Cover Story: Alfie Kohn
To inquire into what underlies the idea of self-discipline is to uncover serious misconceptions about motivation and personality, controversial assumptions about human nature, and disturbing implications regarding how things are arranged in a classroom or a society.
Teacher Study Groups: Taking the
"Risk" out of "At-Risk"
The alternative to flunking students is teaching them. That requires teachers’ reflecting on their beliefs, perceptions, biases, emotions, attitudes, and behaviors.
By Bill Page
Can Anyone Learn to Draw?
The "natural born artist" is a myth. Even the best of them needed the motivation and desire as well as the training and time.
By Tim Newlin
Finding Free Art Materials in Your Community
When money is tight in school systems, art is frequently the first subject that suffers budget cuts...
By Marilyn Brackney
The Downside of Good Test Scores
I was teaching the way I knew would get the students the highest grades on the test. Some of the most interesting and motivating parts of social studies were being ignored as I struggled to produce high-test scores...
By Alan Haskvitz
February 2009 Writing Prompts
February sees the birth of jeans, a national park, the Supreme Court, and in Japan they’re throwing beans. And then a cow flew a plane...
In The Middle School
In their desks, in the halls, they yell and talk of school, which has lasted forever in their lives, and will last forever, or so it seems....
Using Photography To Inspire Writing IV
The author of Write What You See: 99 Photographs To Inspire Writing shares his teaching techniques The fourth in a series of articles.
Teacher Performance Assessment
The quality of classroom processes is a function of how effectively a teacher guides his/her class, and the goal of teacher evaluation should be to improve classroom processes.
How To Help Victims Of Bullying: Advice For Parents & Educators
The US Justice Department says 80% of all students have been the victims of some form of Bullying. It’s time to start "Taking the Bully by the Horns."
Unwilling Student Meets Unwavering Teacher
I realized that if one teacher took the time to tell me that I had a future, maybe it was true.
Notes From The Jungle - International Educator in Our Time
In this excerpt, author John Price begins his candid and sometimes irreverent account of headmastering in a large school far from his native UK.
Lead the Class - Teachers as Leaders
I am writing for those of us in schools at which "self-starter" is not a phrase often applied to a student.
Teachers.Netters Share Favorite Recipes
Warm up with white chicken chili and old family recipes for cornbread, chocolate gravy, and two skillet meals, shared by T-Netters on the Teachers Chatboard. Bon Appétit!
Who Really Needs Four Years of Math and Science?
I posit that increasing these requirements will increase the drop-out rate. Further, we will witness the demise of vocational education programs and fewer students enrolling in fine arts classes.
IMHO - Educators
Memo to the New Secretary of Education and John Stossel: American students are NOT stupid.
Technology in the
Art teachers collaborate on a wish list for 21st century art instruction equipment.