The only way to hook children on reading for pleasure is to allow them to read for pleasure. That means permitting them to choose the books that interest them and then letting them to read at their own pace, without being asked to analyze every single sentence for inner meaning. This is the way kids learn to love to read at the Center for Teaching and Learning, an award-winning non-profit independent demonstration school in Maine that was founded in 1990 by educator Nancie Atwell, who last month was awarded the first $1 million Global Teacher Prize given by the Varkey Foundation.Read full article >>
How important is it to you to keep up with the latest gossip or the hottest trends, whether in your school or around the world?
Here are several paragraphs from a March 28 article, “Make Way for Generation Z.” Can you choose the best word or phrase for each blank?
I’ve recently published a number of posts on the growth and impact of the standardized testing opt-out movement. As more parents choose against allowing their children to sit down for new mandated tests, the pushback from administrators is increasing in many places, with some of them threatening consequences to students who refuse to take the assessments.Read full article >>
University of Maryland officials have concluded that a vulgar e-mail a student sent to members of his fraternity last year was “hateful and reprehensible,” but did not violate the school’s policies and is protected by the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech.Read full article >>
The educators who stood trial were indicted in 2013 after questions about how Atlanta students had substantially improved scores on a test given throughout Georgia.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) met with black community leaders and students in Charlottesville on Wednesday for a discussion on police use of force after the violent arrest of a black University of Virginia student last month.Read full article >>
Wednesday was a day for ridiculous stories at campus papers, double-takes, pranks by some college presidents — and some backlash and apologies at the University of Virginia’s Cavalier Daily for April Fools Day satire that some readers didn’t think was at all funny, coming days after a nationally publicized arrest that sparked a heated debate about race on campus.Read full article >>
An Atlanta jury convicted 11 teachers of racketeering and other crimes in a standardized test-cheating scandal believed to be the worst of a wave of test cheating in nearly 40 states and Washington, D.C. — not by students but by teachers and administrators who were under pressure to meet certain score goals at the risk of sanction if they failed.Read full article >>
Eleven former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a wide-ranging conspiracy to inflate scores on students' standardized tests.
What do I want to be when I get older? What career would I excel at? How will I get a job? These are questions students everywhere think about, and this universal interest makes work and careers an engaging topic to explore when teaching English language development.
Exhausted parents have seized on a recent study claiming that parenting time doesn’t matter, but the research is misleading.
History students at Oak Creek High School in Wisconsin are expanding their family history project to include some science. -More-