Teacher Voices

Professor Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon extols the virtues of interpretive discussion for enhancing the understanding of curricular material, as opposed to more-restrictive forms of instruction. April 16, 2014 – Teacher

A globally connected workplace will be the norm for this generation of students, writes instructional coach Ben Curran, requiring a unique and deep skill-set that teachers must help students develop. April 15, 2014 – Teacher

Deidra Gammill, a high school English and reading teacher, says her students have become confident and reflective readers, in part by becoming teachers themselves. April 9, 2014 – Teacher

High school language arts teacher Marie Levey-Pabst explains how she got her students to revise their own writing and make their grades more meaningful. April 7, 2014 – Teacher

Middle school language arts teacher Sarah Goodis-Orenstein explains how she uses real-world research projects to tap students' creativity and engagement. April 2, 2014 – Teacher

Middle school teacher Jody Passanisi says that youth researcher danah boyd's new book dispels many preconceived notions about teens and technology. April 1, 2014 – Teacher

Educator and author Donalyn Miller offers teachers some techniques to create not only avid readers, but lifelong readers. March 26, 2014 – Education Week

Teacher Sandy Merz tries to find what makes students learn best, starting with autonomy over their own learning. March 19, 2014 – Teacher

Middle school language arts teacher Sarah Goodis-Orenstein offers tips on improving students' on-demand writing skills, which she argues are increasingly needed both on standardized tests and in the workplace. January 29, 2014 – Teacher

Nancy Barile, a high school language arts teacher in Revere, Mass., writes that teachers' passions and past experiences can have a positive impact on their teaching and connections with students. January 22, 2014 – AP

Hillary Greene, a middle school teacher in Massachusetts, reflects on what she's learned from co-authoring a teaching blog with educators from other countries. January 15, 2014 – Teacher

High school English teacher Kim McCready offers three micro-exercises that she's found can help improve students' vocabulary and close-reading skills, even as she attends to beginning-of-class duties. January 15, 2014 – Teacher

William Tolley shares how he has adapted his classroom and approach toward education for modern-day technology. January 9, 2014 – Teacher

Wendi Pillars offers strategies for supporting the language development of diverse-needs students under the Common Core State Standards. January 7, 2014 – Teacher

Teachers can improve class participation and engagement by changing how they react to a student's incorrect answer, educator Brooke McCaffrey says. January 6, 2014 – Teacher

Teachers looking to build on student interests and increase engagement should work on developing these five "teacher strengths," says educator Marcia Powell. December 24, 2013 – Teacher

A high school teacher reflects on some of his early missteps in advocacy and what he's learned about effecting change in his local school community. December 11, 2013 – Teacher

Two middle school teachers contend that smartphones, like computers, are useful tools for instruction that should be harnessed rather than feared. December 10, 2013 – Teacher

As an American teacher in his first year working with 5th grade students in Finland, Tim Walker reflects on the lessons he would bring back to an American classroom. November 26, 2013 – Teacher

Showing film adaptations of texts can be more than just a reward for finishing the reading, says a language arts teacher. It can be a powerful tool for teaching critical analysis. November 20, 2013 – Teacher

John Owens, author of Confessions of a Bad Teacher, talks about his brief, unhappy career in education and what it says about school systems today. November 19, 2013 – Teacher

Carl Finer, a middle school English teacher in Los Angeles, says that educators may be missing the opportunity to seize a transformational moment in education. November 12, 2013 – Teacher

An instructional coach discusses how giving students exit cards can help teachers determine what students know and redirect their instruction accordingly. November 12, 2013 – Teacher

Teacher Brett Bohstedt discusses a program he created to teach mindfulness to students using breathing, body awareness, and positivity. November 5, 2013 – Teacher

When a middle school class began to exclude certain students, teacher David Rockower used writing to help students express their feelings and come up with solutions to rebuild the classroom community. November 4, 2013 – Teacher

