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January 06, 2011

Disengaging From the 'Teacher Wars'

Weary of her participation in the "teacher wars," Cindi Rigsbee resolves to de-stress in 2011.

December 03, 2010

Hospitalized Teacher Still Cares For Student

A teacher who has to have his jaw wired shut after a former student assaulted him remains concerned about the teen and says he needs help, not jail.

November 08, 2010

Planning Period? What's a Planning Period?

When districts stop hiring substitutes to save funds, teachers pay the price with longer work days, says one blogger.

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.

November 03, 2010

Putting School Board Members in the Classroom

An unsigned editorial in the The Ledger of Polk County, Fla., argues that school board members should be required to substitute teach at least three days a month as part of their official duties: This would give them a real working knowledge of what Polk County teachers are asked to do each day. ...

November 02, 2010

Teachers Helping Teachers: Now's the Time

Here's an interesting twist: Teacher-author Roxanna Elden offers advice to veteran teachers on what not to say to new teachers who come to them looking for help. The general themes, in my reading, are to be specific and to avoid sounding condescending. Elden also notes that this time of year, when...

October 18, 2010

Study: Male Teachers Live in Fear

According to a new Canadian study, 13 percent of male teachers said they have been "wrongly accused of inappropriate contact with pupils."

October 08, 2010

Students Protest Filth, Violence at School

Students at a New Jersey high school used Facebook to organize a protest of what they call a filthy, unsafe school environment.

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 ...

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