Toward Better Teachers


Frank Bruni writes in the NYT  about  Joel Klein’s forthcoming book (former chancellor of New York City’s public schools). Klein zeros in on what he calls “the biggest factor in the education equation.”

It’s not classroom size, school choice or the Common Core.   It’s “teacher quality,” he writes, adding that “a great teacher can rescue a child from a life of struggle.”


Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?


Timely article on limiting screen time for toddlers


Heavier Babies Do Better in School


Interesting article and chart in the New York Times  10 pounds at birth is near the peak of the chart.

“Birth weight matters, and it matters for everyone,” says David N. Figlio, a Northwestern University professor and co-author of the study, which will be published in the American Economic Review. 




10 TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS – good ones to review together and set some goals (from the The Successful Professor) …..

Successful students exhibit a combination of successful attitudes and behaviors as well as intellectual capacity. Successful students . . .

1. . . . are responsible and active  ……





Four Ways to Spot Great Teacher


 Good review.  1) Have an active intellectual life outside the classroom 2) Believe intelligence is achievable 3) Are data-driven 4) Ask great questions  … and they might even stand on a desk like Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society for effect.