October 2006

Teacher, Vol. 18, Issue 02
Curriculum Out of Africa
Sam Dyson's students forge linguistic connections to a distant land.
Kristina Gawrgy, September 29, 2006
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Education Letter to the Editor Poll-Axed
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.”
September 29, 2006
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Education Letter to the Editor Lead On
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.
September 29, 2006
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Education Letter to the Editor Time to Chat
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.
September 29, 2006
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Education Readers Poll
Results from our recent online polls on education technology issues.
September 29, 2006
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Federal Opinion 99.9 Percent Bunk
No, Madame Secretary, NCLB is not close to perfect.
Ronald A. Wolk, September 29, 2006
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Math educator Tiffany Judkins says the $400 monthly rent stipend New York City administrators offered convinced her to teach there.
Math educator Tiffany Judkins says the $400 monthly rent stipend New York City administrators offered convinced her to teach there.
Emile Wamsteker
Recruitment & Retention Home Is Where the Money Is
How some districts are helping their employees afford housing.
Vaishali Honawar, September 29, 2006
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Tapped In aims to put teachers in charge of professional development.
Veer
Classroom Technology Painless Professional Development
For great professional development, tap your colleagues.
Laura Donnelly, September 29, 2006
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Student Well-Being A Shore Thing
How a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter became a mentor-blogger.
Patrick J. McCloskey, September 29, 2006
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BRIC ARCHIVE
Jim Nuttle
International Opinion Asian Studies
In Japan, an American educator learns the meaning of responsibility.
George Rogers, September 29, 2006
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David Kidd
David Kidd
Infrastructure Opinion What We’re Here For
Why searching the Web demands an educational guide.
Doug Noon, September 29, 2006
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Education Opinion Building Engaged Schools
In this book, Gary Gordon, vice president and practice leader of The Gallup Organization’s education division, attempts to explain why schools haven't improved despite reform efforts.
September 29, 2006
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Education Opinion Making Art Together
Students don’t have to paint like Da Vinci to make worthwhile art, and teachers who have never picked up a paintbrush can still use collaborative art projects to enrich their teaching and the world at large.
September 29, 2006
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Education Opinion Man Overboard
When Ric Klass closed his private equity firm in affluent Greenwich, Connecticut, to become a math teacher at an unnamed New York City school he refers to as Central Bronx High, he wanted to live the whole movie—the one in which an idealistic teacher triumphs over the odds to transform the dead-end lives of inner city kids.
September 29, 2006
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Ed-Tech Policy Kindergarten 2.0
The hotbed of technological invention that is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab is also proving to be a fertile incubator of educator imagination.
Sevans, September 29, 2006
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Education Ask the Mentor Dan McDowell on Technology
An award-winning edu-tech expert answers reader questions.
September 29, 2006
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Reading & Literacy Opinion Computer-Assisted Classes—High School
A jigsaw puzzle of strategies has contributed to improved student performance at our school, with technology being one of the largest factors.
Vanetta Chapman, September 29, 2006
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Infrastructure Opinion Computer-Assisted Classes—Middle Grades
A list of the 10 best ways to use the Internet.
Folwell Dunbar, September 29, 2006
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Reading & Literacy Opinion Computer-Assisted Classes—Elementary
"As we learn, we grow.” Someone wise once told me that, and it’s the best way to describe our Ebooking project at Lopez Elementary.
Jonathan W. Gerlach, September 29, 2006
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Philadelphia teacher Mary Rooney Thorp uses a database program to analyze her 8th graders' test scores for trouble spots, then finds online resources and adjusts her instruction accordingly.
Philadelphia teacher Mary Rooney Thorp uses a database program to analyze her 8th graders' test scores for trouble spots, then finds online resources and adjusts her instruction accordingly.
Mike Mergen
Assessment Data Wise
Useful data at teachers' fingertips and the states of tech training.
Vaishali Honawar, September 29, 2006
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Paul Edelman is using the Internet to bring educators' battle-tested classroom materials to other teachers willing to pay for them.
Paul Edelman is using the Internet to bring educators' battle-tested classroom materials to other teachers willing to pay for them.
Emile Wamsteker
Curriculum A Lesson Earned
Former teacher and global wanderer Paul Edelman never found the path to professional happiness. So he created his own: a Web site for educators to buy and sell their course materials online.
Aaron Dalton, September 29, 2006
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Education Tech for America
If there were any lingering doubts that the Information Age is upon us, a quick look through the pages of this Technology Issue will crunch them into silicon dust.
September 29, 2006
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The first blog that Richardson created for his high-schoolers in 2002 freed his class from conventional notions of collaboration and data-gathering. Today, he says, “I graze on information and knowledge as I need it—and I know where to find it online.”
The first blog that Richardson created for his high-schoolers in 2002 freed his class from conventional notions of collaboration and data-gathering. Today, he says, “I graze on information and knowledge as I need it—and I know where to find it online.”
Josh Reynolds
Infrastructure The Blogvangelist
Will Richardson, a high school English teacher turned edu-tech consultant, wants to share the good news about blogs, wikis, and podcasts. They could, he believes, change your life.
Patrick J. McCloskey, September 29, 2006
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BRIC ARCHIVE
Matt Collins
Infrastructure Do-It-Yourself Web
Communicating, planning, and organizing via the Web.
April Seipp, September 29, 2006
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Special Education Enlightened Play
A board game seeks to stoke student empathy for people with disabilities.
September 29, 2006
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A student "Playing Attention"
Unique Logic + Technology
Special Education Mind Games
A new video game aims to help kids concentrate better.
Hollice Fisher, September 29, 2006
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Classroom Technology School.edu
Readers explain how they use technology in their classrooms.
September 29, 2006
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Teaching Carrot or Stick?
There's more than one way to keep kids focused.
September 29, 2006
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Education Free Books
Searching for an economical way to share a classic text with your class?
Hollice Fisher, September 29, 2006
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