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November 06, 2016

Helping Parents Support Students at the Kitchen Table

It isn't just the students who are tossing their pencils down announcing to their parents "I don't get it. My teacher didn't teach this to us." Moms and dads also have homework anxiety, dreading the feeling of not knowing how to help their child with history or math even if they have the time to do so.

November 01, 2016

This is Us ... Too: The Need for Gifted Education

Guest blogger and gifted education teacher, Angela Abend explains why there needs to be gifted education programs in schools.

October 23, 2016

Why Passion Isn't Enough

What's more important: passion or purpose? Nathan Lang suggests we need to be purposeful if we want to make a difference. Read on to learn why.

May 15, 2016

Not Ready for College? Flunk Gym

Let's hope that schools will cooperate with students needing more time with high school level courses so they won't have to resort to this type of subterfuge. And if your high school is still pushing kids out to pay college tuition for high school courses, for god's sake do something about it. It isn't that complicated.

March 31, 2016

(Un)Grading: It Can Be Done in College

Guest post: Laura Gibbs joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma in 1999, and she has been teaching fully online courses since 2002. You can find out more at her website: MythFolklore.net, which is also home to the "Growth Mindset Cats" -- Cats.MythFolklore.net.

March 13, 2016

President Obama Is Serious About Coding for Everyone, We Should Be too

The purpose of the president's "Computer Science for All" initiative is not to flood the market with more unemployed Ph.D graduates, but to democratize what he (and many "true believers") see as a fundamental skill that will continue to influence all fields.

March 10, 2016

SAT's for All? One More Bad Idea From the Political Elite

ack of expertise at the top is one reason why schools and businesses differ. The second reason that separates schools from businesses is that schools, or at least public schools, have no control over their raw materials. Expecting schools to be run like a business is, in a word, INSANE! That doesn't mean that educators can't learn from some of what business does. I know I have. It does mean that business people and politicians should get out of the way and let educators run our schools. If this happens things can only get better.

February 28, 2016

Coding for Everyone? Are You Serious Mr. President?

In short, there are lots of ways that all students can learn how to control computers that have immediate real-world impact and can involve student interest and passion. There are also many innovative teachers supporting these tools who others need to try to follow. Leadership is key, but it should come from people with educational expertise and not politicians and corporate big wigs.

January 14, 2016

Global School Play Day Reminds Us Of The Importance of Play

Guest post by Eric Saibel As a father and educator, I observe the inexorable role of play in the daily life of children. Play is a child's default setting, interrupted only by some natural cycles (like sleep) and other quotidian obligations. At my school I see students running and playing every spar...

December 15, 2015

Education Drugs: Learning on Steroids

"I have no doubt that some kids who take ADHD drugs will suffer from side effects. If education is a sport, it's time to clean it up. Stop giving drugs to kids who can't sit still. Teachers need to create classrooms where kids can stand and move about so that they don't stick out as kids who can't sit still." Read on to see what guest writer Dr Douglas Green has to say about medication in education.

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