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You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong. - The Washington Post

You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong. - The Washington Post
(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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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:

‘If only American teachers were smarter…’ ( Jonathon Rosen for The Washington Post ) Teachers. In this school reform era, they have been targeted as “the” problem for failing schools. 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. Education of Washington's students should come before corporate welfare On Wednesday, the Washington State Supreme Court will face off with the Legislature over fully funding public education under the 2012 McCleary decision. As the state grapples with the issue of education funding, residents are left wondering how such a prosperous state -- home to a number of the world’s most iconic and profitable companies and individuals — fails to fully fund even basic education for Washington’s children. Ultimately, the answer lies in our broken and inefficient state tax system.

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. Building the Culture of an Empowered Mindset Towards Technology Innovation I have been having an incredible year of learning in my half-time role with Parkland School Division, along with speaking and consulting for other schools/districts. I have learned a lot from both positions and I feel that it is very valuable to be able to look at school cultures within your organization, while also looking at what other schools do from an outsider’s perspective. In this work, I have realized how truly important the role of principal is in building, not only in creating a positive culture, but an innovative one.

Duncan calls for NCLB repeal In his speech, Duncan called for Congress to improve access to high-quality preschool in the law. He also announced that President Obama will include an extra $2.7 billion in his budget proposal for schools, including $1 billion for schools that serve the most vulnerable children. Duncan also proposed new steps to reduce the burden of testing and test preparation on classroom time and to limit unnecessary testing in schools – without sacrificing annual statewide assessments that give educators and parents the information they need to help every child be successfu­­l.

Getting A Job Is Not The Purpose Of School The Purpose Of School by Terry Heick The idea of “work” is present in most modern educational discussion almost entirely under the terms “career readiness.” This itself is an interesting failure, as it implies that the purpose of schooling is to prepare a person for “a job.” And to many, this is head-slapping obvious, following the familiar pattern of going to school, getting a job, and paying the rent. The Correlation Between Music and Math: A Neurobiology Perspective Biology 2022002 First Paper On Serendip Cindy Zhan I remember the first time I heard the statement "Did you know that listening to classical music enhances your mathematical abilities?" I was both intrigued and excited, intrigued because I did not understand how music and math, two seemingly unrelated subject could possibly affect each other. I was also excited because I began to view classical music as some kind of magical potion that would transform my math skills from decent to extraordinary.

Report: Teachers Want More Time, Resources To Prepare for Common Core Standards & Assessment | News Report: Teachers Want More Time, Resources To Prepare for Common Core While more teachers today feel confident about their ability to teach Common Core State Standards, more than three-quarters of them reported they need more time to find teaching materials and develop lesson plans, according to a new survey of more than 20,000 teachers from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Scholastic.