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Teacher-Writers Columns from the CDT

Teacher-Writers Columns from the CDT

 

Centre County Teacher-Writers is a group of local teachers who gather to write about life in the classroom and the issues that concern them as educators. The group, founded in 2008 by College of Education faculty members Anne Whitney and Bernard Badiali, includes pre-K-12 teachers and teacher educators from the Centre Region who work together to support each other as writers.


"This is a great example of teachers leading the way," said Whitney. "They dedicate their time and energy- outside of school and on top of the busy life of teaching- to write for the public about issues that matter to teachers and students."


Columns by members of the group have been featured in the Centre Daily Times once a month since August 2010.

 
 

Think again about learning math

(June 2011)

 

Love of reading begins with choice

by Katie Anderson (May 2011)

English teacher and graduate student

A middle school teacher trusts her students to make choices that will lead them to love literacy, just as she did in high school.

 

Shared experience is what counts

by Jennifer Rand (April 2011)

English teacher, State College Area High School

Even when the value of teachers is being questioned, one educator believes that what matters most is something that can never be measured: how much a teacher cares.

 

Dedication to teaching is easy

by Anne Elrod Whitney (February 2011)

Assistant professor of education, Penn State

A former high school teacher decides that although teaching itself is hard, it is easy to love children and dedicate oneself to serving a greater purpose.

 

Teach children to sow good habits

(January 2011)

 

Fruits of labor take time to grow

by Virginia Squier (December 2010)

6th grade teacher, Mount Nittany Middle School

An educator learns that although the results of her teaching cannot usually be seen right away, they can be much more rewarding down the road.

 

Let students lead the way

by David Rockower (October 2010)

6th grade teacher, Mount Nittany Middle School

While lesson plans can act as road maps for the classroom, one teacher discovers that many exciting moments can come from venturing off the path.


Students learn by playing

by Jennifer Bess (September 2010)

1st grade teacher, Easterly Parkway Elementary School

Although it is not part of the typical classroom curriculum, a teacher finds that free play and social activities help students to develop a sense of community.

 

Test scores fail students

by Anne Elrod Whitney (September 2010)

Assistant professor of education, Penn State

A teacher educator believes that a teacher's effectiveness cannot be evaluated based on how high their students perform on tests.

 

Parents can help kids by helping in the classroom

by Linda Margusity (August 2010)

 

Summer time to re-energize

by Jennifer Rand (August 2010)

English teacher, State College Area High School

Even though teachers may seem to have convenient work hours and summer months off, one educator explains that being a teacher is a full time job.