New Documentary “Bully” Brings Attention to Critical Issue in Schools

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Bully movie

The issue of bullying in school is front and center this week, as the much talked about documentary, “Bully,” hits the theaters. The film has been in the headlines for the past few weeks because its controversial “R” rating angered many who felt it would be a barrier to the young people who would most benefit from seeing the film.

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Creating an Online Substitute

Tips on Using Technology to Ease Being Absent

We all know that it takes twice the amount of work to be gone from a day of school. There’s preparing your students for your absence, gathering materials, trying to foresee the potential problems, writing sub plans, and then returning to pick up where the substitute and students left off.

As my burgeoning teacher-leader role continues to evolve, I’ve had to do some careful thinking about when to be gone, how often to be gone, and how to maintain the learning pace in my absence. Thankfully, I have had wonderful substitutes, but I’ve also leaned on technology to bridge the distance between myself and my students. Last week while I attended the International Summit on Teaching and the WNET Conferences in New York, I used these tools to stay connected.

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Learning From Other Countries

Educators Share What's Working at International Summit

Last week, Sarah Brown Wessling and I attended the second annual International Summit on the Teaching profession sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Education International (EI), the NEA, the AFT and the Chief State School Officers in New York City.

It was interesting for a couple of reasons. First, the summit was created by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, so the United States has the opportunity to learn from countries whose students have excelled in the international rankings.

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4 Stress Relievers That Give Me Energy in Class

Kickboxing Makes Me a Better Teacher

There’s no denying the intensity of the classroom. It’s bursting with energy, it’s full of contradictions, and when you consider that teachers make about 10,000 decisions a day, it’s also exhausting. I think we all have one of those colleagues who makes us think: “where does he get all that energy” or “how can she possibly be so enthusiastic all the time?” Regardless of where those teachers find that interminable wellspring, I predict they have one thing in common: they take care of themselves in order to take care of others. See Sarah’s Top 4

How Do You Want to Collaborate?

We Need Your Input

Next week we are heading into meetings on the next wave of development on our Teaching Channel website. One thing we are developing is video-enabled groups so you can collaborate with your colleagues, and we need your input.

Please take a few minutes to answer our new Tchers’ Voice Survey because it’s important to hear directly from you as we move to this next important stage of building Teaching Channel.

We’re going to give a $10 DonorsChoose gift card to 50 survey participants. We’ll randomly select the names from registered users who have successfully completed the survey. I’ll keep this short and sweet, please start the survey now!

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Pat Wasley is the Chief Executive Officer for Teaching Channel. Pat began her education career as a public school teacher in the U.S. and in Australia. She has been a public school administrator, a researcher, a university professor, and a dean of both the Bank Street Graduate School of Education and the University of Washington College of Education.