American Educator: Summer 2002

  • What Television Chases Out of Life

    Right now in America, the vast majority of all families have two or more television sets, and 33 percent of the two- to seven-year-olds have a television set in their bedrooms. Moreover, the time invested in TV has been increasing over the decades. While 39 percent of nine-year-olds watched...

  • What TV Chases Out of the Classroom

    Marie Winn

    An educator and authority on early childhood with forty years of experience as a teacher and principal has noted a change in children since the advent of television—they are more sophisticated but less mature:

    Young children today have a sophistication that...

  • A Coherent Curriculum

  • Notebook

    Funding Opportunities

    Would you like to apply for a grant, but never have time to meet the deadline? Start looking for grants that are awarded on a rolling basis. Two extensive lists are offered by the eSchool News Funding Center (www....

  • The Cascading Benefits of a Common, Coherent Curriculum

    The Massachusetts teachers described in "Lost at Sea" are not alone. Across the country, teachers have very little support in their effort to prepare students to meet new, high standards and demonstrate their knowledge...

  • A Test Worth Teaching To

    The IB's Course Guides and Exams Make a Good Marriage Robert Rothman

    At a time when teachers in America are concerned that an excessive focus on tests threatens to drive out effective teaching and learning, the International Baccalaureate offers a counterweight: a program where examinations encourage high levels of instruction and achievement.

    Many people...

  • Lost at Sea

    Without a Curriculum, Navigating Instruction Can Be Tough—Especially for New Teachers David Kauffman, Susan Moore Johnson, Susan M. Kardos, Edward Liu, Heather G. Peske

    "You want me to teach this stuff, but I don't have the stuff to teach." With this statement, Gail* captured the challenge many new teachers face as they enter schools today. She understood that the academic curriculum is the core of her work...

  • Excerpts from the IB History Exam

    The IB history exam consists of two to three papers depending on whether students are taking a Standard Level or Higher Level course. The samples below are drawn from the May 2000 Standard Level history exam.

    Paper 1: Document-Based Questions

    Students have one hour to complete...

  • Rewarding Requirements: A Closer Look at the IB

    To earn an official IB diploma that is recognized worldwide, students must follow a two-year IB Diploma Programme during their junior and senior years that includes prescribed coursework, "internal" and culminating assessments, and designated special projects:



  • Teaching for the Test and the Students

    Consider how Daniel Blackmon, a veteran IB and Advanced Placement teacher, uses the exam to develop his Higher Level IB course on the History of the Americas:

    Part of what I do when I organize my course is to look at the examination. There is an implicit agreement between the...

  • Ask the Cognitive Scientist

    Allocating Student Study Time: "Massed" versus "Distributed" Practice

    How does the mind workand especially how does it learn? Teachers make assumptions all day long about how students best comprehend, remember, and create. These assumptionsand the teaching decisions that resultare based on a mix of theories learned in teacher...

  • The Benefit to Equity

  • The Benefit to Subject-Matter Knowledge

  • The Benefit to Professional Development