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May 24, 2012

Feeling the Test-Prep Pressure

Worried that her students aren't ready for upcoming English Regents exam, the normally droll NYC teacher Miss Eyre finds herself coming a bit unglued: I freely admit that I'm not handling this well. I'm taking it personally, practically as an affront to me, that my kids don't seem 100% ready this...

May 23, 2012

Understanding Teacher Burnout

Are you heading toward teacher burnout? Over on Edutopia, Rutgers University professor Maurice Elias highlights recent research on contributing factors and warning signs. He also suggests that resolving burnout generally isn't just a matter of taking a couple of days off to refresh or somehow buckin...

April 19, 2012

Is Your School 'Transformative'?

Chris Lehmann, principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, has a post on the components of "transformative" schools—schools, in his terminology, that go beyond content and skills and push students and educators into "realizing the best versions of ourselves." Such schools seek ...

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

Can Meditation Ease Classroom Management?

Edutopia has an interesting story about a principal at a troubled San Francisco middle school who instituted (among other holistic changes) twice daily meditation sessions for students. The results, according to the piece, have been dramatic: Suspension and truency rates at the school are down, whil...

January 09, 2012

Pa. Teachers Agree to Work for Free

Teachers in Pennsylvania's Chester Upland School District have agreed to continue working even though the district can no longer afford to pay them.

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.

December 06, 2011

When Consultants Get in the Way of Teaching

Renee Moore, an award-winning educator in Mississippi, tells the story of a talented young African-American history teacher of her aquaintance who is being driven out of the profession because of his frustration with a state-appointed teaching consultant at his school.

November 11, 2011

Teaching: The Hand-Me-Down Profession

Hobo Teacher takes offense when his school, with air of magnanimity, informs teachers that they can have their pick of some old desks that have been salvaged from a renovation project: I've always been a little sensitive about this, but I feel like the perception of teachers is that they will tak...

October 31, 2011

Reader Reply: Underappreciated Teachers Can Find Better Options

Last week, we highlighted a study finding that minority teacher shortages are caused largely by unsatisfactory working conditions in schools. In response, a teacher now working abroad sent us an email amplifying the point: My thoughts are that many minority teachers have probably had to struggle...

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