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Vol 14 No 4
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If Teachers Can’t Connect to Themselves, They Won’t Connect With Students!

By Howard Seeman, Ph.D. • Dec 1st, 2011
Yes, we are losing the “magic” in today’s classrooms.


If Teachers Cannot Connect to Themselves, They Will Not Connect With Students!

By Howard Seeman, Ph.D. • Nov 1st, 2011
Yes, we are losing the “magic” in today’s classrooms, as pointed out by Chuck Brickman in his Teachers.Net article Are We Losing the Magic in Today’s Classrooms? “The magic in the classroom wasn’t the curriculum, or the manipulatives, or the computer and slide shows, it was the teacher and how that teacher made what we were learning come to life, to mean something to us, to connect with us….Yet due to the No Child Left Behind Act [now: Race to the Top] focusing on reading and math, mandated testing and accountability factors have led to narrowing of the curriculum…take[s] the human factor out of instructional development and teaching.”


The Side Effects of Standardized Testing

By Howard Seeman, Ph.D. • Jun 1st, 2011
Standardized tests are not a valid measure of a good education. Instead, they usually just predict future school success, which is a tautological begging of the question about “a good education”. And besides: standardized testing has many “side effects” harmful to our children, teachers, administrators, schools, and our whole society. Let me explain.


What’s Wrong with Teacher Education in this Country

By Howard Seeman, Ph.D. • Aug 1st, 2010
A 2006 report by former Columbia Teachers College President Arthur Levine says 61 percent of educators believe they were inadequately prepared for the classroom...that most of the nation's 1,450 teachers colleges are doing a mediocre job, at best, of preparing future teachers. But, specifically, what is wrong with teacher education in the United States?


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