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Testing can be an incredibly useful tool, says teacher Wendi Pillars. She shares three ways teachers and students can embrace testing to improve learning.
May 12, 2015 - Teacher
A Hechinger Report examination found that, despite the controversy, few students or teachers will be much affected by the result of this spring’s common-core-aligned tests.
May 6, 2015 - Education Week
The current approach to standardized testing creates unnecessary work for everyone, writes teacher John Troutman McCrann. He says it's time for a more efficient approach to collecting data.
May 6, 2015 - Teacher
May 5, 2015 - Education Week
It’s easy for the K-12 profession to get caught up in jargon that sounds important but says little, writes Levi Folly.
May 5, 2015 - Education Week
For teachers who want to lead their students, their colleagues, and their profession, the Stone Soup folk tale provides an excellent example of effective and collaborative leadership, writes Deidra Gammill.
May 5, 2015 - Teacher
Even teachers actively trying to influence policy can be reluctant to call themselves political. Some aren't sure teaching and politics can even coexist.
May 1, 2015 - Teacher
Responding to protests and rioting in Baltimore, Gary Hamilton says that teachers need to give students a space to discuss racism and process their emotions.
April 29, 2015 - Teacher
Spring cleaning isn't just for the classroom, writes Sandy Merz. He says spring is a great time to get everything organized, from your shelves and files to your thoughts and feelings.
April 28, 2015 - Teacher
It's not enough to ask why the teaching profession isn't more diverse, says Christina Berchini. She argues that first, we have to recognize that the education system was created by and for white students and teachers.
April 28, 2015 - Teacher

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