective school. Her central point—the one that suffuses all the others—is that educators themselves need to be "passionately engaged in learning." But she expresses some doubt as to whether this is commonly t...

January 13, 2011

Teachers and the New Economic Reality in Education

This week Education Week released its annual Quality Counts report. The focus this year is on the "new economic reality" in education. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, you should. And I'm not just saying that because it's an Education Week publication. Reading it this morning, I was stru...

January 13, 2011

Teachers Are Not Social Workers

Teachers should spend less time worrying about students' problems at home and more time creating a positive learning environment at school, wrote Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson. He raised the concern that some teachers, especially those in training, "think that their number one calling in life is to ...

January 06, 2011

Disengaging From the 'Teacher Wars'

Weary of her participation in the "teacher wars," Cindi Rigsbee resolves to de-stress in 2011.

December 03, 2010

Hospitalized Teacher Still Cares For Student

A teacher who has to have his jaw wired shut after a former student assaulted him remains concerned about the teen and says he needs help, not jail.

November 08, 2010

Planning Period? What's a Planning Period?

When districts stop hiring substitutes to save funds, teachers pay the price with longer work days, says one blogger.

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