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November 26, 2012

How Teachers Provide Shelter From the Storm

New York City math teacher José Vilson has a nice post-Hurricane Sandy refection on schools' often-under-appreciated role as the hub of community.

November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Writing Prompts (for Teachers)

A holiday teacher blogosphere roundup: Inspired by a session at a recent National Writing Project meeting, Bud the Teacher encourages educators to take 5 minutes to write about a teacher or mentor for whom they are thankful. Middle school teacher Bill Ferriter, as if on queue, expresses thanks fo...

October 26, 2012

AFT Pres. Weingarten Tested in Social-Media Exchange

For several hours—while traveling on a bus through Florida—Weingarten participated in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) thread on the popular social news site. She answered questions on everything from Common Core (which she called "a big opportunity") to absent-teacher reserves ("I tried to close the Rubber Room several times") to her salary (around $360k, or 3.5 times what she could have made as a teacher in NYC). She also faced numerous accusations that she was dodging, cherry-picking, and "spouting talking points." One redditor chided her: "Don't shake the bee's nest if you're allergic."

October 25, 2012

Debit Cards for Teachers?

At an education summit today, Florida Governor Rick Scott said he wants to give teachers debit cards so that they no longer have to pay for classroom supplies out-of-pocket. The proposal is part of the Republican governor's 2013 education agenda, which you can find here. The agenda itself does not...

October 03, 2012

Teaching Awards Watch: Innovators Wanted

PBS LearningMedia is now accepting applications for its Teacher Innovator Awards, a program it operates in partnership with The Henry Ford museum complex.

September 27, 2012

Playing Favorites

A recent feature on CNN.com explores student favoritism in the classroom from the perspectives of a student, teacher, and child expert.

September 25, 2012

Resource Watch: Virtual Field Trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro

Middle and high school science teachers might want to take note of a free virtual journey being offered to classrooms this week and next.

September 24, 2012

Is Sexism Holding U.S. Teachers Back?

There are many theories on why Finland's students perform so well on international academic comparisons—one of the most compelling being that it's because teaching is a well-respected and coveted profession there. In a recent blog post, Esther Quintero, a research associate at the Shanker Insti...

September 20, 2012

N.C. Law Protects Teachers Against Cyberbullying

Students in North Carolina will now have to think twice before posting disparaging comments about their teachers on social media sites.

September 13, 2012

Substitute Teaching: No Pay for the Weary

As a result of a $2.8 million "budget error," the Nampa School District in Idaho will soon run out of money for substitute teachers, reports the Idaho Press-Tribune. The solution? Rely on volunteers to do the job.

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