Teacher Magazine: A Look Back at This Year in Stories
The May/June 2003 issue of Teacher Magazine was the final issue of the 2002-2003 publishing schedule. The August/September 2003 issue will inaugurate Teacher Magazine's 2003-2004 publishing cycle.
Catch up with stories you may have missed or re-read those you particlularly enjoyed in this retrospective of Teacher Magazine stories from 2002-2003.
August/September 2002—Swing Time
- It Don't Mean a
Thing If It
Ain't Got That Swing
Sure, jazz smokes with improvised riffs and danceable rhythms, says Wynton Marsalis. But as his new curriculum and an annual competition show, it's also jampacked with lessons on patience, respect, and democracy.
- A More Perfect
After three tries, Deborah Lynch won the presidency of the Chicago Teachers' Union. But her battle has just begun.
October 2002—Tower of Power
- District Wide
Back when the technological revolution was still in its infancy, Darryl La Gace suggested that his blue-collar school district build a microwave transmission tower, then fill its schools with computers. The gamble has paid off.
Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation has given schools a set of powerful lessons on the Holocaust.
November/December 2002—Bridging the Gap
- A Test of
Getting into New York City's top science high schools demands great scores on the entrance exam. And if you're a disadvantaged kid, the surest route to success is the Math/Science Institute.
- Once More, With
Frustrated, writer David Ruenzel quit the classroom more than a decade ago. Then last year, he returned to teaching and discovered
a simple truth: relationships are at the heart of education.
January 2003—Professional Development Issue
- Brave New
An educational group in New Mexico shows teachers how to dissect media information—and the consumer culture that kids inhabit.
- Under African
Exotic spices, electric smiles, and a rough boat ride were among the highlights at a recent international writing conference in Tanzania. And oh, yes, participants also did some inspiring work.
February 2003—Technology Issue
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Handling bigger caseloads than ever in an era of standardization and assessment, school guidance counselors are desperate for useful data. Bob Turba knows where to get it and how to use it.
As more schools assign video-based lessons, camcorders are replacing pen and paper—and, often, traditional research projects.
March/April 2003—Shakespearean Remix
- As They Like
At a Mississippi boarding school, one teacher gives Shakespere's Hamlet a streetwise makeover in order to get his students to buy into the old tale of a slain king and his sorrow-crazed son.
Arab American writer Naomi Shihab Nye has long traveled the country sparking kids' imaginations. Now, she also promotes peace.
May 2003—A Different World
- Reversal of
After the dot-com crash, Silicon Valley survivors find refuge in classrooms. But can they handle it?
- My Big Fat Greek
(and other school assignments that taught me the meaning of life)
A box of old schoolwork unearths a lifetime of lessons learned for Teacher Magazine managing editor Samantha Stainburn.