Teacher Voices

While many factors are out of their control, teachers still have a responsibility to try to make students' time in the classroom as enjoyable and meaningful as possible, writes Justin Minkel. February 2, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Marcia Powell discusses three options she believes could help schools move away from the one-size-fits-all factory PD model. February 1, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Karla Duff had never really thought about being away from her classroom for an extended period of time. Then came cancer, and a reckoning. January 26, 2016 – Teacher

Teachers Brianna Crowley and Barry Saide offer advice on developing an empathic mindset in an education culture that doesn’t always value it but desperately needs it. January 20, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Annette Christiansen offers some tips to help students develop as effective writers in the classroom, including emphasis on a variety of writing experiences. January 19, 2016 – Teacher

Learning logs are a way to help demonstrate concrete evidence of learning, but some models need modernization, teacher Bill Tolley writes. January 13, 2016 – Teacher

Students are going to doodle. So teacher Deidra Gammill offers some suggestions and tips for integrating visual notetaking into classroom instruction. January 6, 2016 – Teacher

In their efforts to break down reading skills, many schools have forgotten that for kids to learn to read fluently, they need opportunities to become immersed in books, writes Justin Minkel. December 29, 2015 – Teacher

Teacher Amanda Koonlaba offers a lesson plan for showing how art and math can work together, giving students a chance to create something while learning. December 23, 2015 – Teacher

Special education teacher Kristin Baningoso shares an activity that she incorporates into her classroom that can help educators explore race and culture topics and get students engaged in meaningful conversations. December 18, 2015 – Teacher

When teachers use their knowledge of this unique age to structure their classroom routines, middle school can be years that truly matter for children, writes Cossondra George. December 15, 2015 – Teacher

Computer science is often misunderstood, says teacher Neil Plotnick, but by approaching it as a tool that is vital in many disciplines, both students and teachers can better appreciate its value. December 7, 2015 – Teacher

To foster traits like grit and growth mindset, teachers need to develop lessons that challenge students to work independently toward grasping key conceptual ideas, write researchers Brad Ermeling, James Hiebert, and Ron Gallimore. December 7, 2015 – Teacher

Teachers can play a big role in helping families of diverse languages and cultures feel welcome and comfortable in schools, writes Anabel Gonzalez. December 1, 2015 – Teacher

In a time when some 1st graders can recite their test scores but can’t tell you what they want to be when they grow up, classrooms deserve more humanity, Justin Minkel argues. November 30, 2015 – Teacher

Gifted children have a host of complicated issues that need special attention and care from educators, says Anthony Colucci. November 23, 2015 – Teacher

Sending kids out of class or out of school doesn’t set them up to be successful when they return and knocks them further down the ladder they are trying to climb, high school teacher Joanna Schimizzi says, offering a different approach. November 18, 2015 – Teacher

We should not use assessments as the ceiling of our students’ learning, but rather as stepping-stones to help our students become their very best, says middle school teacher Farida Mama. November 10, 2015 – Teacher

Teacher Linda Yaron shares what elements she incorporates into her curriculum to help strengthen student opportunities for success. November 10, 2015 – Teacher

Breanna Elliott, an outreach specialist in African studies, says that school curricula too often reinforce antiquated stories and cultural understandings. November 3, 2015 – Teacher

Teacher William J. Tolley says that education-innovation advocates need to disrupt schools' definitions of success if they are to achieve Sir Ken Robinson's vision for creativity in learning. November 3, 2015 – Teacher

Stephen Pham, a 5th grade STEM teacher, argues that the use of digital tools in schools teaches students soft skills that enhance their academic development. October 28, 2015 – Teacher

Teacher Wendi Pillars offers methods to improve co-teaching relationships, which she says create new understandings and develop more effective practices. October 26, 2015 – Teacher

Universal Design for Learning is the perfect go-to teaching tool to guide instructional decisions, Elizabeth Stein says. October 19, 2015 – Teacher

