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Teacher Magazine welcomes the opinions and comments of its readers. Letters should be 300 words or fewer and may be edited for clarity and length. All submissions should include an address and phone number. Send letters to tm@epe.org or to Teacher Magazine, 6935 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

A cognitive psychologist responds to Heather Wolpert-Gawron's recent article on learning styles, saying teachers and research scientists need to do a better job of trying to understand one another.
February 24, 2010 – Teacher (Web)
In response to “Game On” [Classroom Tech, March/April]: The military and other industries have used gaming to effectively teach higher-level thinking skills and decisionmaking for years. Games are ideal for engaging and teaching students if the games’ content is appropriate.
May 1, 2007 – Teacher
If school gets our students ready for the “real world,” why shouldn’t we bribe them? [“The Art of Bribery,” March/April]
May 1, 2007 – Teacher
Are performance bonuses fair? I don’t think so. [“Rethinking Merit Pay,” January/ February] They are based on students meeting the grade-level standard.
March 1, 2007 – Teacher
Kevin Bushweller is correct in his column about blogging [“Thou Shalt Blog,” November/December]. You cannot force these things on anyone and make them like it.
January 1, 2007 – Teacher
The idea that teacher-preparation programs should be judged by the achievement of students taught by the program’s graduates—which is endorsed by Arthur Levine [“Critical Thinking,” November/December]—has been getting increased attention.
January 1, 2007 – Teacher
I am writing in response to your article, [“Relative Control,” October] which is apparently intended to be a promotion of the book How to Handle Difficult Parents.
December 1, 2006 – Teacher
While I appreciate your mention of my book, Man Overboard: Confessions of a Novice Math Teacher in the Bronx, in Teacher, [Book Reviews, October] I take exception to the comment by the reviewer that I took a “cut-and-run” escape from the New York City public school system after my first year.
December 1, 2006 – Teacher
By perceptively underscoring the crucial role that culture plays in education, George Rogers calls into question America’s approach to improving its schools [“Asian Studies,” October].
December 1, 2006 – Teacher
I enjoyed reading Ronald Wolk’s Perspective piece on the No Child Left Behind Act [“99.9 Percent Bunk,” October], but like many (most?) such articles, it is long on criticism and almost devoid of suggestions or recommendations on what can be done with an educational system in crisis.
December 1, 2006 – Teacher
It’s really nice that the editors of Teacher Magazine are willing to talk to interested parties and subscribers [“The New Teacher Magazine” online chat, September 6]. Perhaps next time we could get a little more lead time? This opportunity came less than 12 hours after it was posted.
October 1, 2006 – Teacher
Your recognition that teacher-leaders are key to continuous improvement and reform in education [“Starting Over,” August/September 2006] made my day! Having worked with development of teacher-leaders since the early 1990s, I am amazed by the impact teachers can have in their own schools and districts when they truly begin to believe in themselves as leaders and gain knowledge and leadership competencies.
October 1, 2006 – Teacher
The choices given on your recent poll about what Internet tools teachers use for instruction [Web-only reader poll, August 23-30, 2006] left out important choices: Webquests, Internet scavenger hunts, research, etc. The only choices your poll gave were “Wikis,” “Blogs,” “Podcasts,” and “None.”
October 1, 2006 – Teacher
I agree with Ronald Wolk [“Flawed Fixes,” May/June] that standards and accountability—as well as the rhetoric surrounding these proposed “reforms”—will not do much to help our students. However, improving instruction and assessment are an integral part of strengthening student learning, and research backs this up. (Harvard’s Richard Elmore writes often about this topic.)
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March 15, 2006 – Teacher (Web)
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