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Virtual Teaching Is
Over for Jill Biden
Sep 8, 2021 2:11 AM CDT
Virtual Teaching Is Over for Jill Biden
First lady returns to in-person teaching
- Jill Biden has gone back to her whiteboard. After months of teaching writing and English to community college students in boxes on a computer screen, the first lady resumed teaching in person Tuesday from a classroom at Northern Virginia Community College, where she has worked since 2009, the AP reports....
Teaching Job Would
Set Jill Biden Apart
Nov 8, 2020 10:03 AM CST
Teaching Job Would Set Jill Biden Apart
No first lady has held a paying position outside the White House
- "If we get to the White House, I'm gonna continue to teach," Jill Biden said this summer. If she does, CBS reports, she'd mark a first of her own: No other first lady has ever held a paying job. President-elect Joe Biden's wife works full...
Teacher Breaks the Mold
With Online Classes
Jun 13, 2020 1:00 PM CDT
Teacher Breaks the Mold With Online Classes
Jorge Manolo Villarroel's online classes have actually become popular
- Sometimes, Jorge Manolo Villarroel is Spiderman. Sometimes, he's the Flash, or the Green Lantern. But he’s always a teacher—one who lives out his childhood dreams by dressing up as superheroes for the locked-down students who attend his virtual classes, the AP reports. His classes have become so...
Teacher Says She Got
Fired for Giving Zeros
Sep 25, 2018 4:32 PM CDT
Teacher Says She Got Fired for Giving Zeros
Diane Tirado refused to follow the 'no zero' policy
- Should students get something for nothing? Diane Tirado doesn't think so, and claims she got fired for it. The 52-year-old teacher says West Gate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie, Fla., let her go when she refused to give students a half-credit for handing in nothing, CBS 12 reports....
Mar 14, 2016 12:33 PM CDT
Palestinian Teacher Wins $1M Prize
Hanan al-Hroub preaches non-violence at West Bank primary school
- A Palestinian teacher who grew up in a refugee camp and educates her students about non-violence won the second annual Global Teacher Prize, a $1 million prize for teaching excellence, beating out 8,000 applicants from around the world. Hanan al-Hroub, a primary school teacher in the West Bank just...
Doing Their Jobs—
and Students Aren't
Asking Them To
May 11, 2015 11:54 AM CDT
Professors Aren't Doing Their Jobs— and Students Aren't Asking Them To
English professor Mark Bauerlein sees the role of mentor fading
- In 1967, when students were asked about their goals for college, 86% pointed to "developing a meaningful philosophy of life," while less than half as many said "being very well off financially." These days, 82% are interested in the latter, while just 45% take the "...
What It's Like to Be
an Adjunct Prof
With a Grocery Job
May 4, 2015 12:22 PM CDT
What It's Like to Be an Adjunct Prof With a Grocery Job
Matt Debenham spends his mornings at the store before heading to campuses
- Being an adjunct professor isn't an easy job , nor is it a steady one—and it's certainly not lucrative. "Sometimes I think I did everything wrong" in leaving work in PR to focus on teaching, writes Matt Debenham at Buzzfeed . But while "there are a lot...
to Give It
Mar 15, 2015 1:30 PM CDT
US Teacher Wins $1M Prize, Plans to Give It Away
Nancie Atwell, 63, calls Global Teaching Prize 'a miracle'
- A US teacher who prefers reading and self-expression to standardized testing has won a $1 million prize, and plans to donate the entire thing—to a school she founded in Maine 25 years ago,
reports. Nancie Atwell, 63, heard the good news today at a ceremony in Dubai...
Without French Teacher,
School Uses Rosetta Stone
Feb 25, 2015 2:36 PM CST
Without French Teacher, School Uses Rosetta Stone
Parents in Quebec district aren't thrilled
- A Quebec mom recently noticed her 11
-grade son hadn't had any French homework lately, and when she asked him what was up, she was more than a little surprised at his reply. "Of course we don't have homework, we don't even have a teacher," Andrew...
Why College Adjuncts
Are Walking Out Today
Feb 25, 2015 1:00 PM CST
Why College Adjuncts Are Walking Out Today
National Adjunct Walkout Day aims to draw attention to teachers' plight
- Adjunct instructors struggle with lower pay and far less job security than their tenured counterparts, and today, they plan to take a stand against it: It's National Adjunct Walkout Day, Inside Higher Ed reports. The walkout was conceived by an anonymous adjunct at San Jose State University in October,...
