January/February 2007

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Vol. 18, Issue 04

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  • You Snooze, Kids Lose
  • 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.
    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.
    Why more American students are learning Chinese.
    For good or ill, merit pay is gaining ground nationwide.
    What comedian and actor Bill Cosby thinks of teachers.
    • Mind the Gap
      • Falling Down
      • A debate on the benefits of single-sex education.
        Efforts to balance academics with yoga and old-fashioned play.
        Tools of the Trade
        How to turn those holiday gift cards into cold, hard cash.
        Professional development—the good, the bad, and the ugly.
        • Me Tube
        • Traditional professional development has its place, but some of the best teachers learn better by doing.
          From watching 'Iron Science Teacher,' you'd think classroom experiments were a spectator sport. And you'd be right.
          To find out where your students are coming from, it helps to know the history of immigration.
          Online vs. face-to-face professional development—which works best?
          Teacher research can give educators ownership of their professional growth.
          How would professional development look if it were custom-tailored?
          Are we naïve if we imagine schools can build professional learning communities with teacher-directed professional development?
          An education field coach answers new teachers' questions on professional development issues.
          Despite its smokin’ hot title, this book by award-winning teacher Rafe Esquith makes for cold, soggy reading.
          In The Storm: Students of Biloxi, Mississippi, Remember Hurricane Katrina, children's author Barbara Barbieri McGrath has collected writings, drawings, and paintings by Biloxi public school students who endured Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.
          Susan Eaton meticulously follows the ups and downs of an 18-year-long, still-running legal battle, Sheff v. O’Neill, launched by a team of civil rights lawyers who hoped to end de facto racial segregation in Connecticut schools.
          You've heard of Murphy's Law. How about Murphy's Lab?
          How to write that novel you've always wanted to write—in 30 days.
          Parents who don't get involved aren't always apathetic.
          Personalized, not standardized, assessments are the way to go.
          A PE teacher makes use of Alaska's snowy, subzero climate.