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Perfection Check Needed in Middle Years

Sarah Anderson - October 31, 2011

For the past two years, I have taught in classrooms where the boys outnumbered the girls by a ratio of 3-to-1.

Student Context Helps Resolve Conflict

Gwendolyn Eden - October 28, 2011

The food justice unit was one of the most successful of the year. Until the meltdown.

Students had watched Food, Inc., read several articles about food production and created masterful multimedia presentations on their learning. They were now presenting. Omar chose several pictures of his favorite dishes. He told us about them and how they were made. Then he interjected a seemingly innocent joke.

Tour Brings American History To Life

Kim Blevins - October 27, 2011

Through a grant from Teaching American History, I was part of a group of teachers who spent months reading, listening and watching films and videos about the civil rights movement before we took a trip to the South.

But still it was history—far away, untouchable and remote. That was until the first day in Sumner, Miss.

Not Only Can Big Boys Cry, They Do

Jill E. Thomas - October 26, 2011

I decided to show a short You Tube video clip in class the other day. It’s a montage of scenes of men crying from various movies complete with cheesy background music, a song Don’t Cry Out Loud. I used it to open a discussion about how stereotypes put unnecessary limitations on people.

Pets Make Great Teachers of Compassion

Sara Schmidt - October 25, 2011

Children can learn a thing or two from pets.

They learn responsibility through feeding and caring for their furry friends. They learn about loss when their pets die and they partake in their first funeral rites.

Students Need Skills to Say No to Fist Fights

Carrie Craven - October 24, 2011

We must teach conflict resolution, empathy and individual responsibility to students as deliberately as we teach math and science. Schools will not get better until we do.

Mixing It Up at the Bus Stop: A Model

Sarah Sansbury - October 21, 2011

I love my neighborhood. On any given morning at the bus stop, I hear five different languages being spoken. While the words and sounds are different, the context is the same.

Respect for Faith Community Includes Staff

Laura Sofen - October 21, 2011

I am a bad Jew.

My knowledge of my heritage is anecdotal. My practice of my culture is reduced to lighting the menorah at Hanukkah. While I have great respect and appreciation for any person who contributes vitally to our society, I don’t have any special respect or appreciation for someone just because of his Jewishness. So I had a lot of nerve getting my hackles up because Back to School Night was held on Rosh Hashana.

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