March/April 2007

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Vol. 18, Issue 02

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Editor's Note
Are performance bonuses fair? I don’t think so.
Too often, it comes down to principles vs. principals.
In some states, "online education" seems like a contradiction.
Can a former educator teach Capitol Hill a thing or two?
An overview of the debate over NCLB reauthorization.
Union members weigh in on the five-year-old law's effects.
Using foreign films to teach across the curriculum.
Why global-warming lessons are best left to students.
A number of guides to teaching students about global warming can be found on the Internet.
Tools of the Trade
  • Pennies Saved
  • For her students' sake, this teacher will lie, cheat, and steal.
    Animals aren't just part of Millbrook School's campus. They're part of its curriculum.
    Annie Lindsay, 76, is scared to retire. If she does, Birmingham, Alabama's, last public dance school class may disappear.
    At Villages High School in Florida, getting ready for class is largely about getting ready for work.
    The state of bilingual education depends on where you teach.
    Students need 21st-century skills to succeed in our rapidly transforming society. They must also perform well on high-stakes tests. How can teachers meet both agendas?
    Engaging and exciting 6th grade science students through project-based learning is my best hope of tying the tested “indicators of learning” into something that makes information memorable and meaningful in their lives.
    I’m a firm believer in backward curriculum planning. Starting with the learning goal firmly in mind, I invent, find, or modify an engaging strategy to teach it.
    An award-winning teacher answers readers' questions about curricular issues.
    Marietta McCarty hopes to fan the love of wisdom not only in adult readers, but also in kids.
    David Williamson Shaffer begins his book with a series of dire warnings: “The news is chilling. ... The statistics are alarming. ... [W]e are facing a national crisis.”
    David Elkind, professor of child development at Tufts University and author of The Hurried Child, laments in his latest book the disappearance of spontaneous, self-initiated play from kids’ lives.
    Are video games finally ready to get serious?
    Adventures abroad are not just available—you can get paid for them.
    Controlling class chaos can be a major job. And a great one.
    What good is the core curriculum if students can't read?
    There's math in that machine.