Educator Leslie Laud says that evidence-based practices for teaching writing, including the use of formative-assessment techniques, can dramatically improve students' skills. October 30, 2013 – Teacher

Author, teacher, and former community organizer Larry Ferlazzo offers techniques for developing teachers' leadership potential, which he says is a key strategy for improving schools. October 29, 2013 – Teacher

Feeling burnout creeping in, a 5th year teacher decided to mentor a student-teacher in the hopes that it would rejuvenate her practice. She describes the many ways it worked. October 22, 2013 – Teacher

Wendi Pillars discusses what it means to be a teacher leader through the action words that define the role to her. October 15, 2013 – Teacher

A middle school teacher who looped with a class for three years in a row says the practice boosted student learning and changed her professional life for the better. October 9, 2013 – Teacher

When it comes to getting students to pay attention, teacher Sandy Merz has found that silence can be more effective than shouting. October 1, 2013 – Teacher

Educator Scott D. Farver discusses the need for teachers to be thoughtful in their choice of words, even with commonly-used words like "guys." September 30, 2013 – Teacher

A 6th grade teacher who piloted a project in which his students undertook interdisciplinary community-service projects offers some takeaways for implementation. September 18, 2013 – Teacher

Teacher Anthony S. Colucci says that being an active citizen is part of a teacher’s job description. September 10, 2013 – Teacher

Jenna Barclay stopped griping about her school’s lack of technology and found creative ways to teach her students the 21st-century skills they’ll need to compete. September 10, 2013 – Teacher

Award-winning educator Justin Minkel discusses the shift in focus that helped him mature as a teacher. September 3, 2013 – Teacher

Eighth grade teacher Ariel Sacks discusses the benefits, both educational and administrative, of putting students to work in the classroom August 27, 2013 – Teacher

Pernille Ripp, a 5th grade teacher in Wisconsin, says teachers' efforts to exert absolute control in the classroom can thwart learning opportunities. August 27, 2013 – Teacher

A teacher and father wants his own kids to love learning, and has three requests of their classroom teachers to help make that happen. August 20, 2013 – Teacher

High school French teacher Rajiv Mahajan explains how annual trips to Europe help bring nuance to his language skills and cultural knowledge. August 14, 2013 – Teacher

What do you do when you're unexpectedly transferred to teach a different class and grade? A teacher who went through the experience offers seven tips. August 13, 2013 – Teacher

Having headed a districtwide technology initiative for the last five years, an Alabama teacher reflects on past leadership missteps and how she’s since corrected them. August 6, 2013 – Teacher

An instructional coach offers some low-tech ideas for helping students develop collaboration and critical-thinking skills. July 31, 2013 – Teacher

Under the common core, teachers will need more than just a toolkit of strategies for teaching vocabulary words—they’ll need deep understanding of how language works, says a teacher-educator. July 31, 2013 – Teacher

Reflecting on her own experience, 10-year teacher Lillie Marshall offers her thoughts on how teacher-prep programs could better ready new teachers for the realities of the classroom (including those pelted-by-yogurt moments). July 23, 2013 – Teacher

An upcoming first-year teacher describes the most valuable lessons she learned from the veteran teacher with whom she interned. July 22, 2013 – Teacher

Before embarking on a trip to Nepal, teacher Wendi Pillars received a surprise lesson from her class about generosity and the value of understanding students’ passions. July 16, 2013 – Teacher

For most high school students, Mark Twain's controversial masterpiece brings frustration and confusion rather than literary enthusiasm, says a writer and educator. July 10, 2013 – Teacher

Fourth grade teacher Lana Gundy says that she gained insight into her students’ application skills and interests by having them create their own math problems. July 9, 2013 – Teacher

Just because a teacher's absent doesn't mean the day has to be a waste, says Dave Orphal. These tips can help keep the class attentive and engaged with a substitute. July 2, 2013 – Teacher

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