The continuous emphasis on test preparation instead of a focus on the development of lifelong readers has diminished emphasis on students’ recreational reading habits, says high school English teacher Nancy Barile. October 14, 2015 – Teacher

When teacher Jennifer Henderson heard about a school censoring a student for discussing being gay, she turned it into a learning opportunity for her own students. October 7, 2015 – Teacher

Don't let rewards and punishments overtake a love for learning as the primary source of student motivation, Justin Minkel writes. October 6, 2015 – Teacher

A professional learning community is not simply a meeting: It is an structured collaborative process. And it works, Rick DuFour and Douglas Reeves argue. October 2, 2015 – Teacher

Could schools benefit from extreme makeovers in facilities, mindsets, or content emphases? Marcia Powell makes the case for doing so, with students, parents, and teachers taking the lead. September 29, 2015 – Teacher

Kim McCready, an instructional coach in English, says that her school has sought to better prepare students for their postsecondary lives by re-focusing on textual complexity and whole-class literary works. September 23, 2015 – Teacher

Christina Berchini says that teachers should use their own childhood experiences of bullying to inform their responses to situations playing out in their classrooms. September 23, 2015 – Teacher

English teacher Cheryl A. Redfield says it is critical for teachers to challenge the human tendency to overgeneralize about students from groups or backgrounds different from their own. September 16, 2015 – Teacher

The classroom is a place to learn, and teachers offer students support for learning. But they cannot force a child to learn, Kimberly Nellist-Ortiz writes. September 11, 2015 – Teacher

One year after implementing social media as a central classroom component, teacher Brianna Crowley and her students reflect on how to improve their efforts. September 9, 2015 – Teacher

Relying on tired beliefs about teaching doesn't help the profession, Sandy Merz writes. He offers suggestions for retooling such clichés. September 1, 2015 – Teacher

Teachers need not be intimidated by administrators when working on collaboration for the future, says teacher mentor Precious Crabtree. August 25, 2015 – Teacher

Fearing she is doing them a disservice, English teacher Sherry Armstrong looks for ways to encourage her shy students without aggravating them. August 19, 2015 – Teacher

In adapting to a school that is collaboratively run by teachers, Kathleen Melville says that she had to "unlearn" many of her past assumptions about teaching and learning. August 18, 2015 – Teacher

"Preparing kids to work together successfully in teams plays a critical role in today's STEM classes," says middle school teacher Anne Jolly. August 11, 2015 – Teacher

Teaching is the profession that makes every other profession possible. It all starts that first day of school, Justin Minkel writes. August 7, 2015 – Teacher

New teachers face many obstacles during their first year on the job. Middle school teacher Cristie Watson draws attention to some major errors to avoid. August 4, 2015 – Teacher

English teacher Brianna Crowley offers tips on adding visual appeal and avoiding soul-killing PowerPoint conventions in your presentations. July 29, 2015 – Teacher

High school English teacher Amy Williams says that the role of gender in K-12 school cultures is too little examined, resulting in missed opportunities for professional growth and instructional nuance. July 21, 2015 – Teacher

The most compelling presenters use effective teaching practices to engage their audience, says teacher Brianna Crowley. July 21, 2015 – Teacher

Teacher Anthony Colucci says that, in order for their voices to be heard, teacher leaders need to make their stories interesting and be confident in their skills. July 14, 2015 – Teacher

STEM teaching practice needs to cross into all aspects of education, former teacher and national STEM consultant Jonathan W. Gerlach says. July 10, 2015 – Teacher

David Edwards, deputy general secretary of Education International, reflects on what he learned about education and leadership from National Board President Ron Thorpe, who passed away last week. July 8, 2015 – Teacher

Middle school teacher Karla Duff says a teacher's foray into social media is like a road trip: Filled with roadblocks and learning experiences. July 7, 2015 – Teacher

As an American educator working in Spain, Anna Cherry found that teaching abroad helped her better understand teaching at home. June 23, 2015 – Teacher

Justin Minkel says that remaining with the same group of students for more than one year strengthens student-teacher relationships and has a powerful impact on learning. June 17, 2015 – Teacher

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