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April 20, 2012

Is Discovery Learning the Way to Go?

The Deseret News, a newspaper in Utah, recently looked into what it called "one of the hottest trends in education theory": discovery learning.

April 17, 2012

Wounding Words From Teachers

Dan Brown, a Washington-based teacher who contributes to our Teaching Ahead virtual roundtable at times, has a compelling discussion going on on his Teacher Leaders Network blog about the "5 Worst Things a Teacher Can Say to Students." According to Brown, the No. 1 "absolute worst and most frequent...

April 11, 2012

Lottery Winners Teach a Rich Lesson

Talk about merit pay: A trio of educators from a Maryland school district—suspected to be in the Baltimore area—have claimed a share of the recent $656 million Mega Millions jackpot. The winners have chosen to remain anonymous, but they have been identified as a special education teacher, ...

April 06, 2012

Chicago Teachers Union Threatens to Strike

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis said union members are showing "overwhelming" support for a strike, according to the Chicago Tribune. CTU and the Chicago Public Schools have been in contract negotiations for four months and are still far from coming to an agreement. The parties have b...

March 29, 2012

Study: Meditation Lowers Teacher Stress

Still more on the potential benefits of meditation for schools: A new study out of University of California at San Francisco finds that regular meditation practice can improve teachers' emotional well-being as well as help them become more aware of others' feelings, according to PsychCentral. The...

March 27, 2012

What Top Doctors Can Teach Educators

The ever-impressive Atul Gawande—surgeon, New Yorker contributor, and public health researcher—has provided plenty of blog fodder for us here at Teacher over the last few months. And his keynote address at the 2012 ASCD Conference on Sunday was no exception. Gawande began by explaining w...

March 24, 2012

Tornados, 'Brain-Based Teaching,' and Unsavory Language

Live from the ASCD Annual Conference in Philadelphia A few more noteworthy moments from Saturday. • The mid-day keynote address was given by Reed Timmer, host of the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers. He showed some exciting footage of himself driving an armored car into a tornado. The conne...

March 21, 2012

Study: Teacher Influence Key to Student Engagement

A new study published in the Child Development journal concludes that teachers and parents play a more important role than peers do when it comes to keeping adolescents engaged in school.

March 16, 2012

Remembering What You Read: Print vs. Digital Books

According to Time.com, a few studies out there have found that readers may have an easier time remembering and digesting the material in a text when it's in print versus a digital format.

March 09, 2012

When Did You Know?

Was there a particular instance when you knew you wanted to teach, or an incident that made you realize that the teaching profession was for you?

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