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Posted Aug. 9, 2017

9 Things Every Kid Needs to Know Before Going Back to School

Back-to-school time is a hectic and often stressful part of everyone’s year. Students, parents and teachers alike are bombarded with lists of what and what…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted July 25, 2017

10 Things Teachers Do That Drive Students Crazy

We’re in the heart of summer, a time when teachers are knee deep in professional training and contemplating how to improve their practice for a…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Jan. 26, 2017

I’m Not the Only Student Stressed Out From High School

Forty-five percent. According to NPR, this is the percentage of teenagers who say they struggle with stress from school pressures. Although stress is a normal…

By Sarah Frieman

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Posted Oct. 18, 2016

Look, I’m a High School Student and I’m Going to Make Mistakes. It Shouldn’t Be the End of the World.

Errare humanum est. Seneca, a Roman Philosopher, spoke these words (“to err is human”) because he too knew the importance of mistakes. Even 2,000 years…

By Rachel Krumholz

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Posted Sep. 22, 2016

Here’s the Trick to Becoming a Better Teacher on Your Own

As a high school English teacher, I was faced with a fundamental problem: Many of my kids weren’t actually reading the class material. Reading the…

By Eric Kalenze

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Posted Sep. 14, 2016

Homework? Never Say Never.

I’ve worked in hundreds of schools over the years. Most for very short periods of time, some much longer. But one thing has been almost…

By Steve Peha

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Posted Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from North Philadelphia to the predominantly…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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