October 2007 Archives

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? ...


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