Harry Wong
Oct 2017
Vol 14 No 3

Cover Story

National Treasure: What Critics Need to Know About Teachers
By Sarah Powley

It's fashionable right now to blast educators, to focus on data-specific measures of effectiveness, and to prescribe corporate take-overs for failing schools. The critics say "failing schools,"but that's code for failing teachers. The critics ought to come with me when I am in a school in my role as an instructional coach.

When I enter my colleagues' classrooms, I am quickly swept up by the lesson - enthralled by the teacher, captivated by the content, and excited to be on the other side of the desk, learning.

In the past month, here are some of the places these fabulous teachers have taken me....

From the Teachers.Net Community

Ballpark Figures and Standards-Based Education

By Todd R. Nelson

This may sound like a baseball story, but it’s really about standards-based education.

Validating Writers to Motivate Them

By Cheryl Sigmon

If there is one overriding issue that causes students to be reluctant writers, I would say that it boils down to validation – or, even more importantly, the lack of …

The Power of Photos and Poems to Inspire Writing – Part 6

By Hank Kellner

According to …

Partner Book Talk Procedures – Kindergarten Precursor to Literature Circles

By Teachers.Net Community

Kindergartners can benefit from an adaptation of the Literature Circles technique. Sandy Hamilton shows you how.

Spelling Lessons and Activities!

By Teachers.Net Resources

Do you know about the Teachers.Net Spelling Chatboard – where teachers share their questions and activities related to Spelling instruction?  Share the link with all your teaching colleagues! …

Using Clustering to Organize Writing

By Susan Fitzell

I have spent years watching students attempt to start a written assignment with an introductory sentence and observing the frustration they experienced because they could not generate that first important …

Featured Art Activity: Picasso Faces

By Teachers.Net News Desk

By Barb Gilman


Project: Portraits using abstract art in the style of Picasso’s painting, The Girl

Tweets for Teachers

By Teachers.Net News Desk

TWITTERAll month we’ll be adding interesting Tweets posted by teachers for teachers on Twitter. Tweets will contain wisdom, tips, apps …

Tech Tools: Image Editor and SoundCloudNav

By Teachers.Net News Desk

This image editor is one of the better ones available, and it is designed to be used by everyone from amateur shutterbugs to seasoned professionals. This editor supports eleven image …

Stellarium – See the Universe!

By Teachers.Net News Desk

While looking up at the night the sky, humans throughout the millennia have asked that age-old question: “What’s out there?” Stellarium provides entry into the world beyond Earth by offering …

Apple Seeds – Quotes for Educators

By Barb Stutesman

If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings. ~ Welsh proverb; Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it …

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