8 Questions with a Wealth Manager

8 QUESTIONS is a series of interviews with teachers who have effectively transitioned their classroom skills into new and exciting careers in the field of education. We at Teach.com believe that teaching is a rigorous and diverse classroom in and of itself; the skills learned “in the trenches” can translate into an exciting portfolio of professional options. From education tech to consulting, the only “X factor” is where you want to go — our interviews hope to shine a light on the steps it takes to get there.

Lessons from PARCC’s Sudden Rise and Rapid Fall: Budgets and Data

We discussed last week how PARCC, the standardized test born of the Race to the Top program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, has gradually fallen out of favor with schools and why. (We specifically discussed how it, like many standardized tests, can disrupt instruction and subject students to long slogs of test prep, while reducing teachers to proctorship).

 

Lessons from PARCC’s Sudden Rise and Rapid Fall

In 2009, in an effort to get a slice of the program’s $4.35 billion in federal funding, states were incentivized to adopt policies pertaining to things like common standards, performance-based teacher evaluation models, and “developing and implementing common, high-quality assessments.”

 

Revamping Your Resume for the New Year

A new school year is still many months away, so revising your resume might be the last thing you’re thinking about as you ring in 2018. 

Using Graphic Novels in the Middle School Classroom

The term “graphic novel” was coined in the 1960s by writer and comic historian Richard Kyle. Until the last several years, the genre was fairly unknown outside the realm of comic book fans. There’s no concrete, widely accepted definition. Adding to the potential for confusion, the term is used for any book which uses comic-like illustrations to enhance the story. Though fiction books dominate graphic novel offerings, an increasing number of them are being published on nonfiction topics. The term “graphic novel” still applies even to these informational titles.

7 In-Class Activities to Improve Concentration in Children

Today, the attention spans of students is decreasing due to the amount of time they spend online or using a technology device like a tablet or a smartphone. The culprit is not the device itself, rather what kids learn from using this device.