A high school teacher writes: "Before we discuss extending school days and years, I would rather examine how to better use the time we have. I have seen far too many teachers and schools make the mistake of saying, 'we need to do more,' when in reality they need to do less better."
A social studies and English teacher in Brooklyn had an early look at a $5 billion federal grant program called Project Respect, whose goal will be, as Education Secretary Arne Duncan put it, "to make teaching not only America's most important profession, but also America's most respected profession." But, the teacher writes, while the goal is good, some of the assumptions are wrong -- especially those having to do with assessing good teaching and effective leaders.
Many social studies teachers learning how to put the Common Core curriculum standards into their teaching welcome the chance to help students learn how to think critically and analyze, but they worry how this will affect their ability to prep students for the Regents.
A teacher who taught at the Bronx Lab School, a jewel in former Chancellor Joel I. Klein's small school movement, says his views on what works and what does not have changed over the years. Now, he says, he strives for good and sustainable, rather than great and unique.
The Board of Regents recently decided to ban teachers from scoring their own students’ state exams. To any outsider, this seems like a simple decision. However, it is actually a reactionary decision that will hurt a large number of students, one teacher says.