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Mastering time management

By becoming more efficient, we can help ourselves, our current and future students, and future generations of teachers for whom we model the concept of teaching as a sustainable career rather than a draining, altruistic sprint.

Books

Tenure loss increases teacher churn

New research shows a connection between the loss of teacher tenure and a higher rate of teacher turnover.

Teacher's Choice supplies

Teachers spend more than $500 on supplies

Teachers reported that they spent an average of $530 of their own money last year on basic supplies for their classrooms, according to a new national survey from education publishing company Scholastic.

Skill-building through the arts

I am a special education teacher who teaches performing arts in a theater program for children on the autism spectrum. I incorporate skill-building in my arts instruction — but these activities could just as easily be integrated into the rest of the classroom day.

Digital assessment tools

There are ways to measure learning that take advantage of technology — and make our lives as teachers easier.

Classroom circle

Midyear student arrivals hurt classmates

Much research has described how academic achievement can suffer when a student changes schools mid-year, but new research in the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis finds that the arrival of new students in the middle of the school year also hampers the academic performance of their classmates.
Classroom circle

Creating a student-centered classroom

I have pushed my kids to work at stations so that they spend more time doing hands-on/minds-on work and less time listening to my voice.

Quiet wisdom

Even as student collaboration and group work are embraced in the modern classroom, some teachers are exploring the idea of redefining introversion as a source of strength.

Money

Spending more improves education

New research from the National Bureau of Economics confirms what teachers have always known: Money does make a difference for schools, and districts with large proportions of high-need students need comparatively more money than districts with fewer high-need students.

Show that it’s OK to take risks, make mistakes

Positioning myself as both a teacher and a learner creates a climate of respect and risk-taking, where my students and I can all feel free to take that extra leap and not be afraid to fall.