The deadly shooting at Northern Illinois University marks the fifth such incident this week at a school. How safe do you feel?
In a recent article, high school English teacher Mary Tedrow argues that magazine rankings of the "best high schools" in America only serve to reinforce the worst aspects of our educational culture. According to Tedrow, such rankings simplify the definition of success in learning and create a counterproductive winners-and-losers mindset. What really needed, she says, is a broader discussion about what "constitutes a successful high school graduate" and how best to nurture students aspirations and originality. What's your view? Are magazine rankings of schools constructive? What effect do they have on teachers and students? How would you define school success?...
Have students' reading skill and their interest in reading declined? If so, why? How can teachers best address the issue?
How big a problem are ineffective teachers in schools? How can school systems decrease the numbers of such educators? What do you think of New York's planned approach?
Can creating a presence on social networking services like Facebook help teachers forge more constructive relationships with students? Is it wise for teachers to become online "friends" with students? What limits should be set?
How would you feel about "In God We Trust" hanging in your classroom? Do the words raise First Amendment or cultural-sensitivity issues? How would you frame a discussion with your class about the motto?
What's your opinion of professional development opportunities for teachers? What could schools do to make professional development better?
Do blurred gender lines among your students disturb your classroom equilibrium? Should gender differences among students be encouraged or discouraged?
How can sexual misconduct by teachers be prevented? What can school systems do to keep abusive teachers out of the classroom? What can teachers as a profession do?
Have students' verbal skills declined? Or are they just different? What's contributing to the change? How should English be taught to today's students?
Should teachers have the right to express their opinions in classroom discussions?
According to a recent AP story, Utah is considering dividing the school year into trimesters to alleviate the teacher shortage. Teachers would have to work year-round, but stand to gain as much as a 60 percent hike in salary. Students, however, would choose or follow different academic calendars, depending upon their age. State Sen. Howard Stephenson called the model a "no brainer;" however, others see problems, including scheduling student testing and uneven classroom numbers. What's your take on the trimester model? Would a significant pay raise and possibly smaller classes be enough to entice you to teach the full year? ...
How do you think the NCLB act should be changed? What specific proposals would you offer? How well is the law working and what improvements could be made to help schools and teachers?
Which do you think is a more effective method of teachingrequiring certain texts for all students or letting students choose their own books?
Should students have a say in the classroom routine?
How emotionally involved should teachers be with their students?
What advice do you have for novice teachers as the new school year begins?
Does NCLB take student progress into account fairly?
Will an exponential increase in the number of teachers being certified lessen the worth of National Board certification?
What is your opinion of accelerated fast-track certification programs like Passport to Teaching?