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The flexible classroom: Helping students with mental health challenges to thrive

08.05.13 | 2 Comments |
Students with mental health challenges are increasingly present in our classrooms. A flexible classroom culture that's proactive and supportive can prevent them from becoming disruptive, disengaged, and work avoidant, while leaving the teacher more available for teaching.... Read More

Why I love the first day back

08.02.13 | 0 Comments | ,
A teacher prepares for the first day of school.... Read More

Who benefits from closing city schools? Not the kids

07.29.13 | 1 Comment | ,

By Jessica Shiller

The battles over school closings have been fierce nationwide. In Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Detroit, Baltimore, and Los Angeles, announcements of public school closings have been met with protest. Urban district leaders have been steadfast, insisting that failing schools must be closed to be able to provide ... Read More

Understanding our diverse students by understanding ourselves first

07.22.13 | 0 Comments |

By Eileen Gale Kugler

The principal considered the new student in front of her. She was concerned about  Carlos’ disrespectful behavior. “You look at me while I’m talking to you!” Mrs. Harris admonished.

What Mrs. Harris didn’t realize is that Carlos was being respectful. While the principal had been taught ... Read More

Special ed rights on steroids: Time to detox

07.15.13 | 11 Comments | , ,
Parental choice should not carry more weight than educators' professional judgment regarding special education decisions, says Kappan author Mark Paige.... Read More

Are you a BadAss Teacher?

07.09.13 | 14 Comments | ,
A new BadAss Teachers Association page on Facebook is attracting thousands of members and hundreds of angry, irreverent, and funny posts and responses.... Read More

Pull harder for a new vision

07.02.13 | 0 Comments | ,

By Jack Schneider

I live a few miles away from Middlesex Fells Reservation — 2,500 acres of protected land in the Boston area. On warm days, my daughter and I go walking there. She likes to spot birds; I like to sit by the pond.

Over the centuries, demands on ... Read More

Solving the problem of zeros in grading

06.25.13 | 2 Comments | ,

By Thomas R. Guskey

Much ado has been made in recent years about the problem of zeros in grading.  Some districts have responded by stipulating that the lowest grade teachers can assign students is 50% rather than a zero. Districts that enact such policies have no intention of giving students ... Read More

“Bogus” teacher prep ratings and Zagats

06.18.13 | 0 Comments | , ,
The National Center for Teaching Quality's evaluation of teacher education programs represents poor research on a significant topic in education.... Read More

The wretched task of grading

06.18.13 | 1 Comment | ,

By Timothy Quinn

I spent the past year writing a book about grading, and, so far, the result is that I can barely bring myself to put a grade on a paper or test, let alone a report card. The more I have thought about putting grades on student work, ... Read More


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