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Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0500

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Senseless School Violence

Fri, 15 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0500

The deadly shooting at Northern Illinois University marks the fifth such incident this week at a school. How safe do you feel?

Ranking the Schools

Wed, 12 Dec 2007 00:00:00 -0500

In a recent article, high school English teacher Mary Tedrow argues that magazine rankings of the "best high schools" in America only serve to reinforce the worst aspects of our educational culture. According to Tedrow, such rankings simplify the definition...

Reading Lessons

Wed, 05 Dec 2007 00:00:00 -0500

Have students' reading skill and their interest in reading declined? If so, why? How can teachers best address the issue?

Ousting Ineffective Teachers

Tue, 20 Nov 2007 00:00:00 -0500

How big a problem are ineffective teachers in schools? How can school systems decrease the numbers of such educators? What do you think of New York's planned approach?

The Facebook Dilemma

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 00:00:00 -0500

Can creating a presence on social networking services like Facebook help teachers forge more constructive relationships with students? Is it wise for teachers to become online "friends" with students? What limits should be set?

Whom Do You Trust?

Wed, 07 Nov 2007 00:00:00 -0500

How would you feel about "In God We Trust" hanging in your classroom? Do the words raise First Amendment or cultural-sensitivity issues? How would you frame a discussion with your class about the motto?

Professional Development

Tue, 30 Oct 2007 00:00:00 -0500

What's your opinion of professional development opportunities for teachers? What could schools do to make professional development better?

Teachers and Sexual Misconduct

Wed, 24 Oct 2007 00:00:00 -0500

How can sexual misconduct by teachers be prevented? What can school systems do to keep abusive teachers out of the classroom? What can teachers as a profession do?

Gender Blender

Wed, 24 Oct 2007 00:00:00 -0500

Do blurred gender lines among your students disturb your classroom equilibrium? Should gender differences among students be encouraged or discouraged?

The Fall of English?

Wed, 17 Oct 2007 00:00:00 -0500

Have students' verbal skills declined? Or are they just different? What's contributing to the change? How should English be taught to today's students?

Freedom of Speech

Thu, 11 Oct 2007 00:00:00 -0500

Should teachers have the right to express their opinions in classroom discussions?

Full Course Load

Wed, 03 Oct 2007 00:00:00 -0500

According to a recent AP story, Utah is considering dividing the school year into trimesters to alleviate the teacher shortage. Teachers would have to work year-round, but stand to gain as much as a 60 percent hike in salary. Students,...

The Future of NCLB

Wed, 26 Sep 2007 00:00:00 -0500

How do you think the NCLB act should be changed? What specific proposals would you offer? How well is the law working and what improvements could be made to help schools and teachers?

Required Reading?

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 00:00:00 -0500

Which do you think is a more effective method of teaching—requiring certain texts for all students or letting students choose their own books?

Giving Students a Say

Wed, 12 Sep 2007 00:00:00 -0500

Should students have a say in the classroom routine?