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You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.

You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.
(By Charles Rex Arbogast/ AP) You went to school so you think you know what teachers do, right? You are wrong. Here’s a piece explaining all of this from Sarah Blaine, a mom, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who writes at her parentingthecore blog, where this first appeared. By Sarah Blaine We all know what teachers do, right? So we know teachers. We know. Teaching as a profession has no mystery. We were students, and therefore we know teachers. We are wrong. We need to honor teachers. Most of all, we need to stop thinking that we know anything about teaching merely by virtue of having once been students. We don’t know. I spent a little over a year earning a master of arts in teaching degree. I didn’t stay. I passed the bar. I worked hard in my first year of practicing law. But I continued to practice. New teachers take on full responsibility the day they set foot in their first classrooms. You did not design lessons that succeeded. You did not.

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses You can read a version of this story in Spanish here. Pueden leer una versión de esta historia en español aquí. José Urbina López Primary School sits next to a dump just across the US border in Mexico. The school serves residents of Matamoros, a dusty, sunbaked city of 489,000 that is a flash point in the war on drugs. There are regular shoot-outs, and it’s not uncommon for locals to find bodies scattered in the street in the morning.

45 Books to Teach Children About Black History Black History Month presents a wonderful opportunity to teach your children about the incredible accomplishments of Black men and women in America and abroad. Here's a collection of non-fiction and historical fiction books to help children learn about a past that should be highlighted far beyond these 28 days each year. 4 to 8-years-old Ever since Barack Obama was young, Hope has lived inside him. From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Chicago, from the jungles of Indonesia to the plains of Kenya, he has held on to Hope. Teacher to parents: About THAT kid (the one who hits, disrupts and influences YOUR kid) Amy Murray is the director of early childhood education at the Calgary French & International School in Canada. The following post, which appeared on her blog, Miss Night’s Marbles and which I am republishing with her permission, is a powerful open letter directed to parents about THAT kid, the one other kids go home and talk about, the one who is violent, curses and gets angry in class, the one who parents worry will hurt, disrupt and perhaps influence their own children. Murray is also the co-founder of #Kinderchat (, a twitter-based global community for educators of young children. She is a speaker and trainer on learning through play, self-regulation, behavior management, and the use of technology within the classroom. (IStockphoto) Dear Parent:

University School Literacy and Culture A summary from "The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3" by University of Kansas researchers Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley. (2003). American Educator. Spring: 4-9, which was exerpted with permission from B. 28 Books That Affirm Black Boys I love reading all kinds of stories to my children, but I especially love reading books that feature African American characters, because I know that it affirms them. I previously wrote about books that affirm African American girls that I love to read to my daughter. Now, I would like to share some books that I have read to my son that he really enjoys, as well as books that I plan on reading with him as he gets older. These books feature African American boys as the main character, and include some historical figures, but mainly are stories about every day happenings that boys are sure to enjoy!

Brush Up On Your EdTech Vocabulary With This Cheat Sheet Do you know what a flipped classroom requires? How about a 1:1 classroom? If you’re a regular reader of Edudemic, then you probably are more than informed about what these terms mean and how they’re implemented in modern classrooms. Would greater teacher independence help student performance? JUDY WOODRUFF: Next: addressing the high turnover rate among public school teachers. John Tulenko of Learning Matters Television, which produces reports for the NewsHour, looks at a Boston school where the teachers have taken charge. JOHN TULENKO: For more than 20 years, Susan Sluyter loved being a public schoolteacher. But starting around 2001 with passage of the education law known as No Child Left Behind, her feelings began to change.

State Legislators Advance Legislation to Halt Common Core Contact: Kara Cumoletti: (518) 455-3576 or (315) 289-7419 State Legislators Advance Legislation to Halt Common Core ALBANY—Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley), Senator Greg Ball (R-Patterson), Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C,I –Holbrook) and Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) introduced comprehensive legislation today to halt Common Core and its associated testing for three years. In 2010, the State Education Department secured Race to the Top Funding from the U.S.

Study: Middle School Teachers as Savvy as Students with Tech Researchers found that science teachers inside and outside the classroom aren't lagging behind the "digital natives" they teach when it comes to using technology. The study comes from the work of five researchers, hailing from the New York Institute of Technology, University of Connecticut and Utah State University. The result of their research, posted on the academic research website Springer in October, should bolster the confidence of teachers who feel intimidated about using technology in the classroom. On LAUSD's Failed iPad Program — Chambers Daily Howard Blume: Los Angeles school district officials have allowed a group of high schools to choose from among six different laptop computers for their students — a marked contrast to last year's decision to give every pupil an iPad. Contracts that will come under final review by the Board of Education on Tuesday would authorize the purchase of one of six devices for each of the 27 high schools at a cost not to exceed $40 million. In the fall, administrators, teachers and students at those schools will test the laptops to determine whether they should be used going forward. What they learn will affect the future of an ongoing effort to provide computers for all students in the nation's second-largest school system. "The benefit of the new approach is clear," said Los Angeles Unified school board member Monica Ratliff, who chaired a panel that reviewed the technology effort.