Michael Brody

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How A Strengths-Based Approach to Math Redefines Who Is ‘Smart’

A group of young women who had graduated from high school between 1997 and 2006 sat at the front of the room crying and laughing about their …

Teaching

Together We Stand; Divided We Fall—How Distributive Leadership Creates Greater Schools | NBPTS

This summer I was given the opportunity to speak on a panel for the Coalition for Teaching Quality. I went to Washington, DC with my principal and, …

Leadership

Second-grade teacher's unique homework policy goes viral

Thousands of people praise teacher's new philosophy on homework after parent posts letter on Facebook

Teaching

Five Questions New Teachers Should Ask (and Schools Should Be Able to Answer)

Complete Coverage<p>Printer-Friendly<p>Email Article<p>Reprints<p>Comments<p>My first year as a teacher began with a three-day new-teacher training that was …

Opening My Door as a Candidate for National Board Certification | NBPTS

When I first started teaching, a veteran teacher told me that one of the best things about teaching is that as a teacher I could close my door and …

Certification

Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School

Instead, help them channel their energy into productive tasks.<p>This year's end-of-year paper purge in my middle school office revealed a startling pattern in my teaching practices: I discipline boys far more often than I discipline girls. Flipping through the pink and yellow slips--my school's …

ADHD

The powerful thing that happens when the school day starts in the afternoon

As we continue to debate why women can’t get ahead at work — why they are less likely to be promoted, why they’re paid less than similar men in similar jobs — educators around the world have been fretting over the mirror-opposite problem. When it comes to school, it’s the girls who consistently …

OECD

Curriculum Conversations: 7 Do's and Don'ts

Dr. Jennifer Davis BowmanCurriculum PlanningWhile student input matters when creating curriculum, it's critical to manage their involvement and …

Teaching

High school teacher: I’m banning laptops in class — and not just because they are distracting

Every since computers began to enter classrooms and policy makers made wiring schools a top education priority, technology boosters have talked about the many ways that education and student life could be improved. E-textbooks could be unlimited in scope and easily updated, research could be …

Teaching

How important are high school courses to college performance? Less than you might think

There is a troubling hidden pattern behind success stories of high school graduation: though the percent of students earning a diploma is at an …

Education

Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure

As constant travelers and parents of a 2-year-old, we sometimes fantasize about how much work we can do when one of us gets on a plane, undistracted by phones, friends, and <i>Finding Nemo</i>. We race to get all our ground work done: packing, going through TSA, doing a last-minute work call, calling each …

Teaching Professors to Become Better Teachers

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Between forkfuls of pad Thai, chicken and tofu, 20 Connecticut College faculty members listened as Michael Reder talked about teaching.<p>“The research shows that students love it when we share what we’re passionate about,” said the animated Mr. Reder, whose enthusiasm for teaching …

KQED

Teachers would love to give each student individual attention whenever they need it, but packed classrooms often make that a difficult task. As a …

Having Other Teachers' Eyes Means Also Having Their Ideas

A lot of what's going on today in Marna Wolak's fifth-grade math class is pretty familiar. She's got her students gathered on the rug for a number talk, something she does often, trying to get them thinking about fractions.<p>But a lot of it is unfamiliar, too. The topic is new — dividing whole …

Teaching

Can You Keep Students Engaged After The Final Exam?

<b>Don’t waste their time – it’s one of the guiding principles for high school teachers.</b><p>Start on time; end on time. Put off routine tasks (like passing …

A Teacher-Powered Approach to Professional Development - Independent Ideas Blog

​It’s a normal Friday morning at Holy Family Academy, a two-year-old independent Catholic high school in Pittsburgh with 100 students. While students …

Lift Off

400x200-livingston-convocation.jpg “Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin,<br>Is a great equalizer of the conditions of men.” – Horace …

Harvard

Easing the Stress of Evaluations for Administrators

Ben JohnsonSchool LeadershipObserve and advise your teachers throughout the year, and at their summative evaluations, celebrate their strengths and …

Education

Video and Professional Development: The Power of Observation

It's no secret that when most of us entered our first teaching position, we were simply given a classroom key, a policy handbook, and a roster …

Harvard Business School Study Has Implications for College Admission

The pressures to get into college (or really, certain colleges, since most American institutions accept 50% or more of their applicants) are well-known. For high school students in particular, the pressures and stress of performance can lead to loss of sleep, depression, social isolation, and other …

College & University

Reflecting on Yourself as a Leader

Photo credit: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan via flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)Elena AguilarSchool LeadershipSchools need …

Leadership

Why I Was Wrong About Liberal-Arts Majors

ENLARGE<p><i>David Kalt is the founder of Reverb.com, a marketplace for musical instruments and gear, and the owner of the Chicago Music Exchange, a vintage guitar store in Chicago. He also co-founded and was the former CEO of online broker optionsXpress.</i><p>As the demand for quality computer programmers and …

Liberal arts

How you can be good at math, and other surprising facts about learning | Jo Boaler | TEDxStanford

Student-Led Meetings: Empowering Student Voice

Video & TranscriptStudent-Led Meetings: Empowering Student Voice (Transcript)Alec: When I get in arguments with my peers, it's really hard for me to …

Education

Strategies to Ensure Introverted Students Feel Valued at School

When Susan Cain wrote <i>Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking</i> in 2012, it was a big success. The book made the cover of <i>Time</i> …

Northern California

20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students

Students’ behavior is a form of communication and when it’s negative it almost always stems from an underlying cause. There are many reasons kids …

Students

Move Over Helicopter Parents, The Drones Have Arrived - Independent Ideas Blog

<i>​“'I always give my son a wakeup call,' the mother explained, 'but he’s not answering.' The provost told this concerned mother</i> <i>she cannot inform</i> …

Kids

What We’re Watching: Personalized Learning Event at Harvard – by Education Next

On Thursday, May 5 at 5:30, the Harvard Graduate School of Education will host an event about a new online personalized learning platform that is …

Personalized learning

Is Our Grading System Fair?

<b>Is Our Grading System Fair?</b><i>“A zero has an undeserved and devastating influence, so much so that no matter what the student does, the grade distorts</i> …

Kids

Three Ways to Think About ‘Is It Worth It?’

In life, there are certain nonnegotiables we simply must have. Think food, water and shelter for starters. Nobody will ask, “Is it worth it to eat?” It’s just something you do to stay alive.<p>But deciding what to eat? That’s a different question.<p>Will I eat the bologna or prosciutto? Drink tap water …

Style (Canada)