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October 07, 2010

Do Union Contracts Get in the Way?

Jose Vilson takes serious issue with the notion—expressed indelibly by a young teacher in this video clip from NBC's Education Nation event—that union contracts prevent teachers from doing all that they can to help struggling students: Can we just agree that teachers just do what they go...

October 04, 2010

Should Teachers Be On Call?

Ms. Cornelius objects strongly to the idea that dedicated teachers need to provide their cell phone numbers to parents: I will work my butt off for you during the school day and for an hour thereafter. I am available every day after school and I have a class website. But when I do leave school, I ...

October 04, 2010

Survey: British Teachers Struggling With Student Behavior, Too

A new survey making news in England has found that fully 70 percent of British teachers have contemplated quitting because of student-behavior problems. Conducted by a coalition of organizations that includes the National Union of Teachers, the survey also shows more than 90 percent of the 350 teac...

October 01, 2010

'Naming and Shaming' Teachers?

Walt Gardner, a retired Los Angeles teacher, comments on the reported link between a fifth teacher's recent suicide and the L.A. Times publication of teacher rankings based on student test scores.

September 28, 2010

Can 'Superman' Save Teachers?

Can the controversial new education documentary elevate the arguments around teaching?

September 07, 2010

What New Teachers Need This Time of Year

Frustrated young teachers wonder why they didn't get more help from colleagues.

September 07, 2010

What Teachers Need From Administrators

Just a heads up: Scott McLeod of Dangerously Irrelevant is hosting a series this week on the question of, "What Do Teachers Need From Administrators." From the first entry, by Brian Crosby: Give us, and advocate for us, more time to plan. Effective teaching requires, more than ever, effective plan...

September 02, 2010

Schools Without Administrators, Ctd.

Teacher-led schools are cropping up at various points around the country.

September 01, 2010

Can Someone Fix the A/C?

So I've been been scanning through some teacher blogs to see if there might be any common back-to-school themes. One thing that jumps out: There are a lot of air-conditioning problems in classrooms out there. Poor Epiphany in Baltimore, whose (low-income) school apparently doesn't even have A/C, i...

August 18, 2010

Supplies and Demand

In tough economic times, schools are asking students to come to class prepared with more than just pencils, paper, and binders.

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