Teacher Voices

History teachers need to be intentional about confronting misleading narratives that target groups based on religion or nationality, especially in the current political climate, writes educator Rachel Otty.
February 21, 2017 – Teacher

Celebrating Black History Month in class should inspire students to think critically about equality and justice and appreciate a significant part of American history, writes William Anderson.
February 16, 2017 – Teacher

As Betsy DeVos begins her term as secretary of education, how can she work to make every student’s future successful? Educator Bryan Christopher offers a letter of advice.
February 14, 2017 – Teacher

Educators need to remember how to love what they do. Cristie Watson encourages teachers to advocate for the profession to help re-spark their passion for education.
February 14, 2017 – Teacher

Opening up the classroom to balanced discussion can offer students clarity and comfort in light of recent political events, says Julie Jee.
February 8, 2017 – Teacher

To advance collaborative leadership, Wendi Pillars shares insights on defining a shared vision with fellow educators to implement a teacher-powered model in their schools.
February 8, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers should help students experience the joy of simply reading a great book. Justin Minkel shares guided reading strategies that help engage young readers by sparking their excitement.
January 31, 2017 – Teacher

Create a learning environment that teaches students about the importance of positive relationships and the responsibilities that come with collaborative work, says Cossondra George.
January 31, 2017 – Teacher

Ben Owens’ high school embraces the philosophy of "100-percent engagement, 100 percent of the time." He shares insights on building a student-centered, teacher-powered school culture.
January 24, 2017 – Teacher

In an era of high-stakes testing and timed assessments, teachers shouldn't overlook the importance of teaching revision in the writing process, writes Sarah M. Hess.
January 23, 2017 – Teacher

Providing students with opportunities to make choices in their learning process can improve their long-term decisionmaking skills, says Thomas Armstrong.
January 17, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers who want to bridge leadership within the classroom and beyond its walls should utilize professional learning networks and use their passion as a grounding force to meet both sets of demands, say Tricia Ebner and Char Shryock.
January 16, 2017 – Teacher

Justin Minkel encourages teachers to incorporate the creative wonder of childhood into their classrooms to make space for student individuality and help develop a love for learning.
January 10, 2017 – Teacher

Instructional coaches are supportive partners in the classroom. Linda Yaron shares some key foundations of coaching that transform the classroom into a place of reflection and collaborative dialogue.
January 10, 2017 – Teacher

“As educators, we can help our students develop their capacity to respond more creatively to uncertainty by making a few slight adjustments in our daily teaching practices,” writes former teacher Ronald A. Beghetto.
January 4, 2017 – Teacher

Helping students process new information through learning experiences can strengthen their reading and writing skills, writes Nancy Barile.
January 4, 2017 – Teacher

Using images to make sense of information can support student learning and increase personal agency for diverse learners, says educator Sherrill Knezel.
December 28, 2016 – Teacher

Supportive professional networks for teacher leadership can transform school culture and improve student engagement in low-performing schools, writes instructional coach Glenna Carlton Sigmon.
December 23, 2016 – Teacher

How can teachers make their classrooms truly child-centered? Justin Minkel shares some strategies on how to figure out students’ individual needs—starting with asking them.
December 18, 2016 – Teacher

Teachers and rocket scientists share several professional traits, Sandy Merz writes. For example, both are idealistic true believers.
December 13, 2016 – Teacher

Rather than arguing about whether or not dyslexia exists, teachers must have effective training to recognize the condition in their students and provide support, writes teacher Kyle Redford.
December 12, 2016 – Teacher

It's time to move past our expectations that sending a worksheet home will help children learn in meaningful ways, writes Samantha Hulsner.
December 6, 2016 – Teacher

To advance teacher leadership, Anthony Colucci shares insights on promoting supportive mentorships, meaningful professional development, and district-led initiatives to foster a collaborative teaching profession.
November 28, 2016 – Teacher

Some reports show an uptick in bullying incidents since Election Day. What role should teachers play to prevent incidents in schools?
November 18, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher leadership allows educators to influence and elevate others while still doing the job they love. William Anderson shares his insights on leading from the classroom.
November 18, 2016 – Teacher

