Mirror, mirror... reflections on MetLife Survey of the American Teacher

MetLife celebrates the 25th anniversary of its annual survey of American education with a compilation and comparative analysis of what about us has…


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Teaching then and now

To celebrate the 25th anniversary publication of its widely followed annual teacher poll, the MetLife Foundation compared responses from its most…


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Learning from the Met: Teachers as digital learners

Every year, MetLife churns out an impressive report titled Survey of the American Teacher.  Based on one-to-one interviews with 1,000 classroom…


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Building with straw

Wikipedia has a succinct definition of "straw man" -- A straw man argument is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent's…


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TWIT: They always wonder

It's been a few months since I spent any time reminding myself why I teach.  I guess that shouldn't be a surprise.  I am, after all, a "glass is not…


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"World class public education?"

It seems like schools are constantly buried under reminders that we're in a competition with developing nations like China and India to produce…


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Advice for the melancholy

Veteran teacher Susan Graham blogs under the “TLN brand” at the Teacher Magazine website, where the editors rarely promote their on-board authors in…


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Cheap professional development costly to students

In a great blog post, Scott Elias at EdWeek's Leader Talk, asks why we can't be more logical and pragmatic when it comes to professional development…


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Stimulating teacher dialogue

In a six-part blog series at Public School Insights, two teacher leaders are offering their insider perspectives on the Recession of 2008-09 and its…


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Creativity is dead, Ken. . .

Last February, I stumbled across a TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson titled Do Schools Kill Creativity that left me completely energized.  In it, Robinson…


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