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Teaching Profession Opinion Are You a Tough Teacher? Research Shows You May Be More Effective
Students may give higher ratings to teachers who give out good grades, but that doesn't mean they're learning more.
Angela Duckworth, December 2, 2020
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Recruitment & Retention The Scramble to Find Substitute Teachers
Some districts are paying bonuses, some are lowering qualifications, and one is assigning central office staff to substitute at least one day per week.
Elizabeth Heubeck, October 26, 2020
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School & District Management Yes, Teachers Are Still Being Evaluated. Many Say It's Unfair
Teachers are navigating new technologies, adjusting to different ways of teaching, and trying to reach students who lack internet access and stability at home.
Madeline Will, October 15, 2020
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Kindergarten teacher Marisa Martinez holds her daughter Estrella, 1, while her other daughter, Xavia, 11, records her instructing a class to be posted online from their home in San Mateo County, Calif. Also pictured is their pet pig Rebecca.
Kindergarten teacher Marisa Martinez holds her daughter Estrella, 1, while her other daughter, Xavia, 11, records her instructing a class to be posted online from their home in San Mateo County, Calif. Also pictured is their pet pig Rebecca.
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Teaching Profession 'Beyond Tired and Stressed': Teachers With Kids Strained By Lack of Child Care
Some districts that are all-virtual are allowing—or requiring—teachers to work from their empty classrooms and bring their kids.
Madeline Will, August 31, 2020
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As schools across the country reopen, the White House has given the green light for teachers to be considered essential workers and exempt from quarantine requirements.
As schools across the country reopen, the White House has given the green light for teachers to be considered essential workers and exempt from quarantine requirements.
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School & District Management Deemed 'Essential Workers,' Some Teachers Told to Skip Quarantine After COVID-19 Exposure
In a move backed by the White House, some districts are telling teachers to come to class after they’ve been exposed to the virus, which experts say could propagate an outbreak.
Madeline Will, August 21, 2020
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School & District Management Low Pay and High Risk: Being a Substitute Teacher During COVID-19
Many substitutes are weighing the costs of going back to schools, where they’ll be exposed to lots of people, under inconsistent safety protocols, and for little pay and potentially no health benefits.
Madeline Will, August 10, 2020
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Teacher Preparation Don't Rush to 'Diagnose' Learning Loss With a Formal Test. Do This Instead
Beware these danger zones when trying to determine what students know and need to learn this fall, experts say.
Catherine Gewertz, August 5, 2020
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Story Collins, 9, and her mother Heather Correia show their support for teachers in Jacksonville, Fla., where the rate of COVID-19 infections has been on the rise.
Story Collins, 9, and her mother Heather Correia show their support for teachers in Jacksonville, Fla., where the rate of COVID-19 infections has been on the rise.
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School & District Management Worried Teachers Want to Know: What Happens If I Get Sick?
In many places, teachers are preparing to head back into classrooms without any guarantee that they will stay healthy. Some are leaving their jobs rather than take the risk.
Madeline Will, July 28, 2020
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Assessment 5 Tips for Remote Learning PD Success
Training teachers, principals, and district administrators on how to improve remote instruction will take a big commitment to mastering the learning management system and honing video teaching skills.
David Rauf, July 22, 2020
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Teaching Profession Round-the-Clock Communication Is Exhausting Teachers
Many teachers say they’ve been getting messages 24/7 during school closures, and that they feel pressure to be “always on” for students and parents.
Sarah Schwartz, July 21, 2020
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Teaching Profession Tips for Balancing Work and Life While Teaching Remotely
Even in the most normal of school years, teachers’ work-life balance can be tenuous. Many say it’s gotten worse since remote teaching began.
Madeline Will, July 21, 2020
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Teaching Profession Mindfulness for Teachers: A Program With Proof
A mindfulness-based intervention for teachers is one of the only such programs with a scientific foundation, showing positive effects not just on teachers’ states of mind, but on their interactions with students in the classroom.
Catherine Gewertz, July 21, 2020
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Teaching Profession Opinion Forget Self-Care for Teachers. We Are Fighting for Our Lives
For many teachers facing the imminent return to school, the customary combination of nerves and excitement has been replaced by mortal terror, writes Justin Minkel.
Justin Minkel , July 21, 2020
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Teaching Profession Q&A: Advice for Anxious Teachers
Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, spoke with Education Week about how teachers can take care of themselves and manage their stress during this uncertain time.
Catherine Gewertz, July 21, 2020
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