Teaching Students: Reporting Achievement

The report card is eagerly greeted by the “best” student and generally dreaded by everyone else. It is inevitably used as a means for comparison represented by the presentation of valedictorian and salutatorian awards at end of year ceremonies that tend to emphasize the reality…

Spotlight: Journalists

“Bulgarian television reporter Viktoria Marinova has become the third journalist to be murdered in the European Union in the last year and the fourth since the start of 2017. The 30-year-old’s body was found dumped near the Danube River in the town of Ruse, northern Bulgaria,…

Teaching Practice: Mathematics

Craig Barton recently published How I Wish I’d Taught Maths: Lessons Learned from Research, Conversations with Experts, and 12 Years of Mistakes (2018 John Catt Educational Ltd.). Craig has two websites that are worth visiting – Mr. Barton Maths and Diagnostic Question. He is a…

Guest Post: Teaching Students: Project Based Learning: Taking Risks Without Losing Sanity

Hilary Simpson holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a second major in Psychology from the University of Portland. She was a member of the Teach for America 2013 Memphis Corps. She currently teaches seventh grade English at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, TN….

Teaching Practice: Circle Time

A recent article in Edutopia began with this sentence: “Morning meetings are a nearly ubiquitous feature in elementary classrooms. Students gather on a rug to discuss the calendar, the weather, the news, and how they’re feeling as the day begins.” The sentence is not wrong and…

Spotlight: Leah Guenther, MS Teacher

Leah wrote a recent article in Harvard Educational Review. She has taught for 9 years and says: “I adore this job. There is nothing else I would rather do. It is challenging, however, so I am always looking for practical ways to ensure my longevity in…

Teaching Practice: Mathematics

A British teacher, Craig Barton, recently wrote about his transformation as a mathematics teacher in American Educator. He poses the classic change dilemma: don’t upset the applecart! If I am a well-liked teacher who gets good results, why am I doing anything wrong and why…

Teaching Practice: Helping Students In and Out of the Classroom

Students with identified learning needs, and many who are in need of specific support even without diagnosed needs, are helped by interventionists both in and out of the classroom. It used to be the norm that a math coach or English coach would pull the…

Teaching Students: Critical Thinking, Pill Bugs, and Scientific Thinking

By Bill Wallace, Science Teacher at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC My Physiology class of high school juniors and seniors is alive with various sounds, smells and lights all directed at pill bugs in choice chambers on the lab benches. One pair of students…

Spotlight: José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema orchestra, 1939-2018

Jose Abreu, founder of El Sistema Youth Orchestra in Venezuela, died Saturday, March 24th, at the age of 78. Abreu founded the globally acclaimed El Sistema, or The System, in 1975 in a garage with just nine musicians. In an interview, Abreu said about that…

Teaching Students: The Good Stress

As teachers, it’s easy to worry about the student’s stress levels and do what we can to reduce them. It’s not hard to find evidence that there is stress in a student’s life and that it can be a barrier to learning. We trust each…

Teaching Practice – Fine and Performing Arts – Express: Finding Meaning

Why teach the arts? This is the seventh and last article that looks at the intrinsic reasons art is a critical part of how and what a student learns at school. In the first article, I noted typical reasons for taking arts – that it…

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