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If Teachers Were Treated Like Professional Athletes…

When I first saw this skit I couldn’t stop laughing.  They were tears of sadness as much as they were…

Technolo-gee-what-the-heck-is-that?

Whenever we talk about technology in education, there seems to be an air of mystique and inevitability that emerges.  I…

What Busta, Jay-Z, and Biggie Rapping in the Cafeteria Teaches us about Education

In case there was ever a doubt as to just how much learning happens beyond classroom time, listen to this…

Remember that Teacher Shortage Crisis? It’s Not What You Think

It’s not that there is a shortage of teachers, actually.  The problem is that teachers leave the profession in droves…

Maurice Sendak’s Thoughts on Childhood Might Make You a Better Teacher and Parent

The author of Where the Wild Things Are talks about childhood–it’s real, raw, and truer than I’ve ever admitted.  As…

Improve Literacy Skills by Focusing on Speaking

I love this speaker series by AERA that features mini-lectures by education researchers.  In this video, Dr. Young-Suk Kim makes…

Cake is the Secret to Math? Yes.

When you combine a professor of pure mathematics with dessert recipes, you get Dr. Eugenia Cheng’s fantastic crusade to make…

Coltrane on Practice, Expression, and Being a Force for Good

In this interview with jazz legend John Coltrane, we gain brief insight into his practicing habits and how he views…

Masterful Pre-K Teacher, Just Beautiful

Central Park East 1 has been the subject of many studies over the years for its culture of creativity and…

Failing Systems, Complex Fix

Love this brief talk by Dr. Kara S. Finnigan at University of Rochester.  She talks about the pitfall of trying to…

Tim Gunn, Master Teacher? Yup.

I occasionally watch clips from Project Runway.  Not whole episodes, but clips.  I think one of the things I’m drawn…

Political Spin and Policy Research

Professor Jeffrey R. Henig of Teachers College, Columbia University delivers this brief talk about how research plays into political ideology.  His…

See the Golden Days of Teacher Preparation

Did you know that all struggling teachers have to do is spend less time reading and more time socializing?  According…

Developing Youth Literacies, Loving the Disciplines

The great literacy researcher Elizabeth Birr Moje of University of Michigan delivers this TED-style talk at an educational research conference.…

Chuck Berry’s “School Days”…. Just Because

The great Chuck Berry performed his classic song on television in 1958.  To assist in your inevitable urge to karaoke,…

Disney Made an Anti-Nazi Educational Film, Really

Gone are the days where Disney meant theme parks and anthropomorphic characters retelling story tales.  (Those days were gone a…
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