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June 09, 2011

Hot for Teachers

Is your school air-conditioned in the summer? Heated in the winter? How does temperature control affect student learning?

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 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...

April 19, 2011

Teaching Forgiveness

A high school teacher in the Bronx who had a miscarriage after being pushed down while trying to break up a fight in her classroom explains why she didn't press charges against the students involved: They're so young, and for something like that to follow them for the rest of their lives? I think...

March 28, 2011

Is Class-Size Reduction Holding Schools Back?

In a Washington Post op-ed this morning, Eva Moskowitz, the founder and chief executive of the Success Charter Network, argues that class-size reduction efforts take away from schools' capacity for innovation and teacher support: Obsession with class size is causing many public schools to look l...

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...

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