During Gun Lesson
Aug 4, 2014 10:37 AM CDT
Firearms Instructor Shoots Himself During Gun Lesson
11-year police veteran was teaching family members
- If making mistakes is best way to learn, Texas firearms instructor Sgt. Heath Vanek gave his family members a great lesson last month. The Hewitt Police Department officer was teaching them to shoot, and while showing them how to clear the chamber of a jammed semi-automatic … he shot himself...
Jan 25, 2014 2:52 PM CST
'Second-Class' Professors Seek Fairer Wages
Adjunct professors get few benefits
- Even within the ivory tower of academia, many feel a sharp class divide: While tenured professors have job security and, often, six-figure pay, adjunct professors can see their courses dropped at any time and may be paid a relative pittance. "To students, everyone is just 'professor,'"...
Teach for America
Sep 23, 2013 11:44 AM CDT
Teach for America Fails Teachers
Olivia Blanchard explains why she quit after one year
- Like all Teach for America teachers, Olivia Blanchard made a two-year commitment to the program—but she quit after just one, and in the
she explains why. TFA's five-week training program simply can't compare to the years of training and student teaching non-TFA teachers go through—and...
Grad School Offers
Groupon Deal on Tuition
Sep 6, 2011 10:45 AM CDT
Grad School Offers Groupon Deal on Tuition
At least for one $2,232 teaching course, which will go for $950
- Is Groupon the future of financial aid? Probably not, but National Louis University is taking the site for a spin, offering prospective grad students almost 60% off its introduction to teaching course, the
reports. The course is specifically designed for Groupon, and assumes students have no prior teaching...
US Teacher Training
Gets 'F' From Panel
Nov 16, 2010 12:31 PM CST
US Teacher Training Gets 'F' From Panel
Would-be teachers should spend more time in the classroom, say experts
- In a scathing indictment of current US teacher-training standards, a panel of education experts has called for sweeping changes to teacher preparation programs. In emphasizing the need for a dramatic overhaul, an education expert stated that “we need large, bold, systematic changes”: To wit, the panel, which spent 10...
Nov 10, 2010 8:18 AM CST
Teacher Wins $225K After Losing Voice
Vocal chords damaged after working in noisy classroom
- A British teacher ruined her voice while struggling to make herself heard in a noisy classroom—and has been awarded $225,000 in compensation. Joyce Walters developed nodules on her vocal chords and had to give up teaching after working in an adult education center that placed her in a...
How to Spot Great Teachers
Jan 10, 2010 8:26 AM CST
How to Spot Great Teachers
Teach for America sheds light on two decades of insight
- Teach for America is opening its books on 20 years of trial and error in figuring out what makes some teachers great and others complete busts. As it screens college applicants, it now pays special attention to two characteristics: perseverance and life satisfaction. By perseverance, it means "not just...
Why Millenials Are
Aug 9, 2009 12:53 PM CDT
Why Millenials Are Quitting Teaching
- Sarah Fine arrived to teach at an inner-city school 4 years ago, ready to “‘give back’ after spending 22 years in a suburban, Ivy League bubble,” she writes in the
. Now, like so many other young teachers, she’s leaving—not just because she’s...
Ditch 'i Before e
Except After c'
Jun 20, 2009 6:27 PM CDT
Ditch 'i Before e Except After c' Rule: Brits
Ditty 'not worth teaching,' government says
- Generations of frustrated schoolchildren have grumbled that “i before e except after c” isn’t worth learning because of numerous exceptions. Now the British government agrees, the BBC reports. In a document sent to 13,000 primary schools, officials say the ditty “is not worth teaching” because it’...
Disney Schools Bring Mickey Into Chinese Classrooms
Apr 20, 2009 9:44 AM CDT
Disney Schools Bring Mickey Into Chinese Classrooms
Disney English centers teach Chinese kids new words—and new Disney characters
- Mickey Mouse and his cohorts are moving into China’s huge English-teaching market, reports the
Wall Street Journal
. Disney English centers teach kids as young as 2 the basics of the language with the help of Disney character-themed lessons and “magic tokens” that can be swapped for Disney merchandise...
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