Many Latino students felt scared and anxious after the election. Justin Minkel writes about how teachers can make sure they feel safe.
November 15, 2016 – Teacher

Universal design for learning can play an important role in helping teachers create culturally competent classrooms, writes Joni Degner.
November 14, 2016 – Teacher

Andrea Shunk left the classroom but remained in education. She explains the need for diverse professional roles that work together to enhance the teaching profession.
November 7, 2016 – Teacher

Correct misconceptions and put assumptions aside when teaching English-language learners, says Anabel Gonzalez. Teach to the student and recognize individuality in his or her differences.
November 1, 2016 – Teacher

When educators talk about grit as it relates to children of color in high-poverty schools, they often forget the role of kindness and compassion, Justin Minkel writes.
October 31, 2016 – Teacher

Students with learning challenges can look to peers for support and encouragement. Teacher Kyle Reford shares how student-led panels can destigmatize learning struggles through the exchange of personal stories and experiences.
October 24, 2016 – Teacher

Creating a makerspace in the classroom with household materials allows students to learn through modeling and design thinking, Marcia Powell writes.
October 21, 2016 – Teacher

Effective classroom management is about getting to know each student—even the ‘hard kids’—as individuals who deserve patience and compassion, says Justin Minkel.
October 12, 2016 – Teacher

New learning is heavily dependent upon old mastery, says Nicole Smith. Teachers can close knowledge gaps by helping students retain information and make connections across content areas.
October 10, 2016 – Teacher

Building new teachers' emotional resilience and cultural competence is key to helping teachers succeed in educating all students, Elena Aguilar writes.
October 5, 2016 – Teacher

Managing student behavior can be the top challenge for new teachers. Rachel Thompson shares her three reflections after a year of successes and failures.
October 5, 2016 – Teacher

High school teacher Rick Neal says that, in today’s education climate, it’s easy for teachers to forget their commitment to whole-child teaching.
October 3, 2016 – Teacher

Teaching collaboration is about more than just providing opportunities for group work and peer feedback, says high school teacher Deidra Gammill.
October 3, 2016 – Teacher

Good STEM lessons are not typical science or math lessons, says Anne Jolly. They must actively engage students in creating and engineering solutions for real-world challenges.
September 23, 2016 – Teacher

Writing about teaching is a meaningful exercise that can be transformative to teachers' practice, Nancy Barile writes.
September 20, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Stephanie Pinkin says the evolution of web-based technologies has changed teaching more than educators often realize.
September 9, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Marcia Powell offers tips for supporting constructive discourse and deeper learning in classrooms at a time of rampant discord and incivility.
September 2, 2016 – Teacher

English teacher Linda Yaron shares a selection of strategies to help students gain proficiency at what is fast becoming a "gatekeeper skill."
August 30, 2016 – Teacher

The word accountability seems boring and sterile when used to refer to "punishment through standardized test scores," but teachers already feel accountable to the people most impacted by their work, Justin Minkel writes.
August 29, 2016 – Teacher

Unless educators are willing to talk about the relational aspects of teaching and learning, schools have little hope of meeting the goals set for students, says teacher Karen Engels.
August 24, 2016 – Teacher

Chiquita R.N. Toure says the chance creation of a writing club at her school has helped students see writing in a new—and more constructive—light.
August 23, 2016 – Teacher

Schools can ease new teachers' anxieties by promoting honest conversation about expectations, culture, and community before the start of the school year, Cristie Watson writes.
August 17, 2016 – Teacher

Jennifer Casey says that adopting new digital tools for the classroom doesn't have be a huge time suck—and can help prepare students for the future.
August 17, 2016 – Teacher

The teachers' lounge isn't a place at all but a mentality that can creep up on educators unexpectedly and create a toxic school climate, writes Lauren Powell.
August 9, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Carl Draeger says that teachers can stay inspired by networking with colleagues and putting forth bold ideas to improve classrooms.
August 5, 2016 – Teacher

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