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The Teacher Gender-Gap
posted by: Alix | June 05, 2012, 09:34 am   

According to the most recent population survey released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the teaching gender gap is still alive and well. Male educators constitute just 2.3% of pre-K and kindergarten teachers, 18.3% of the elementary and middle school teacher population, and 42% of the high school level teaching staff.  These numbers are down from 2007, but suggest a clear female majority in the teaching profession, especially in the earlier grades.

Managing Stress as an Educator
posted by: Alix | May 31, 2012, 09:16 am   

You leave your house, coffee in hand, and it starts to rain outside.  You don’t have an umbrella.  You rush to your car, and, in a dash to save your freshly graded papers from rain damage, you put your coffee cup on the top of your car as you unlock the door.  You hop in the car, start the ignition, and, just as you pull away, you hear the clunk of your coffee cup hitting the sidewalk.  It’s going to be one of those days.

Teacher Mobile Device Use on the Rise
posted by: Alix | May 30, 2012, 09:46 am   

According to a report released by education nonprofit Project Tomorrow, teachers are more likely to use personal mobile devices, including smartphones and tablet computers, than the general public.  While 64% of principals and 54% of teachers have regular personal access to mobile devices, only 40% of the general public has access to personal mobile devices according to the data.

Online Resources for Music Teachers
posted by: Alix | May 24, 2012, 10:43 am   

Being a good music educator requires more than just teaching the notes on a page.  Music is a subject that is likely to be labeled as “old school” because – let’s face it – playing the violin does not involve a username or password.  In this age of MP3 players and online radio, music educators are finding great ways to engage music students by bringing technology into the classroom.  Music educators have a wealth of information available to them on the internet to help keep the music classroom on the “cutting edge.”
Cell Phones in the Modern Classroom
posted by: Alix | May 23, 2012, 10:04 am   

According to recent statistics, cell phone usage among American students has exploded in the last two years. Once strictly limited during school hours, cell phones are now commonly used by students throughout the school day. While some stakeholders believe cell phone technology can enrich the classroom experience or provide students a level of security, others are finding them to be a distraction, leaving administrators searching for policies that balance technology needs with a structured environment conducive to student learning.
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