The Common Core Standards, one of the biggest education policies in modern American history which has become so divisive, it is still leaving the students and teachers in a state of worry. A look at how the issue has become the core subject of politicking and volleying of counter arguments reflects that the issue will need greater examination all around.



In an eighth grade classroom of 20 students, a teacher is ready to teach important concepts of Chemistry. The objective is to teach three concepts to the students. However, at the end of the session, has the teacher made all the 20 students learn all the three concepts thoroughly, in the way they can explain those concepts in their own words and solve problems based on them? That’s doubtful, isn’t it?



For this week’s article, we have a guest blogger Tawaina Nicholson, who will enlighten us with her experience that she had in the Indian subcontinent and how a little girl’s attitude towards teaching made her start a new initiative. We thank Tawaina for taking out time and writing such a wonderful article for GetTeacherED.com. Scroll down to read the article.

Teachers Need Higher Grades

November 21, 2013 Posted by Admin | Leave a comment



Teacher education is under the scanner now as the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) described America’s teacher training colleges as “industry of mediocrity.” Teachers cannot pass their time without worrying about the future of the students sitting in front of them.



In education, the standards seem to change very frequently. Good teachers become great teachers by going beyond the call of duty and not following just the textbook. Although, this journey is a different gradual expedition in itself, there is a great need for such teachers to continue their education. Online MBA degrees is one of the answers to this desire of moving from a Teacher to a Leader.



By Armstrong Williams
Teaching — or at least teaching well — should be thought of as a “trade” not a “job.” Those doing an everyday (or even complex) job require training, experience and steadiness to become successful. Teachers need all that as well, but it’s more nuanced.
Teaching is essentially almost all interaction, and many aspects of life involve “teaching.” Corporations teach and train their employees, parents teach their children. While teaching is a skill that can be developed, some are naturally better than others. Therefore you can’t train a teacher the way you do a salesman at IBM, because there are a variety of methods for teaching a host of subjects.

Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results

September 28, 2013 Posted by Admin | Leave a comment



By Joanne Lipman
I had a teacher once who called his students “idiots” when they screwed up. He was our orchestra conductor, a fierce Ukrainian immigrant named Jerry Kupchynsky, and when someone played out of tune, he would stop the entire group to yell, “Who eez deaf in first violins!?” He made us rehearse until our fingers almost bled. He corrected our wayward hands and arms by poking at us with a pencil.

Today, he’d be fired. But when he died a few years ago, he was celebrated: Forty years’ worth of former students and colleagues flew back to my New Jersey hometown from every corner of the country, old instruments in tow, to play a concert in his memory. I was among them, toting my long-neglected viola. When the curtain rose on our concert that day, we had formed a symphony orchestra the size of the New York Philharmonic.