What I’ve Learned: Complacency is a Teacher’s Worst Enemy
Language arts teacher Uriah Young says thinking outside the box can enhance any teaching career.
Memorial Honoring Fallen Educators to Be Dedicated in 2014
National Teachers Hall of Fame began work on memorial after Sandy Hook school shooting.
How Public Schools Have the Edge Over Private Schools
A new book makes the case that, once demographics are factored in, public schools come out on top in student achievement.
Crazy Things People Say To Teachers – And How To Respond
Do you ever have to answer annoying questions about the teaching profession from friends and family during the holidays? Maybe this will help.
Must ReadsLearning Cursive Is a Basic Right
It seems like an especially terrible thing to deny kids the chance to learn cursive, according to Abigail Walthausen, because so many enjoy mastering it. Script not only adds speed to writing, but it adds the intimacy of the personal mark to the writing process and adds interest for students who are artistically inclined or visual learners. “”Today more and more I meet high school students who, though they can read, sometimes well and sometimes poorly, are ashamed whenever they are confronted with the need to sign a document.” Source: The Atlantic
‘Blue Light’ May Impair Students’ Sleep, Studies Say
Schools may soon face an unintended consequence of more flexible technology and more energy-efficient buildings: sleepier students. That’s because evidence is mounting that use of artificial light from energy-efficient lamps and computer and mobile-electronics screens later and later in the day can lead to significant sleep problems for adults and, particularly, children. Source: Education Week
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Ahead in EdNominate a Teacher for the National Teachers Hall of Fame – January 13
The mission of The National Teachers Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor exceptional career teachers, encourage excellence in teaching, and preserve the rich heritage of the teaching profession in the United States. Each year, five outstanding teachers are inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame after a rigorous nomination/ application process. Do you know an outstanding teacher who should be inducted into the Hall of Fame? Submit a nomination by January 13.
December 9 – National Day of Action for Great Public Schools
On December 9th, educators will join parents, students and community leaders across the country to hold local actions that demand their direct involvement in decisions that impact public schools. In communities across the country, these key stakeholders are demanding more for America’s kids than the current market-driven reforms which proliferate rather than address inequity. For more information, including a National Day of Action Toolkit and event materials, please go to www.edvotes.org/ourschools
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