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A Collection Of Resources On “Tricky” Teacher Topics

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My post yesterday on eating in class (see What Are Your Rules About Students Eating In Class?) received a lot of feedback, and it prompted me to think about what other “tricky” topics teachers discuss among ourselves or are asked about by others.

By “tricky,” I mean topics that generally either don’t have a definitive correct answer or, if they do, it can be a complicated one to explain.

Here’s what I have so far (let me know what other topics you think belong on this list):

What Are Your Rules About Students Eating In Class?

The Best Research On Listening To Music When Studying

The Best (Or, At Least, The Most Interesting) Posts On Teacher Attire

The Best Data On How Much Money Teachers Pay Out Of Their Own Pocket – What Do You Spend?

The Best Research On How Many Decisions A Teacher Makes Each Day

The Best Resources For Learning Why Teacher Merit Pay Is A Bad Idea

The Best Articles For Helping To Understand Both Why Teacher Tenure Is Important & The Reasons Behind Seniority-Based Layoffs

The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”)

Best Posts On Classroom Management

Best Posts On “Motivating” Students

The Best Resources For Learning About Homework Issues

The Best Resources For Learning About Grade Retention, Social Promotion & Alternatives To Both

The Best Resources On Grading Practices

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation

The Best Rubric Sites (And A Beginning Discussion About Their Use)

The Best Resources For Learning About How Class Size Does Matter

The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery 

The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement

The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools

The Best Posts & Articles Explaining Why Schools Should Not Be Run Like Businesses

The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important

The Best Posts & Articles About Videotaping Teachers In The Classroom

The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven”

The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America

The Best Posts Debunking The Myth Of “Five Great Teachers In A Row”

The Best Posts & Articles To Learn About “Fundamental Attribution Error” & Schools

A Beginning “The Best…” List On The Dangers Of Privatizing Public Education

The Best Posts About The Khan Academy

The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research

The Best Resources On Teacher/Student Use Of Social Media

A Beginning List Of The Best Posts & Articles On Accelerated Reader

The Best Posts Questioning If Direct Instruction Is “Clearly Superior”

The Best Resources For Learning About Parent Fundraising & Equity Issues

The Best Resources For Learning About The 10,000 Hour Rule & Deliberate Practice

The Best Resources For Learning About Ability Grouping & Tracking — Help Me Find More

The Best Evidence For Why Giving Schools “Report Cards” Is Bad — Help Me Find More

The Best Resources On Why Improving Education Is Not THE Answer To Poverty & Inequality

The Best Articles Showing Why Education Reform Is NOT The Best Way To Fight Poverty

The Best Research Demonstrating That Lectures Are Not The Best Instructional Strategy

The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech

The Best Articles Showing Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough

The Best Advice On Using Education Technology

The Best Resources For Learning About Balanced Literacy & The “Reading Wars”

The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics

The Best Posts, Articles & Videos Explaining Why Punishment Is Often Not The Best Classroom Strategy

The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools

The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case

The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More

A Collection Of Advice On Talking To Students About Race, Police & Racism

The Best Resources For Learning About Cognitive Bias

The Best Posts & Articles About Why Book “Leveling” Is A Bad Idea

 

 

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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