"Last week, my son brought home a stack of papers from his first-grade class. Some of them had obvious spelling errors, but no one had marked them wrong. What's the deal? Why don't teachers seem to care about spelling anymore?"
Mutilating someone’s name is a tiny act of bigotry. Whether you intend to or not, what you're communicating is this: Your name is different. Foreign. Weird. It’s not worth my time to get it right.
Planning time rarely gets more than a passing mention when we talk education reform, but lack of time is a significant part of what's pushing teachers out of schools.
We hear the phrase “online learning” so often, it’s become a little like white noise. After a while, all the providers become one big blur. But one digital learning platform is doing things a little differently: a quirky, smart, abundant little corner of the web called Shmoop.
83 percent of U.S. teachers are white. Nearly half our students are not. However uncomfortable it may be to talk about, this makes a difference. The good news is, a set of best practices is starting to emerge.
Does staying out of the education reform debate make you out of touch, a peacekeeper, or a self-serving a-hole?
Later today, Bill Gates will be interviewed at NBPTS's Teaching & Learning conference in Washington, D.C.
If you've ever heard a guy stop in the middle of an explanation and say Hold on, let me draw you a picture, that guy is getting ready to sit you down for a big heaping plate of nonlinguistic representation.
It seems that very few people outside the profession understand just how much non-teaching time is required to make the teaching time go well. Help us measure it by participating in the Project.
You just taught something new. Now it's time for students to practice. One standard approach is to assign written exercises. That's perfectly fine. Except when it's not, because you do it every day, and students are dying to interact more, move more, talk more, do something else.