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Veteran Teacher Reveals the Shocking Intimidation She’s Faced for Opposing Common Core in Tearful Testimony

Though she claims she has been intimidated and bullied for opposing Common Core, a Missouri kindergarten teacher reportedly testified Thursday in support of a bill that would prohibit the controversial state standards in the state’s public schools.<p>Speaking before the Missouri Senate Education …

Teacher: Over-tested zombies are invading my classroom

What are the effects of over-testing on students? Mary Tedrow, who teaches high school English in Virginia, explains. Tedrow co-directs the Northern Virginia Writing Project and is a National Board Certified Teacher as well as a member and past fellow of the Teacher Leaders Network. She blogs at …

New teacher licensing system full of glitches, hitches

Just hours after the state launched a new, multimillion-dollar teacher licensing system last year, an educator logging in was shocked to find a serious security breach.<p>"I discovered that by doing a public search using any educator's name, ALL of our personal information is available to everyone. …

Yes, American teachers are underpaid, at least among wealthy countries

American teacher pay is always politicized, not the least of which is because teachers’ unions are part of the bedrock of the Democratic party’s political base.<p>But America’s chalk-dusted corps of educators doesn’t look especially over-paid by international standards. In fact, according to this …

Democratic Party

Teacher removed for 'dangerous' science projects; supporters rally

A popular Los Angeles high school science teacher has been suspended after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators, spurring a campaign calling for his return to the classroom.<p>Students and parents have rallied around Greg Schiller after his suspension in February from …

Education

Beloved 79-Year-Old Teacher Forced Out Of Her Job After Refusing To Unfriend Her Students On Facebook

Carol Thebarge has been a teacher for 35 years, and the 79-year-old Stevens High School substitute has been active on Facebook since her 75th birthday. One of her favorite parts of the network? Keeping up with her students, past and present.<p>But now WMUR reports she's being forced out of her job in …

Oklahoma Biology Teachers Don't Understand Evolution

Much of the debate about evolution in public schools concerns the content of textbooks. But a new study points to another worrisome trend: teachers …

Biology

Arne Duncan needs 1 million teachers

5 New Approaches to Teaching and Learning: The Next Frontier

In my first year of teaching about a decade ago, I was given very straightforward instructions for what I was charged to do. I was told to follow the curriculum, ensure that my students didn't disrupt the classroom, meet the state standards for my subject, and make sure that my students passed the …

New Challenges for the Teaching Profession

There is no denying that the profession of teaching is evolving faster than ever. While the core purpose -- transmitting knowledge to the next generation -- remains extremely important, the realms of teacher selection, accreditation and assessment are changing very swiftly. Moreover, increasing …

7 Things We Should Start Teaching In Schools ASAP

Americans typically learn a lot of things in school -- spelling, math, why plants are green -- that are actually useful in our day-to-day lives. But they also learn a lot of other things -- cursive, long division, how to play "Hot Crossed Buns" on the recorder -- that are probably not.<p>No, we didn't …

Best Collection of Starters Ever Part 12 | Guardian Teacher Network

This is the penultimate collection of lesson starters - another 50 single-slide no preparation, general purpose lesson starters. For those who really want the entire collection, the last part is already online here... https://sites.google.com/site/timemanagement4teachers/time-management-fo...

Teaching

Why Teaching Needs to Be a Career, Not Just a Career Starter

In recent years, graduates of elite colleges across the country have been encouraged to think of teaching as a starter job, something to do for a couple of years as a kind of service before moving on to graduate school and/or one's long-term profession. For some providers of "alternative" routes …

Kodable Teaches Kids To Code Before They Learn To Read

Preschool and kindergarten are recommended times for kids to learn a new language, while they’re still in the process of learning their first one. So Grechen Huebner and her cofounder, Jon Mattingly, created an app that teaches kids to program – before they’ve even learned how to read.<p>The idea …

'Good job, teach': Educators emerge as heroes in Okla. tragedy

As stories of survival emerged from sites devastated Monday by the Oklahoma tornado, so did accounts of the heroic actions of teachers who risked their lives to save students from the deadly storm. The tornado struck direct blows on two elementary schools.<p>One survivor told KFOR-TV about how he …

My Solution to the American Education Debate: Joining Teach For America

One of the hot topics in America today is public education. The question that everyone is trying to answer is how we make our schools better for our kids. It seems like everyone has an opinion as to what the best solution is. Some are choosing to pull their kids out of the public education system …

How Teach For America became powerful

Teach For America is a big part of the school reform world yet many people don’t understand how it came to become the “next big thing” in U.S. education. Here is an excerpt from a book called “Excellence For All: How a New Breed of Reformers Is Transforming America’s Public Schools,” by Jack …

Is Teach for America doing more harm or good for US education? | Al Jazeera America

On Monday, The Stream discussed #ResistTFA, a recent trending hashtag created to focus on some of the cracks in Teach for America, a nonprofit that places accomplished recent college graduates and professionals in some of America's low-income schools.<p>The Stream hosted a heated and vibrant …

Boosting literacy: teaching tips, ideas and research – live chat

Recently, I came across a great blog post by English teacher Andrew Tharby on a new approach he's been using to improve student literacy.<p>He was concerned that the baseline English tests that students are required to take when they join his secondary school damages their confidence, as many students …

Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information

But far from devaluing the role of the modern teacher, the new economy of information has freed teachers from their role as “font of knowledge” and …

'Teaching isn't just about learning the curriculum – it's about life skills'

Science teacher Rick Teather explains how his previous career as a salesman influences his approach to teaching – and why the job is much harder in England than elsewhere in the world<p><i>Rick Teather moved from his home country, Canada, to work as a science teacher at</i> <i>Passmores Academy</i> <i>in Essex.</i><p>It …

Fake science professor teaches class, aces it

A University of Rochester chemistry class thinks it's listening to its new professor. It's actually a prankster. And he gets them to turn off their laptops and cell phones.<p>I've never understood education.<p>You go to a place to listen to someone say things they've either already written in a book or …

Laptops

Tynker is the latest iPad app aiming to teach kids to code

After attracting more than 6m children to its website, US firm launches app to teach first programming skills<p>US firm Tynker has released an iPad app that aims to introduce children to computer programming, building on the success of its existing website.<p>The app is based on collections of puzzles, …

Why I'm training to be a teaching assistant - by Cumbrian MP, John Woodcock

The Labour politician explains why he has swapped parliament for the classroom, and wonders if he might have bitten off more than he can chew<p>This teaching malarkey is turning out to be harder than I had thought. Why can’t all the ten-year-olds in Victoria Juniors, Barrow, immediately grasp the …

Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?

It's become the new buzz phrase in education: "Got grit?"<p>Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students' success — and just as important to teach as reading and math.<p>Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it's that <i>je ne sais quoi</i> that drives one …

Wait, there's an app that teaches kids handwriting?

The creator of iTrace believes that his app brings a new lease of life to the concept of teaching handwriting. But does anyone actually write by hand anymore?<p>Here's what we do with our hands these days: We poke, we stroke, we wipe, we swipe.<p>But we don't actually write, do we? Not, you know, by hand …

Apps

Why is Teach for America controversial?

TEACH FOR AMERICA (TFA), a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1990, places its young “corps members” at schools in poor areas to teach for two …