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Secret Teacher: why do people love to judge us so much?

We have to defend our holidays, our working hours, our lessons – and we turn on each other too. Please, give us a break<p>It’s the summer holidays – which means six weeks of teachers having to defend the fact that they have six weeks off. But it’s not just the holidays; I find I’m frequently required …

Teaching

Facebook Unveils New “Personalized Learning” Platform They’re Making Available To Everyone

You may, or may not, have seen the article just published by The New York Times, Facebook Helps Develop Software That Puts Students in Charge of …

5 Famous Novels That Will Reignite Your Creativity

When was the last time you read something this deep?<p>I am a writer, and part of being a great writer means reading-- a lot.<p>But reading has so many other benefits that people tend to forget, one of which being it works your brain in a different way than reading blogs (like this one) or magazines or …

Literature

What Boston's Preschools Get Right

After a relentless focus on quality in the early years, the city is even bringing lessons learned to later grades.<p><i>This story is the second in a series about public preschool that will also examine Head Start, preschool solutions found in other countries, the condition of preschool teachers and the</i> …

Education

There Is Nothing Wrong With Those Kids: How Implicit Bias Affects Black And Brown Students

In 1970, I was kicked out of a teacher education program in California. More accurately, the letter I received said, "You may continue to take [i.e. pay tuition for] classes, but we will not endorse your application for a teaching credential." My offense that triggered this action was to challenge …

The Crazy Cooking Hack That Reduces The Calories In Rice By Half, Science Finds

White rice is NOT a huge no-no when you're losing weight, only if you know this cooking hack that reduces the calories in rice by half.

Your Ultimate Guide To All Those Crazy Smoothie Ingredients

Ever stood in line at Juice Press and realized you can't identify half the smoothie add-ins on the menu? From hemp hearts and maca to protein powder, there's no end to the number of "superfood" ingredients people are dumping into their smoothies these days.<p>"Just because you can drink it through a …

Nutrition

Why The Opt Out Movement Is Crucial For The Future Of Public Education

Many parents and educators are outraged by the over-testing and misuse of testing that has been embedded in federal policy since the enactment of No Child Left Behind in 2002. No high-performing nation in the world tests every child every year in grades 3-8, as we have since the passage of …

Education

Learn Like a Pirate: Key takeaways - Innovation: Education

Katy’s 2016 Summer Reading<p>Something about this book title and summer reading fits perfectly. The open ocean, pirates, and fierce independence. I’m …

Teaching

Mathematical Mindsets by @joboaler - Teacher Tech

Mathematical Mindsets<p>What I am reading right now is the book “Mathematical Mindsets” by Stanford math professor Jo Boaler (@joboaler). Without …

The surprising links between human milk and the wild

Every mammal produces milk to rear its young. What’s in that milk depends on everything from the heat of the climate to how long the baby needs to feed for. And human milk, it turns out, has much in common with one of Africa’s wildest species.<p>Nine out of every 10 glasses of raw milk produced in the …

Seals

28 Pictures That Will Make Teachers Laugh Harder Than They Should

They'll never know.

Pop Quiz: A Parent's Guide to 21st Century Learning

Ask your 5-year-old what she wants to be when she grows up and she might say an astronaut or teacher, chef or engineer. Maybe she wants to run a flower shop.<p>But what if she said: I don't know! What I want to be doesn't exist yet?<p>She'd be right. A Department of Labor statistic indicates that 65% of …

Pedagogy

To Teach Kids To Read And Write, Sometimes You Have To Get Creative

Take a look at your hand, right or left, it doesn't matter. Now imagine every finger represents a word. How many sentences can you come up with?<p><i>I think therefore I am.</i><p><i>Don't sweat the small stuff.</i><p><i>All you need is love.</i><p>Ximena Martinez, from Texas, thought this one was good: "Las naranjas son muy …

Teaching

10 Mysterious Incidents From The International Space Station

The launch of the International Space Station in November 1998 has given the human race a permanent residence in space—something that only decades …

Becoming a Mother in the Age of Neurotoxins: Reflections From the International Meeting for Autism Research 2016

Becoming a parent, especially a mother, is one of the biggest responsibilities that one can assume in ones lifetime. Creating and nurturing a new life is an immensely complex task, which requires a lot of dedication, love and also skill and knowledge. Being a mother is hard even when the child is …

Controversial Report Suggests Governments Are Recommending Foods That Make Us Obese

They’ve got a real issue with low fat.<p>With the number of obese people in the world now outnumbering underweight people, we’ve got a serious problem …

Nutrition

If Students’ Learning Conditions Are Teachers’ Working Conditions, These Students Are in Trouble

The average New York City public school teacher shows up at work every morning ready for battle. They may find themselves stressing over standardized …

Teaching

How to Learn Math For Teachers | Stanford Center for Professional Development

The course comprises 8 sessions, each with videos and activities that require approximately 1.5 to 3 hours to complete. The course focuses on the …

Pedagogy

Playing It Straight: The (Re)Making of an Early-Childhood Teacher

Gender stereotypes often appear very early in a child's life, and early-childhood teachers often help support those stereotypes.

Teaching

Reboot: 5 Resources for Teacher Inspiration

TED-Ed<p>There are plenty of lists of TED talks for teachers who might need a dose of inspiration when times feel tough. One of my favorite resources …

Teaching

21 Awesome Places to Learn Critical Skills That Will Change Your Life | Inc.com

We tend to think of learning a new skill or "going back to school" as something you'd do when looking to change careers, or to upgrade within your current one.<p>But lifelong learning has incredible benefits, both personal and professional, say researchers. It makes communities more productive and …

Learning

Egypt 'suppressing truth' over hidden chambers in Tutankhamun’s tomb

Scientists accuse government of failing to release data disproving claims that burial site contains Nefertiti’s remains<p>The world of archaeology was electrified last year by the news that Tutankhamun’s tomb could contain hidden chambers possibly containing the remains and riches of Queen Nefertiti. …

Archaeology

Why the discovery of Earth-like planets could spell doom for humanity

On Tuesday (May 10), NASA’s Kepler mission announced that it had nearly doubled the number of exoplanets we’ve discovered. Based on this data, NASA scientists expect there are tens of billions of Earth-like planets just in our own galaxy. That, however, might be really bad news for humanity.<p>Ever …

Universe

5 Innovative Ways To Create Positive Classroom Culture

Here are five different things that I’ve done in my own classroom that’s helped build a positive culture in both my 5th grade classroom and middle …

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 2: Setting the Tone from the First Day of Class

The first day of class, I enter the classroom and ask, <b>"What's the difference between being certain and being closed-minded?"</b> Long silence. Students give tentative answers. <b>"What's the difference between having firm principles and being closed-minded?"</b> Longer silence. More tentative answers. <b>"What's</b> …

Critical Thinking

Senators Hatch and Warner: What Congress Can Do to Make Every Day Teacher Appreciation Day

Teachers touch lives and transform communities by helping children realize their full potential. We believe America’s educators deserve greater …

Education

Teacher's awful mistreatment of special needs child

<b>(CNN) —</b> Last week, a Georgia principal went into a classroom in Conyers, Georgia, a small city east of Atlanta, and witnessed a literally unbelievable sight.<p>A 5-year-old African-American boy, a student in the special education program at the school, had been suspended by his belt from the top of …

Justice