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    Arbor Day: April 25, 2008

    Arbor Day: April 25, 2008
    Nebraskans planted more than a million trees on April 10, 1872, in celebration of the first Arbor Day. The occasion fulfilled the dream of Julius Sterling Morton, a newspaper editor and former governor of the Nebraska Territory. Morton, an ardent proponent of forestation, lobbied for years for a holiday to encourage the planting of trees. In 1885, thirteen years after Arbor ...
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    Is Public Education Failing Black Male Students?

    Is Public Education Failing Black Male Students?
    A 50-state report from the Schott Foundation for Public Education has come to a dispiriting conclusion: public education is failing black male students. Nationwide, the graduation rate for this demographic of students is a paltry 47 percent. And in some major cities, it's perilously low—in New York City and Philadelphia, for example, only 28 percent of black males complete high school ...
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    Teaching Writers & Partners

    Teaching Writers & Partners
    Teaching has partnered with expert education professionals to bring you the best and most current information for a successful career in teaching. Read about our featured writers and partners, listed below in alphabetical order. Become a writer for Teaching. A-F G-L M-P R-T U-Z [page] h3. A + Resumes for Teachers "A+ Resumes for Teachers":http://resumes-for-teachers.com/index.htm offers effective, confidential, certified professional resume ...
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    Do You Have Spring Fever?

     Do You Have Spring Fever?
    It happens this time every year. No, I’m not talking about the exhausted crash and burn landing into spring break. I am talking about contract renewal time. That time of the year when teachers have to decide, “Do I really want to come back and do this again next year?” It’s easy to sign early in the years, especially before tenure ...
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    NCLB: Frequently Asked Questions About Accountability

    NCLB: Frequently Asked Questions About Accountability
    h4. 1. What is “adequate yearly progress”? How does measuring it help to improve schools? No Child Left Behind requires each state to define adequate yearly progress (AYP) for school districts and schools, within the parameters set by NCLB. In defining AYP, each state sets the minimum levels of improvement—measurable in terms of student performance—that school districts and schools must achieve ...
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    Do Teachers Have a 5 Year Itch to Quit?

    Do Teachers Have a 5 Year Itch to Quit?
    If you’re involved in education, you’ve probably heard that new teachers are leaving the field at an alarming rate each year. Marriages are said to have a seven-year itch, but do teachers get the urge to leave the classroom even sooner? It’s a question Teaching explored recently to see if we should be concerned at how many new teachers give up ...
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    How Teachers Can Beat the Winter Blues

    How Teachers Can Beat the Winter Blues
    You have probably heard it before. A colleague walks around, coffee cup in hand, and says something like, “Only ninety-three more school days to go.” Sometimes it is said in jest; other times, it is said with exasperation. I have laughed it off, ignored it, or maybe even made believe I did not hear it; unfortunately, this attitude is self-defeating and sets ...
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    5 Ways to Quit Taking it Personally

    5 Ways to Quit Taking it Personally
    Sometimes the biggest on-the-job hazard for teachers is not being able to let things go. We think about our students, school, our principal, our evaluations, and parent interactions all day. We want things to go perfectly, and when they don't, we're devastated and disappointed. Finding success at work and at home is finding ways to not take things so personally. Teaching ...
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    Thank You, Teacher

    Thank You, Teacher
    It's the time of year when we think about what we're thankful for. And while some words are spoken in thankfulness, a lot goes left unsaid. While I was watching an episode of Glee a few weeks ago, this quote reminded me of why I got into teaching. "All of us were scarred by high school. Next to our parents, nothing ...
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    Teaching's Book Giveaway

    Throughout the school year, members of Teaching have the opportunity to win free books! Talented education authors are helping Teaching make professional development and literature more accessible. You can enter to win each month! Some months will feature professional development literature, some humorous reading about being a teacher, and others will feature books you can use in your classroom with ...
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    Meditations on The School Year

    Meditations on The School Year
    When they looked back, teachers remembered moments of poignancy, joy, and struggle—and sometimes the fear of the unknown. But all seemed somehow transformed, even emboldened, by their first year teaching. What stands out is the teachers' untainted optimism, which is repeatedly put to the test and yet emerges intact. The other striking quality is how privileged these teachers feel in serving ...
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    Kids: In The End, What Else Is There?

    Kids: In The End, What Else Is There?
    Kids are and always will be what great teachers live for. Their smiles are an antidote to a bad day, and their progress is an unending source of satisfaction. Without exception, all teachers spoke effusively of their love for children and commitment to their learning progress. "I still can not get used to how much my heart soars with every student's ...
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    Are We Still Waiting for Superman?

    Are We Still Waiting for Superman?
    Back at the start of the fall, the ed reform community was all atwitter about the movie documentary, Waiting for Superman. Throughout the spring and summer, we had special previews of the movie for reform-minded audiences. The national release of the movie in September brought effusive articles in national publications on the movie, its message, and the impact it would have ...
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    The After-Effects of After-School

    The After-Effects of After-School
    Does learning only happen during school hours, behind school house doors? For years, the education community has debated the impact of after-school programs on student achievement. Today, Education Week's Debra Viadero has a story on a new research study showing dramatic achievement gains for those students who regularly attend and participate in "top-notch" after-school programs. The findings seem common sense to ...
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    Is There a Math Fairy?

    Is There a Math Fairy?
    Let's be honest with ourselves here for a moment, shall we? Sometimes it is hard to psych yourself up for a new class at the beginning of the year. Last year, it was definitely not love at first sight for me. I remember being all, "I'm so excited to start the year with you!! We are going to do so many ...
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    Coming Together for School Improvement

    Coming Together for School Improvement
    Over the last month or so, a great deal has been written (and far more has been spoken and gossiped) about the wars between "education camps" and who is going to take the lead in the Obama Administration. At Sunday's National Urban Alliance gathering, the crowd heard from NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, AASA Chief Dan Domenech, and Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford ...
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    Teaching Membership Benefits

    Teaching Membership Benefits
    We want you to get the best deals for what you need most to be a professional in the education field. That is why we are partnering with other well known companies and organizations to give you benefits. Check out the great advantages to Teaching membership below: h4. *Lesson Plans & Article Library* Unlike other sites, Teaching is proud to offer ...
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    Obama's Plan for Education: Will it Work?

    Obama's Plan for Education: Will it Work?
    Now that the Presidential election is over and our country will be under the direction of a new leader, are you wondering how it will effect your job as a teacher or the way children are educated? There are many issues to consider, as education is the foundation for the knowledge that forms how our economy runs. According to Barack Obama.com, ...
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    Write for Teaching!

    Teaching's community is about sharing and problem solving, and we want the best of you. Teaching members are diverse in their interests, experiences, and perspectives. Whether you teach second grade, high school science, are retired, or are exploring a career in education for the first time, you have a perspective to share. h4. There are two ways that members can contribute ...
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    9 Reasons to Quit Teaching and 10 Reasons to Stay

    9 Reasons to Quit Teaching and 10 Reasons to Stay
    Face it, you are not as good of a teacher as you could be. You’re not living up to your potential. Nobody is. There are many reasons to quit, here are 9: 1. Bad students 2. Bad administrators 3. Bad curriculum 4. Too much paperwork 5. Too much negativity 6. Too much responsibility 7. Not enough time 8. Not enough credit ...
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