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June 1, 2013
Vol. 70
No. 9

Double Take

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Take Time—For TedTalks

We know you wanted to look at some of these riveting talks during the past school year, but you were just too busy. Now sit back, break out the popcorn, and watch!
  • <LINK URL="">Rita Pierson</LINK> on the importance of relationships in school.
  • <LINK URL="">Ann Cooper</LINK> on school lunches.
  • <LINK URL="">Andreas Schleicher</LINK> on using data to build better schools.
  • <LINK URL="">Sir Ken Robinson</LINK> on changing education paradigms.
  • <LINK URL="">Taylor Mali</LINK> on what teachers make.
  • <LINK URL="">Tyler DeWitt</LINK> on making science fun.
  • <LINK URL="">Temple Grandin</LINK> on the autistic mind.
  • <LINK URL="">Angela Duckworth</LINK> on grit.

Numbers of Note

Working Hard in Summer …

When asked whether they did work associated with teaching during the previous week, U.S. teachers reported the following:

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81 The percentage of teachers who reported working in June.46 The percentage who reported working in July.69 The percentage who reported working in August.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2008). American Time Use Survey. Data were collected from U.S. full-time teachers who teach preschool to high school.

Digging Deep to Fund Their Classrooms …

$936 The amount that U.S. teachers, on average, spent in the 2009–10 school year on school supplies for their classrooms.
Source: National School Supply and Equipment Association. (2010). NSSEA Retail Market Awareness Study. Silver Spring, MD: Author.

And Teaching More Hours Than Their International Peers.

1,097 The average number of hours that U.S. primary school teachers spend teaching per year.
782 The average number of hours that primary school teachers in 27 countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development spend teaching per year.
Source: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. (2011). Education at a Glance. Paris: Author.

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