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Willingham, Daniel T. – American Educator, 2019
There's no doubt that research bearing directly on classroom practice is crucial. In this article Daniel Willingham maintains that it's useful for educators also to know the basic science around children's cognition, emotion, and motivation, because beliefs about what children are like inevitably influence teaching practice. The purpose of…
Descriptors: Cognitive Science, Learning Processes, Children, Educational Practices
Barton, Craig – American Educator, 2018
In this article, the author asserts that asking and responding to diagnostic questions is the single most important part of teaching secondary school mathematics. He notes the importance of formative assessment and recommends a formative assessment strategy that requires students to be public about their answers to questions, displaying their…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
Weingarten, Randi; Snyder, Timothy; Allen, Danielle – American Educator, 2018
On January 10, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Albert Shanker Institute cosponsored a panel moderated by AFT President Randi Weingarten on the role that American education should play in responding to the threats confronting our democracy. Two leading public intellectuals, Timothy Snyder, the Richard C. Levin Professor of History…
Descriptors: Civics, Democracy, Democratic Values, Role of Education
Goldstein, Dana – American Educator, 2015
This article is excerpted from Marshall Project staff writer and author, Dana Goldstein's 2014 book, "The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession." It begins by describing Goldstein's experience traveling as an education reporter in the late 2000s and the incredible amount of political scrutiny under which the…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Educational History, Politics of Education, Public Schools
Hess, Frederick M. – American Educator, 2015
Upon the realization that teachers inhabit a "cage" of their own, but one very different from that which ensnares school or system administrators, the author wrote the book, "The Cage-Busting Teacher," from which this article is drawn. The author spent a year interviewing a couple hundred teachers, teacher advocates, union…
Descriptors: Professional Isolation, Change Strategies, Educational Environment, Educational Practices
Vilson, José Luis – American Educator, 2015
José Luis Vilson is a blogger, speaker, and math teacher in New York City, where he has taught for 10 years. Parts of this article are drawn from his book "This Is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education." In this article he shares his concern for the lack of representation of black and Latino people, especially males,…
Descriptors: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Males, Disproportionate Representation
Kahlenberg, Richard D. – American Educator, 2015
Teacher tenure rights, first established more than a century ago, are under unprecedented attack. Tenure--which was enacted to protect students' education and those who provide it--is under assault from coast to coast, in state legislatures, in state courtrooms, and in the media. In June 2014, in the case of "Vergara v. California," a…
Descriptors: Tenure, Teacher Rights, Court Litigation, State Legislation
Bennett, Tom – American Educator, 2015
As a philosophy and religious studies high school teacher in the United Kingdom, Tom Bennett discovered that a good deal of what was considered orthodoxy in the profession was unsubstantiated. It was the inspiration for his book, "Teacher Proof: Why Research in Education Doesn't Always Mean What It Claims, and What You Can Do about It,"…
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Classroom Techniques, Misconceptions, Teaching Methods
Tanis, Bianca – American Educator, 2014
The author is a special education teacher in New York and a mother of two children on the autism spectrum. The author's intimate involvement in the education system has made navigating the world of special education for her children easier in some ways, but also infinitely more difficult and heartbreaking in others. Since the passage of No…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Disabilities, Testing Accommodations, Accessibility (for Disabled)
Freeman, Joanna – American Educator, 2014
There are many different job titles for this position around the country: school librarian, library media specialist, information technology specialist, research technology specialist, and library media coordinator. The position has changed from primarily a traditional librarian position to a balance of teaching and librarianship, and it's…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Role, Media Specialists
Wineburg, Sam – American Educator, 2013
Howard Zinn's "A People's History" of the United States has few peers among contemporary historical works. With more than 2 million copies in print, "A People's History" is more than a book. It is a cultural icon. While most historians aim to examine the full historical record, Zinn picks and chooses from it. Writing persuasively, he hides the…
Descriptors: Historians, History Instruction, Books, Historical Interpretation
Christodoulou, Daisy – American Educator, 2013
In this article, author Daisy Christodoulou, a former teacher in the United Kingdom, debunks the myth that teaching facts prevents understanding, and she explains why teaching content knowledge is part of the primary mission of education. Throughout this article, she tries to stress that she shares the aims of many of the people whose methods she…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Objectives, Teaching Methods, Knowledge Level
Waddell, Andy – American Educator, 2012
A man died last summer. At 78, he was neither old enough nor young enough for his passing to make news. His obituary was two paragraphs long. The "San Jose Mercury News" simply stated that Edward A. White was survived by "his brother Mike, his sister Mary and his many loving nieces and nephews." "As a passionate High School English Teacher" the…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, English Teachers, Altruism, Profiles
Doyle, Christopher L. – American Educator, 2012
This author contends that contemporary issues classes no longer have currency, as standardized test results are the litmus test for education. In many schools, students are isolated from firsthand accounts and formal study of events that textbooks will one day proclaim as defining experiences of their generation. According to Doyle, schools tend…
Descriptors: Merit Pay, Test Results, Citizenship, Democracy
Diamond, Norm – American Educator, 2012
Today's movement in support of the 99 percent is a reminder that throughout U.S. history, a major engine of change has been grass-roots organizing and solidarity. Major history textbooks, however, downplay the role of ordinary people in shaping events--especially those who formed labor unions and used the strike to assert their rights. One of the…
Descriptors: Strikes, United States History, Textbooks, Unions
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