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10 things secondary teachers need to know about the new primary English curriculum

This list, although aimed at secondary English teachers, may well be of use to primary colleagues and others. Let me state from the off that I’m not …

Public Schools to Teachers: Run Your Class on Fear or Get Fired

As part of a burgeoning new public school program called “No Nonsense Nurturing” teachers are required to wear earpieces. They’re reminded to be less …

Why don’t we ever see the far side of the moon?

NASA this week released photographs of the far side of the moon, providing a lunar perspective we rarely get to see. The images were snapped by the …

Astronomy

Why Public Schools Don't Teach Critical Thinking -- Part 1

The following warning should be affixed atop every computer in America's schools:<p><i>Proceed at your own risk. Don't accept as true what you're about to read. Some of it is fact; some of it is opinion disguised as fact; and the rest is liberal, conservative, or mainstream propaganda. Make sure you know</i> …

Inquiry in the Classroom: 7 Simple Tools To Get You Started

We know certain characteristics can be encouraged, but not taught, like curiosity. But teachers who use an inquiry based approach can provide …

Draw on Student Interests to Make the Common Core Work for You

As the new school year begins, articles and resources dedicated to helping teachers develop curriculum and assessments aligned to the Common Core …