November/December 2006

This Issue
Vol. 18, Issue 03

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  • Alternate Reality
  • What happens when teaching colleagues assess each other?
    Weaving physical education into the daily routine.
    Arthur Levine explains his stinging critique of teacher education.
    A look at the green-school phenomenon.
    Results from our recent online polls on homework and private, parochial, and charter schools.
  • Another World
    • Leveling the Field
    • Housse Rules
    • Tools of the Trade
      • Requests Granted
      • Students who enroll at New Haven, Connecticut's Sound School can't be afraid of the water.
        How you refer to North Star in Hadley, Massachusetts, depends on how you define learning.
        In Florida's Miami-Dade County, education isn't just for children.
        Are Montessori schools better than their conventional counterpars?
        The practice of “looping,” in which a teacher moves up to the next grade level with the same group of students, encourages a productive working relationship and spirit of cooperation between you and your young charges.
        The practical application of interdisciplinary, project-based learning theories can make both learning and teaching exciting, challenging, and, most important, fun.
        “Family homework” is an attempt to explore such topics thoughtfully while involving families in the content and moral reasoning involved.
        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.
        While I appreciate your mention of my book, Man Overboard: Confessions of a Novice Math Teacher in the Bronx, in Teacher...
        By perceptively underscoring the crucial role that culture plays in education, George Rogers calls into question America’s approach to improving its schools.
        Life in the classroom from a "free" school perspective.
        Alfie Kohn, author of such standbys of progressive educational literature as Punished by Rewards and The Schools Our Children Deserve, aims in his latest book to expose the injustice and general worthlessness of homework. He is part of a growing trend.
        Eighty-one years after the Scopes “monkey trial,” the religious right is still trying to control the public school science curriculum.
        You don’t need much imagination to see this book as a movie. It has all the ingredients to warm the hearts of an audience. Picture Stand and Deliver meets Hoosiers.
        If you're going to blog, make sure you have something to say.
        How one school's "junk" became a former teacher's Internet business.
        A summertime trip to Botswana becomes a living lesson for one New Jersey educator.
        I enjoyed reading Ronald Wolk’s Perspective piece on the No Child Left Behind Act.
        Unhappy with Detroit's schools, parents consider the alternatives.
        Channeling the Dalia Lama and other Peace Prizeniks in Colorado.