1. TV: 'The Simpsons' Top 10 Education Episodes Mark Walsh EdWeek “Over the years, “The Simpsons” has addressed substitute teachers, essay contests, summer camps, yearbooks, high school reunions, teacher strikes, snow days, spelling bees, corporate influences on schools, and “rubber rooms” for accused teachers.”

  2. npr:

    The tech giant has launched a new tool for teachers. “Google Classroom” is paperless, and integrates with the rest of Google’s apps, like Google Docs. 

    While it’s too soon to tell how Classroom will be received, Google Apps for Education is already changing how early adopters teach — and raising some important questions about the transition to tech-enabled classrooms.

    Is Google’s Free Software A Good Deal For Educators?

    Illustration credit: LA Johnson/NPR

  3. with universal choice, new orleans now resembles… cambridge! 


    In New Orleans, there are no more neighborhood schools. Instead, parents must choose — a charter school, private school, or one of six remaining traditional public schools. This fall, more than 9 in 10 New Orleans students will attend charters.

    Parents apply through an open admissions lottery. They request their top choices, and then a computer makes assignments.

    The district set aside one day in July for last-minute enrollment. It expected about 300 parents. More than 2,000 showed up in the next few days, and eventually almost 7,000 students would be assigned to new school seats.

    The End Of Neighborhood Schools

    Photo credit: Edmund D. Fountain for NPR


  4. It is 6:20 am and I am already sweating.

    (Source: teachingtoday)

  5. "Today would have been Mike Brown’s first day of college, too." camkoa:

    Love my school

  6. Reflections: Acting French Ta-Nehesi Coates in The Atlantic

  7. Movies: An Analysis of Power In ‘Mean Girls’ “The movie has such enduring power and is quoted so much because it sheds some incredible light on real sociological phenomena.”

  8. Photo: Teacher Asks Students To Split Into 2 Groups To Simulate Ideal Class Size via The Onion

    "Hoping that a hands-on demonstration would help students grasp the concept, local teacher Rachel McKenzie reportedly instructed her class of 38 fourth-graders Wednesday to divide into two groups in order to simulate the conditions of an ideal class size."

  10. Playground ball: Not available on the App Store

    (Source: notonappstore)

  13. New Yorker: Poison Ivy: Are élite colleges bad for the soul? (via New Yorker)