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Weekly News Round-Up for December 7th
posted by: Melissa | December 07, 2018, 03:43 pm   

Each week, NWPE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, a charter school strike, racist Christmas songs, a teacher with scissors, and more!

 
When the Observation Is a Surprise
posted by: Melissa | December 05, 2018, 03:54 pm   

It always happens the same way. You’re just settling your class down, perhaps they’re a little rowdier than normal, or maybe it just seems that way, whichever the reality, you’re always distracted and never quite on your toes. This is when the administrator slips in, notebook and observation sheet in hand. There’s that brief flash of panic as you crane your neck to peer at your calendar. Did you forget? Was this scheduled? No, it wasn’t. If you’re completely honest, you’re a bit tired and weren’t planning on breaking any pedagogical ground today. There’s nothing to do, but briefly make eye contact, give the administrator a nod of your head, and press on to try to salvage something of the situation.

 
Weekly News Round-Up for November 30th
posted by: Melissa | November 30, 2018, 02:15 pm   

Each week, NWPE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, Tennessee’s one-note teaching force, rising teacher misconduct, battles over armed guards, and more!

 
Should You Add a Digital Assistant to Your Classroom?
posted by: Melissa | November 29, 2018, 03:15 pm   

Google Home and Amazon Echo burst onto the market four years ago. While some predicted that these devices would be yet another technological fad, they have proven their staying power as well as their reach. As they penetrate deeper and deeper into the market place, some are asking if these devices have a place in the classroom.

 
Teaching About the Holidays in Public Schools
posted by: Melissa | November 27, 2018, 10:01 am   

This guest post by Peter Siegel first appeared on Edutopia on October 13, 2016


Years ago, following a holiday concert I had just conducted at a small Vermont elementary school, a parent approached me with a complaint. “Christmas is the reason for the season,” he said. “So why can’t you sing about Jesus?” Public school teachers know that the answer is tied up in the U.S. Constitution, but the question did prompt me to ask myself a question that I still ponder today. Why do so many teachers find it hard to teach academically and meaningfully about all the holidays in a public school setting?

 
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