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Lack of organization puts teacher’s job on the line

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Q:  I teach middle school science. Last year, I got written up for not meeting standards. I lost students’ papers and quizzes and didn’t return them within the required time frame. Grading is a problem for me, but sometimes it's not my fault. Kids will either pretend they handed in work or will forget to [...]

The distracted student mind — enhancing its focus and attention

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Due to the constant temptation to check their smartphones, today’s students are spending less time focused on their schoolwork, taking longer to complete assignments, and feeling more stressed in the process. Just how big of a problem is digital distraction, and how can educators respond? By Larry D. Rosen For more than three decades, I’ve [...]

ESSA and rural teachers: New roads to retaining teachers?

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A renewed focus on innovation and flexibility under ESSA could provide a recipe for establishing new ways to recruit, develop, and retain teachers in rural schools. By Douglas Gagnon Of all the unique contexts overlooked by the last decade of education reforms, those of poor, rural communities were particularly underappreciated — perhaps because the dais [...]

To reach girls in classroom, align practices to specific learning needs

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Lessons with hands-on learning, elements of creativity, multimodal projects, and class discussions all worked to stimulate girls’ interest in the classroom. By Charlotte E. Jacobs, Peter J. Kurioff, Shannon H. Andrus, and Amanda B. Cox Boys’ struggles in schools have generated ongoing discussion for more than two decades. Girls continue to outperform boys academically in [...]

All sizzle and no steak: Value-added model doesn’t add value in Houston

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  Houston provides a cautionary lesson for districts making high-stakes decisions with flimsy tools. By Audrey Amrein-Beardsley and Tray Geiger In 2011, the Houston Independent School District terminated 221 teachers because they did not demonstrate, with surefire evidence, that they were contributing enough to student achievement. This happened shortly after a new superintendent came to [...]

New principal is already butting heads with staff

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Q:  I’m a high school principal in Michigan. I was assigned to a new school in my district because I have a track record of turning around struggling schools. Not something I wanted, but it is what it is. I’m not the easiest person, but I get the job done. It was hard to leave [...]

Reading in a digital age

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Even millennials acknowledge that whether you read on paper or a digital screen affects your attention on words and the ideas behind them. What are the implications for how we teach? By Naomi S. Baron The digital revolution has done much to reshape how students read, write, and access information in school. Once-handwritten essays are [...]

BACKTALK: Motivating students to turn the page on reading

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Threats and quizzes won’t motivate students to invest in reading, but showing them how it contributes to a meaningful life just might make it click.  By Lauren Porosoff I have an embarrassing confession: I’m a middle school English teacher, but when I was in middle school, I didn’t read a single assigned book. Not one. [...]

Be an effective change agent at your child’s school

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Don’t just get mad. Organize a group of like-minded people, focus on the problem, and put forward workable solutions. By Sarah M. Stitzlein Being engaged in education change is inherently a political process involving a struggle over the distribution of resources and power, which are at the heart of school improvement. Good parent political dissent [...]

Teacher hates a student, but sticking it out could be life-changing for both

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Q: I really can't stand a specific student. I just found out he will be in my class again this year. Teaching him once was more than enough! I know it's not politically correct to hate a student, but this kid is the worst. I've tried every classroom management strategy, but he just pushes all [...]

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