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September 30, 2011

Preparing Tech-Smart Teachers, TFA-style

In a recent policy brief, the Progressive Policy Institute, a Democratic-aligned think tank based in Washington, proposed preparing a corps of tech-savvy teachers aimed at boosting 4th grade literacy rates in low-income communities, using Teach for America as a program model.

August 16, 2011

The Teacher's Desk: An Occupational Dilemma

Blogger Mr. Foteah writes that while getting rid of the "imposing teacher's desk" seems to be all the rage (in fact, our own Coach G recently recommended it), he's just not ready to go deskless himself. Mr. Foteah says: Yes, I want this to be a year in which I maybe, just maybe, speak less and list...

August 03, 2011

Urban Teacher: Class Sizes Matter

In an op-ed piece in the L.A. Times, Ellie Herman, a charter school teacher in South Los Angeles, takes on the now-trending argument that great teachers can make up for larger class sizes. That view, she says, essentially romanticizes the practice of great teaching and disregards the diversity and c...

June 07, 2011

The Art of Teaching in June

Ariel Sacks finds that teaching during the last few weeks of school—when the classroom mindset inevitably relaxes but essential work remains—requires a special kind of balance: June requires it's own attitude and approach. On the one hand, we cannot give up the hard earned order and str...

May 25, 2011

Choosing Your Classroom Battles

NYC Educator relates a story about a student asking to charge her cell phone in the classroom, and him refusing her request (cell phones are not allowed at school). But more recently, he writes, he saw another girl pull her phone charger out of the outlet at the end of class--and he let it slide.

February 14, 2011

Is it Time to End Corporal Punishment in Schools?

After an elementary school teacher in Maryland was recently charged with several counts of assault for choking, punching, kicking, and/or scratching eight of her first graders, Washington Post blogger Valerie Strauss recalls the failure of Congress to pass a bill to end corporal punishment in school...

December 21, 2010

Homework A or Homework B? Let Students Choose

Ed Week research reporter Sarah Sparks has the scoop on a new study finding that students learn more and are more invested when they have a say in what assignments they do. The study, out of the University of Texas at Austin, found that, "When students were given choices, they reported feeling mor...

December 17, 2010

Late To Class? You're Locked Out

Under a tough new tardy policy, students at a Calif. high school who fail to get to class before the bell rings are locked out and sent to detention.

November 22, 2010

Discipline. There's an App for That?

Just saw this press release for iDiscipline HD, an app that allows teachers to track student behavior issues—and send e-mail notifications to parents, if needed—on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Out of curiosity, how many of our readers use mobile devices to monitor daily classroom data...

November 05, 2010

Kids Today ...

A 6th grader in Marion, Ohio, held his teacher hostage in her classroom yesterday by threatening her with a pencil and barricading the door with desks and chairs.

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